Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 1080, Replies: 31 » Jump to the end
January Plants for Honey Bees

By Mindy03
January 31, 2012

It's January, which usually means winter in most places. Winter evokes visions of gloomy days of cold and snow, but in some areas the sun shines and the temperature is warm enough for honey bees to be out and about. What's blooming in January to tempt honey bees to leave their hives and forage for food?

[View the item] Give a thumbs up

Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
fiwit
Jan 30, 2012 6:18 PM CST
Ya know, much as I hate the henbit deadnettle that thrives in the 10x150 stretch of my yard down by the street, I have to admit it's the best bloomer in late winter/early spring. I haven't been as adamant about getting rid of it as I could be because I want the pollinators to have some food when they're out in the early spring
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Mindy03
Jan 30, 2012 6:48 PM CST
Good for you. Late winter and early spring are critical times for honey bees.
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
fiwit
Jan 30, 2012 7:31 PM CST
I'm certain that at least one of my neighbors is less than thrilled, but until I can oversow it with clover, the henbit will stay.
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
Charter ATP Member Clematis I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Daylilies Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: Colorado Ponds Roses Sempervivums
Image
tabby
Jan 30, 2012 7:38 PM CST
Absolutely nothing is blooming since we get temperatures well below freezing right now, but I've seen honey bees on the apples on the ground when it's a bit warm out. It surprised me since I thought they'd still all be in the hive this time of year. But there were hundreds of honey bees on the apples. They were definitely honey bees, not yellow jackets, which I think are all dead this time of year.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Mindy03
Jan 30, 2012 8:02 PM CST
If it's warm enough and sunny they do get out for cleansing flights and if they spot a source of food they will forage. Our bees still have enough food but it has been warm enough for them a few days last week that they went and collected something. They also collected something from some sawdust, I have no idea what they are getting from that.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
Image
flaflwrgrl
Jan 30, 2012 8:49 PM CST
Sap?

Nice article Margaret. I love the plant lists. makes things easy to plan. Thank you.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
CarolineScott
Jan 30, 2012 9:20 PM CST
This is a good idea---to tell us which plants are good for the bees at various
times of the year.
The January one is not applicable up here as it has been cold for a spell.
Now it seems to be warming up and bees may come out.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
LindaTX8
Jan 31, 2012 1:23 AM CST
We've got an Arizona Ash here that's blooming early...that's where the bees are here!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
Image
SongofJoy
Jan 31, 2012 4:44 AM CST
Henbit all over my back yard. It's blooming right now and soon the scene will be a sea of pinkish-purple. I'm one weird-o who loves it. And the bees too, of course. It was 62º here yesterday and will be 65º today. Bee activity for sure! Wild violets ... some of my daffs are even getting ready to pop into bloom. I think it's still January???



The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Rick Wells
Pensacola,FL (Zone 8b)
\"All the World's Problems Can Be S
RickWells
Jan 31, 2012 4:52 AM CST
Another use for Henbit http://healthiveg.com/2011/04/12/henbit-high-five-another-we...
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
Image
SongofJoy
Jan 31, 2012 5:00 AM CST
Thumbs up Yes, and I've got dandelions blooming now as well. Great in salads or on sandwiches ... both the greens and the flowers. The early ones are the best (dandenlions).

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Mindy03
Jan 31, 2012 7:09 AM CST
Thanks everyone. I'm glad you are enjoying these articles. I apologize for being so late with this one; life got in the way.

Ann it must be the sap since they don't bother the wood pile that's dried out.

I'm enjoying hearing what's blooming in the different areas so keep those coming.

Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: United States of America
Purslane Garden Art Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: North Carolina Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
vic
Feb 1, 2012 6:24 AM CST
GREAT article Margaret!

Tee, I'm with you, I like the henbit and it's all over our yard as well.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
Image
SongofJoy
Feb 1, 2012 6:39 AM CST
Hurray! Makes me feel good that I'm not alone. Thumbs up

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: United States of America
Purslane Garden Art Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: North Carolina Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
vic
Feb 1, 2012 6:45 AM CST
Thumbs up
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Mindy03
Feb 1, 2012 9:02 AM CST
Thanks Vic.

Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Ferns Daylilies Irises Cat Lover
Image
Sharon
Feb 1, 2012 10:28 AM CST
Me too about henbit.
Visit my cubit Blue Gardens
Check out my Blog
Read my Articles and Ideas
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
LindaTX8
Feb 3, 2012 9:26 PM CST
They are out there every day on that Arizona Ash. They also go to blooming Rue, but mainly just that tree. It's a weird winter, been unseasonably warm for about a month.
Thumb of 2012-02-04/LindaTX8/4cfe54
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
fiwit
Feb 3, 2012 9:32 PM CST
Wow! Wonder if that will grow in my yard? (FAR away from the house, though)
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
LindaTX8
Feb 3, 2012 10:38 PM CST
It literally grows like a weed here! I didn't know what it was for many years after it came up.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« January Plants for Honey Bees
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by sunnyvalley and is called "Hair-raising"