Bee attractive plants
In the spring, Joe S. and I chatted about providing continuous bloom for bees in his garden. When one type of flower has finished blooming there should be other flowers just beginning to open and bloom. Continuous bloom is an important part of managing a continuous food supply for wild bees.
When I photographed his spring blooming flowers, he mentioned that the following bloom would provide food for his summer bees including summer mason bees.
|I will ask the gardener the name of this plant.|
|Crane’s bill- perrenial geranium|
|Fenced vegetable garden. Deer, will eat anything,
so plants have to be fenced in securely.
This beautiful and wonderfully scented rose is a mega-attractant to bees.
|This rose bush stands about 4 feet tall.|
|This rose is so attractive to bumble bees that at one
point there were 6 bees inside this one flower.
|More bees in this rose.|
|This orange flower’s name escapes me. I will add it in later.
the bumble bees loved this plant
|The changing vista of an island|
|This bumble bee is a male- indicated by the yellow face.
Once you see males foraging in the garden,
the bumble bee colony is near its end. The queens mate,
by themselves in the ground.
|Drumstick Onions with a bumble bee
embedded within the florets
Joe has a great garden for bees. He tries to have continuous bloom so that bees always have food available to them.
|Another onion drumstick with a bumble bee.|
|Beautiful red columbine with drumstick onions in the background.|
|Joe S. and three of his gorgeous rhododendrons in bloom. He tries to attain continuous bloom so that
bees always have food available.