May Plants for Honey Bees: Thanks for the list of plants!

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May Plants for Honey Bees

By Mindy03
May 11, 2012

May is the month when late spring blooms are going strong and early summer blooms are getting ready to show off. The living is good for honey bees.

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 10, 2012 6:43 PM CST
This will come in very handy as I choose plants for my garden. Green Grin!
Susan

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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
May 10, 2012 6:48 PM CST
You are welcome Susan. There's lists for each month this year as well as some from last year if you are interested.

Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
May 10, 2012 7:10 PM CST
Great, is it just Bees or do you have list for butterflies or birds?
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
May 10, 2012 7:17 PM CST
I just do honey bees don't know much about birds or butterflies.

But I seen some comments on some of the plants that mention butterflies and birds.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
May 10, 2012 7:29 PM CST
That's good, I certainly would like more bees for pollinating my plants. Thumbs up
Susan

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
May 10, 2012 9:37 PM CST
virginiarose said:This will come in very handy as I choose plants for my garden. Green Grin!


nodding I agree

Thanks Mindy! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
May 11, 2012 5:38 AM CST
You are welcome Marilyn.

How many of the plants listed do you already have?
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Marilyn
Mar 8, 2013 10:49 PM CST
Hi Margaret,

I have...

Lilac, not (a) Common, but 'Miss Kim', does that count?,
Snowball Viburmum (thought I had pics of it, but must be in diff. plant file),
Candytuft (Iberis),
Speedwell (Veronica), but it's not the same one,
Salvia/Sage (a lot of Salvia during the Summer and I see honey bees),
Holly (don't know which, so pics are in the main Holly PF),
Edging Lobelia (when I can get it during Summer),

What about Crocus, Agastache, Porterweed, Zinnia, Penstemon, Anemone blanda, Redbud, Asters, Columbine, Evolvulus glomeratus 'Blue Daze', Joe Pye Weed, Lantana, Liatris, Magnolia, Butterfly Weed, Rue anemone, Helmet flower (Scutellaria integrifolia) and I don't know what else right now.

Where in KY are you located Margaret? I didn't know KY had a delta, but I'm not from KY, just live in the state for 12-13 yrs.

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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
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Mindy03
Mar 9, 2013 6:45 AM CST
HI Marilyn

My lists aren't all of the plants that honey bees like during a certain month so even if you don't have the one listed they might like what you do have. They can be picky about what they visit even if it's on the lists.

All of the plants you asked about are plants they like. They love crocus here. I've seen them on my zinnias but not a whole lot but that could be due to which ones I had blooming at the time. They go for the orange butterfly weed that grows wild here too.

I'm in South Central KY. Delta is a rural community about 12 miles from downtown Monticello.
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Mar 9, 2013 2:58 PM CST
I just some honeybees today! Hurray! I saw them around my crocus and in the backyard! At least 2 of them! Hurray!

The reason I pick the bee badge was because the way it used to look (like a bee), now its changed to a beekeeper (which I'm not) badge. Wonder if Dave will allow both bee badges? Confused

Since you have "Delta KY" written and not Delta, KY, I thought KY had a delta. *Blush* Hilarious!

I didn't know there was a city in KY called Monticello (and/or Delta). Have to do a google map to find them on the map.

Living 40 and a half years in OH, I'm more familiar with OH. Don't know if I were living that long in KY if I would be too. Shrug! Thumbs up

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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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