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June Plants for Honey Bees

By Mindy03
June 2, 2012

Summer is coming, with longer days and hotter temperatures. June is still a great month for honey bees, but they may not produce as much honey as the days get hotter.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 1, 2012 7:56 PM CST

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Our Vitex shrubs are in full bloom and hundreds of bees at a time are visiting them.
Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Jun 2, 2012 7:07 AM CST
Isn't it wonderful to see so many at a time? And the buzzing is music.

Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 2, 2012 7:16 AM CST

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I agree
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Hemophobic
Jun 3, 2012 7:09 AM CST
Dave and Mindy:

One of my gardening mags contains a reference to Vitex as being a fall-blooming shrub and I knew this was incorrect, but maybe there is a fall-blooming cultivar? I don't know, but I know here in NC the vitex blooms before the buddleias and crape myrtles and it took me a long time to figure out what those pretty (Vitex) shrubs were that were blooming so early!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jun 3, 2012 7:26 AM CST

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Our always start blooming in early May and continue all the way until the frost!
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jun 3, 2012 12:06 PM CST
Angie I did a search to see if I could find a fall blooming cultivator with no luck. Since it does bloom in the fall, it is a fall blooming plant but all sites I checked says it starts blooming in May or June and continues through September.

My articles list the plants when they start blooming because beekeepers need to know when plants bloom and for how long so they can prepare for strong honey flows in their area. Honey bees fill up supers really fast when there are lots of plants blooming at once.

Dave I hope you took a picture of those bees on your vitex plants. .
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jun 3, 2012 8:26 PM CST

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I thought I did, Margeret, but I can't find it now. I'll take another one soon. Smiling
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Mindy03
Jun 4, 2012 6:07 AM CST
Thanks Dave I love honey bee pictures.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jun 4, 2012 6:14 AM CST

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I agree

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