Honey Bees in the Garden: January: I love honey bees!!

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Honey Bees in the Garden:  January

By Mindy03
January 14, 2011

Honey bees have been living on stored honey since the killing frosts in autumn took the flowers away. They will be eager for fresh food as soon as it's warm enough for them to fly.

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Sharran
Jan 13, 2011 6:39 PM CST
Great article and a great reminder, Margaret. Bees are so beneficial.
Thank you!
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Mindy03
Jan 14, 2011 6:34 AM CST
Thank you Sharon for both the compliment and the help with this article.

Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jan 14, 2011 7:11 AM CST
I have never thought about bees in winter - much. Interesting.
I have Mahonia (although it is "invasive" in many states) and it is really fun to see bees out on the milder midwinter days going to those flowers. They smell nice too if you can get close enough with that super-prickly foliage. I have an article at DG on it.

Witch hazel is on my wish list too!

A nice thinking-spring topic!
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Jan 14, 2011 7:40 AM CST
Thank you Sally. Could you post the link to that article? Mahonia is new to me and I'd like to learn more about it.
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jan 14, 2011 7:47 AM CST
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2097/

That should get you there. I haven't read it since it ran so I hope it tells you all you want to know!
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chelle
Jan 14, 2011 10:40 AM CST
Sally, are you interested in witch hazel seedlings? If so, I could send you a cubits link to the place where I ordered some. Smiling
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Name: Chris
NW Pa, Near Lake Erie
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Ladygardener1
Jan 14, 2011 11:11 AM CST
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I was fortunate to have a colony of Honey Bees take up residence in a locus tree in my back yard 2 years ago. My flowers are just full of them over the summer. I look forward to them visiting my early spring crocus blooms.
To much snow outside for anything to bloom right now. Can't wait for spring.

Sharran
Jan 14, 2011 11:27 AM CST
Chris, that reminds me of the old locust tree that grew in the front yard of the home where I grew up in southeast KY. When it bloomed, it was so full of bees I thought the sound was like singing, they surely buzzed with a rhythm. Oh boy, I miss that tree and those bees and those songs!
Name: Chris
NW Pa, Near Lake Erie
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Ladygardener1
Jan 14, 2011 11:46 AM CST
Sharon, that tree has been very popular in my yard, it has been the home of a squirrel family, fun watching the babies learning to emerge from the nest and grow up. And I planted a Trumpet vine at its base and it has grown to the top and flowering.
I often see people walking by looking in amazement at the top of that tree with the orange flowers.
It is pretty messy, dropping a lot of branches after a storm but I would really miss it if it had to come down. Thumb of 2011-01-14/Ladygardener1/f81765

Sharran
Jan 14, 2011 11:59 AM CST
They are messy and the thorns are a pain, but oh how pretty! Beautiful picture!

I never thought of adding a trumpet vine, but I did add blue morning glories to a crabapple tree once.
Shocked the neighbors to see blue blooms on a an ornamental crabapple.
Can't find a photo now, but maybe later.
Name: Chris
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Ladygardener1
Jan 14, 2011 1:12 PM CST
You need a good sturdy tree to grow a Trumpet Vine, Big Grin

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I like the morning glory, crab tree combo. I am doing a clematis-weeping cherry but it is still young and only starting to bloom in the upper branches.
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Mindy03
Jan 14, 2011 3:07 PM CST
Sally thank you for the link. Mahonia is a vaulable honey bee plant but I think I'll pass on it. As clumsy as I am, I'd be certain to accidently brush against it.


Sharran
Jan 14, 2011 5:43 PM CST
Chris, looks like that trumpet vine is about ready to take the trellis right up the tree with it!!
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Skiekitty
Jan 17, 2011 3:49 PM CST
No bees here this time of year.. which is good because that also means no hornets or wasps. I have beebalm and butterfly bushes for the bees. Had a couple ginormous bumblebees in the yard last year, but I can't tell the difference between a honey bee & any other kind of bee. I know wasps.. and I hate hornets w/a passion (hurt like all get out when you're stung by one.. my leg was swollen on my knee where I was stung by a hornet that got trapped inside my pantleg). But honey bees? No idea.
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
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Mindy03
Jan 17, 2011 5:39 PM CST
Toni take a look at this sunflower Wildflowers submitted to my database. It has a good view of a honey bee.

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mekos
Jan 17, 2011 5:53 PM CST
And just look at all the pollen on it's legs! Been a busy bee!
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Andi
Jan 18, 2011 6:09 PM CST
There is a huge black locust tree nearby. I love the scent in the spring, but it is a messy tree - dropping leaves, bark and spent flowers everywhere. The tree harbors carpenter bees and it is a favorite of the woodpeckers. I haven't seen honeybees -only carpenter and bumble bees. The locust bean tree has a huge poison ivy vine climbing it. The neighbors cut the vine, poison it, everything they can think of, but it still comes back. Luckily, only trumpet vines are climbing the black walnut trees. The trumpet vine is apparently immune to juglone released by the walnut trees. I have plenty of trumpet vine seeds if anyone wants some. It drops these long seed pods that look like small snakes...don't know how many times they made me jump!
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Jan 20, 2011 11:05 AM CST
This is the type of bee I don't purposefully kill (sorry, I don't like to kill critters I don't eat, but I also can't be stung either.. the ER gets too expensive & I hate doping myself!!). I put out the traps for wasps. They always chase off my hummers. :(
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Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
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mekos
Jan 20, 2011 11:08 AM CST
Beautiful flower with the bee and I love your bird!
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jan 20, 2011 1:41 PM CST
Beautiful flower Toni. I had DH take a look at the bee he said it's not a honey bee. It looks more like a small bumblebee. If you compare the bees in the pictures you'll notice the back end is slimmer on the honey bee than the one in your picture. And yours is bigger than the honey bee.

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