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Name the top plants in your yard for bees.

 
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Sharla Kew wrote:Hey everybody. I'm doing a series of images based on advice, etc. from the forms, and I did one from this thread! It's from the second (or third?) post in the thread.
Thanks, John!



That is Awesome Sharla!
 
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Sharla Kew wrote:Hey everybody. I'm doing a series of images based on advice, etc. from the forms, and I did one from this thread! It's from the second (or third?) post in the thread.
Thanks, John!



Oh my, that is lovely! Simple, informative, eye catching, and I like that it used a permaculture theme that is actually pretty mainstream (disappearing bees issue).
 
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Yesterday I was out and there were small bees and a couple of big bumblebees having a fun time around the Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium.)
Sadly this is really all I have to offer them at this time.
 
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Simple question for me to answer:

African blue basil. I get tons of bees on it 12 months of the year. In fact, in the spring when I want my trees pollinated, I cut it way back because the bees would rather attend to the blue basil than my fruit trees.
 
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This week, the most popular flower for honeybees in my garden was breadseed flowers.

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Bees on breadseed flowers
Bees on breadseed flowers
 
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My 10 foot tall hibiscus (rose of sharon) is completely loaded with all kinds of bees right now!  I am enjoying watching the bumblebees burrowing down into the flowers and getting covered in yellow pollen!
 
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Figwort, borage and comfrey for both honey and bumbles.
 
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Bronze fennel - all kinds of wasps, tiny beetles, honeybees, and swallowtail butterflies

Cornflowers, Lamb's Ears, Blackberries - lots of honeybees

Scabiosa Atropurpurea 'chile black' - seems popular with honeybees but is also the favorite for monarch butterflies right now

For sheer diversity of smaller pollinators, the native Coyote Brush on our fence line is the definite winner. I don't know what most of them are, but seems to be a good mix of tiny bees, wasps, flies, and even some beetles.
 
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I have this type of mint I call “fuzzy mint” that perfumes the air with the slightest touch.  It grows about 3 feet tall, and when it’s in bloom it’s absolutely swarming with a myriad of species, it’s something to behold.  I’ll take a pic and post it here later this year when it’s blooming
 
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Despite this photo, the squash isn't my top pollinators plant.  Depending on the time of year I always have an abundance of native wild flowers and I always let my herbs flower.  They seem to prefer tiny masses of flowers to big showy blooms like these.  Even the sunflowers are actually masses of tiny flowers growing together.

I'd give you a sunflower photo if any had started blooming yet.  We're nearly there.
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Four bees crowded into a squash flower
Four bees crowded into a squash flower
 
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It has been a long while since I started this thread. Still learning!

I believe I have moved 5 times since the thread was started. Many different ecosystems.

At the new place here in Chesapeake, VA I have some very large fields that have been absolutely covered in white and red(pink) clover for a very long time along with the native flowers.

Because of this the bumble bee population has absolutely exploded this year!!! Now that my garden is in bloom…. I have bumble and honey bees absolutely everywhere. Along with Pensilvania soldier beetles and many types of solitary bees.

There has to be many dozens of bumblebee nests within their flight range. They are all over my clover, wall of cucumbers, wall of melons, and wall of scarlet runner beans.

I even caught two honey bee swarms in my single swarm trap this year. Awesome!


Also, my field borders are surrounded by Sour wood trees. I was about to order a bunch online to plant for the honey… but mot now. They are about $15 each online.

~Marty
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