My name is Dr Margriet Dogterom and am the founder and owner of Beediverse. I write this blog for all who love bees and who want to learn more about these wonderful creatures.

Bee attractive plants

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Mints are always a bees’ favourate. Plant them in pots if you are worried about them spreading. Mints bloom in the summer.

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This is best shrub you can buy for Mason Bees. Pieris japonica. Prune every fall after bloom and blooms will abound. It blooms in early spring when mason bees are emerging.

Gardening for bees is a lot of fun. One way of creating space for bee attractive plants is to create an edge of plants adjacent to your lawns.   Bees need food in the form of pollen and nectar.  Therefore choose plants that are attractive to bees and that are suitable for your region.  The ultimate is to have flowers blooming throughout the spring, summer and autumn because different species of bees abound at different times of the year.  A great way to see what attract bees is to go to a nursery at different times of the year and see which plant are the most attractive to bees.  It is a fun way to go shopping.  Go shopping for garden plants on a sunny day.  The mornings are usually the best time to do this.  Have fun and send us your pictures.  The bees will love your garden and they will come back every year for your enjoyment.

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A patch of raspberries. Bees love these flowers. Blooms in late spring.

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The lowly dandelion- a great source of pollen and nectar in early spring. I leave them in my lawn and add them to my salads!! And the bees love them too. How can I loose?

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This shrub flowers in the early summer and gardeners usually use them as hedges. It buzzes with bumble bees when it is bloom. Does anyone know this plant?  Cotoneaster?

 

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Sedum- blooms in the hot part of the summer ( a fly likes this flower too).

This is a great fact sheet on what to consider when gardening for bees. Link to fact sheet.

kevin 5A nice little clip of a mason bees grooming and feeding herself on lavender in a balcony garden.  Also see videos of mason bees chewing out of their cocoons. Awesome.

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Plums and strawberries

      Plums and strawberries.  Yumm! 

       Fruit depends on a bees visiting flowers  and thus produce these

        luscious fruit.

 

Honey bee on Pineapple mint

Pineapple mint

Mints are very attractive group of plants for bees because it produces lots of nectar. 

The cone like flower structures of the pineapple mint consist of numerous florets that open, starting at the base of the cone.  It takes about 3-4 weeks for all  florets to open.

 

Original photo- This tiny bee is on the center flower.

This photo was enlarged 125% from the original photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the summer months there are a lot of bees out there, but look closely- some of these bees are tiny  (6mm 1/4″ long).

Bonnie, my web master showed me how to crop and enlarge with Adobe.  🙂

I have been having a lot of trouble with focusing on these small bees.  I am using Fujifilm EXR camera.  Yesterday I was playing around with focusing on some text.  I pressed the shutter down half-way, and the camera focused to 2″ away from the subject.  Amazing.  Then I released the shutter- and it focused back to the default.  I did not realize that I should continue pressing the shutter to take the focused picture. I thought it would hold the focus until I partially depressed the shutter again.  But not so.  So now with renewed knowlege, I will see what I can find in the garden today.

Since I expected another sunny day today.  I made sure my flowers were well watered, so they could make nectar for any visiting bee.

I was showing my 9 year old grandson a trick or two about photography this summer.  

A little space goes a long way!

For a long time, photography of flowers were  a mystery to me until I learned that a black or dark background and low angled light (early morning or late evening or winter light) works rather well.  It also works if the background is not distracting and adds to the story.   

A good camera and the right settings help as well of course. 

This yellow Anemone flowers all summer.  This one found a tiny crack between the wall of my carport and asphalt driveway.

The mauve Aster blooms in late summer and insects, in particular bees love it.  If it is watered regularly, nectar is produced, making it a very attractive plant for insects.   Cropping this photo using Adobe would also help, but I have not mastered this yet!

Aster-blooms in August

Aster-blooms in August

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