Honey Bees in the Garden: April

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Posted by @Mindy03 on
April showers bring May flowers, which means plenty of food for honey bees. Gardeners will soon be busy setting out the plants they bought or grew from seeds. And now that the number of honey bees has increased, the honey supers are being filled with surplus honey.

In most areas spring is bursting out all over and in the colder regions it's showing signs of getting started.  With their numbers increased from the late winter/early spring brood rearing, the honey bees are bringing in enough nectar to store a surplus of honey from the abundance of blooming trees and flowers.

Here's  a list of plants that begin blooming in April:

Pin Clover Nectar 

Artichoke Thistle Nectar

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English Bluebell Nectar and Pollen

Gooseberry Nectar, Pollen and Honeydew

White Currant Nectar, Pollen and Honeydew

Azalea 2011-04-09/Mindy03/572da2Nectar

Rhododenron Nectar

Sargent Crabapple Nectar and Pollen

Saucer Magnolia Pollen

Lithodora Nectar

Thrift Nectar and Pollen

Spreading Rockcress Nectar and Pollen

Norway Maple Nectar, Pollen and Honeydew

American Sycamore Pollen and Honeydew

American Beech Pollen and Honeydew

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Rosemary Nectar and Pollen

Cherry Laurel Nectar and Pollen 

Paradise Apple Nectar, Pollen and Honeydew

Borage Nectar and Pollen

Juneberry Nectar and Pollen

Golden Alyssum Nectar and Pollen

Field Maple Nectar, Pollen and Honeydew


As you can see there's lots of pollen and nectar and several honeydew plants starting to bloom this month. 



Is your garden showering your local honey bees with food? 

 Please visit our forum Gardening for Butterflies, Birds, and Bees for more discussion on the subject.

Photo Credits:

Purple Saucer Magnolia courtesly of Mekos

McIntosh Apple and Bluebells are my own

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