March is full of signs that spring is near with bulbs showing their greenery and buds swelling on shrubs and trees. Honey bees have been flying out in search of nectar and pollen on days the temperature and weather are favorable for them.
January's plants are mostly winding down along with some of February's plants. March brings us new plants to enjoy.
Common Aubreita (Purple Rockcress)-Nectar and Pollen
Chinese Skimmia-Nectar and Pollen
Spring Squill-Nectar and Pollen
Saxifraga-Nectar and Pollen
Red Flowering Currant-Nectar, Pollen and Honeydew
Yoshino Cherry-Nectar and Pollen
Blackthorn-Nectar and Pollen
Grape Hyacinth-Nectar and Pollen
Korean Forsythia-Nectar and Pollen
Biscay Heath-Nectar and Pollen
Leopard's Bane-Nectar and Pollen
Rose Rockcress-Nectar and Pollen
Hickory-Pollen and Honeydew
Gorse-Nectar and Pollen
Virginia Spiderwort-Nectar and Pollen
Baby Blue Eyes-Nectar
Oregon Grape-Nectar and Pollen
Marsh Marigold (Cowslip)-Nectar and Pollen Pigsqueak-Pollen
Nectar and Pollen are especially important to honey bees this month. They need to replace all that was lost during the winter. And the more different sources of nectar and pollen they have available means the heatlhier they will be.
Help your local honey bees spring to healthy numbers by planting as many of these plants as you can in your yard.
Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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