Bee attractive plants
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.
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.
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!
|Bumble bee male ( yellowish head) on red clover.
Photo credit-Ian Lane- with permission
Clover is probably the most abundant and best producer of nectar available to bees within the city and into the suburbs. Of course blackberry is another great flower for bees since it also produces lots of nectar.