Hugo Morvan wrote:Hyssop would also be a great one to add.
N. Neta wrote:Thanks Anna... That means a lot.
Would you be willing to share the bee plants you're having in your zone?
Rebecca Rosa wrote:
Thyme is wonderful and comes in many varieties.
Borage is another one the bees seem to love that doesn't mind harsh soil or drought and will happily re-seed itself.
Jerusalem sage (Salvia hierosolymitana), a surprisingly pretty flowering plant native to Israel, certainly does its job attracting pollinators with its peculiarly shaped blossoms.
Scabiosa is big genus with many mediterranean species, a favorite of bees and butterflies, & grows well in light, neutral soil in a place that doesn't get wet soil during the winter.
Anne Miller wrote:I have Blue Sage, Autumn Sage, and Turk's Cap
Anne Miller wrote:Once established we do not water our plants. We live with drought and the plants seem to make it okay. about the end of summer, the Turk's Cap will look a little wilted though they seem to service temp of over 100' F.
Barry Frantz wrote:we see a lot of bees on our small fennel plot...
also see bees active on anything in the mint family.
Hugo Morvan wrote:There is bulb fennel and leaf fennel. Things like bronze fennel are perennial. They have a big central pen root. The bulb fennels much less so.
Those bronze fennels attract many insects. But i fail to remember weather they were bees or these hovering flies that dress up like wasps.
But anyway they are great attractors of insects for sure. Literally swarming. Big strange insects come from the woods to feast on those tiny yellow flower umbrellas sometimes.
The foliage tastes exquisite when young and added to a salad! Delicieux!
Birds feast on the seeds when you don’t cut them though. They’ll lose some on their flight and plant them for you.
It’s great stuff.
I never water them when established. Maybe try one in the shade for starters. And if it doesn’t work there then it must be too hot where you ate.
larass tdvv wrote:Beautiful spot you have! Just amazing to look at :)
N. Neta wrote:
Thank you so much, Rebecca...
We have tons of thyme (different varieties) and sage (different varieties), and they're great - both for the bees and for our kitchen (and they're great ground covers).
Borage - we just sourced some seeds... can't wait for them to take hold and spread.
I never heard about Scabiosa, but after some research I even found Pterocephalus (Canary Shrub Scabiosa) - which is endemic to my island... Gonna look it up.
Make it a great day...
Rebecca Rosa wrote:I was inspired to look up some more of your island's endemic flower species...
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