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Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 5b)
Apr 23, 2014 6:43 PM CST
Did any of you add additional plants to your flower gardens specifically for your bees? We have our hive built and are anxiously waiting our first package of bees in early May and hopefully adding a 2nd hive next year.
Apr 23, 2014 8:44 PM CST
|When my son first got his bees he had me plant all kinds of flowers that were supposed to be beneficial to the bees. If I remember correctly they were things like borage, allysum, cotton, triflorum (basically, a clover), horehound and lemon balm. I'm sure there were more but I already was growing a large variety of flowers so those were just what I remember him specifically asking me to grow.|
Apr 24, 2014 6:46 AM CST
|In the Ideas section of the site there's several articles that list bee plants. You can also find them by going to my profile and scrolling down until you reach the list.
Here their favorites in my yard are crocus, hyacinths, sunflowers, blackberries and clover to name a few.
Congratulations on getting started with honey bees.
Apr 24, 2014 7:44 AM CST
We grow numerous plants specifically for our bees. It's really a list way too big to list but @Mindy03's articles that she mentioned above are an excellent start place!
Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 5b)
Apr 24, 2014 7:56 AM CST
|I'll look Mindy03's article when I'm on my home machine and can save it.
Thank you all!
Mar 6, 2015 5:59 PM CST
|I llike milkweeds because you support your honeybees in high summer and do your bit for Monarchs at the same time.|
Mar 6, 2015 7:16 PM CST
|If you take time to check the plants that honey bees like you will find other creatures benefit from them as well. |
Birds eat the fruit produced by plants honey bees pollinated
Butterflies like some of the same plants honey bees do.
Other insects like some of the same plants honey bees do.
Humans benefit from plants honey bees visit as well.
We are all connected ny Nature
Mar 14, 2015 3:08 PM CST
|My honeybees are spoiled! I plant for them and the other pollinators. |
Crocus, Hellebores, Primrose, Foxglove, Liatris, peas, cherries, Turtlehead, Queen of the Prairie, Astrantia, Nicotiana, Milkweed, Bee Balm, Aster, Yarrow, Lavender, Tree Hydrangea, a wonderful native Lace Cap Hydrangea, Black Locust, Sunflowers, Calendula, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Borage, Columbine, Orange Glory Flower, Hosta, Queen Ann's Lace, Hollyhocks, Gladiolus, Black Eyed Susan's galore, Echinacea, Lambs Ears, Pinks, Evening Primrose, Jacobs Ladder, Poppies, Dogwoods, Azaleas, Mountain Laurel, Shasta Daisy, Autumn Joy and other sedums, Greater Burnett, Phlox, Shrub Roses, Crocosmia, Feverfew, Canterbury Bells, Cleome, Lunaria, Lupine, and more that I can't picture in my mind's eye at the moment.
I get great joy from watching all of the creatures feed. Well, maybe not the squirrels. And definitely NOT the woodchuck and deer.
Mar 15, 2015 5:51 AM CST
|Beautiful flowers and great pictures. |
Thank you for sharing with us.
Our honey bees have been going full blast this past week with the warmer temperatures we have had.
Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 5b)
Mar 22, 2015 12:21 PM CST
|Our bees are still hanging out in their hive since the weather here in NY isn't super great. We have another hive set up and the package for that one should get here Thursday! So excited for more bees.|
@cbcjwlr, do you collect honey from your bees? I've read online that honey made from/with Mountain Laurel can be toxic to people.
Mar 22, 2015 2:03 PM CST
|My son lost another hive this winter and the hive we had at our house is also lost. There are a lot of bees hanging around my flowers and he suspects they are from when the hive swarmed last year. He got new queens yesterday to try and build his hives back up. The clover should be blossoming soon so they will have a lot of nectar to choose from.|
Apr 3, 2015 4:01 PM CST
|Honeybees and bumblebees helping me out with the honeyberrys and 20th Century pear |
I wish this photo was crisp enough that you could see the huge full pollen sacks
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am
Apr 3, 2015 6:44 PM CST
|Great photos Toni thanks for sharing.|
May 15, 2015 10:22 AM CST
|Honeybees, bumblebees enjoy very much the blooms of my big Aeonium. At least this swan song bloom has given the bees a good area to enjoy These photos were taken in April. It has been cold lately so not much insect activity. When the Gaillardias resumed blooming they also love those blooms very much.|
On the Gaillardias
On the Big Aeonium
May 15, 2015 1:31 PM CST
|Thank you for sharing your pictures tareq. |
Beautiful as always.
I'm glad you are posting your pictures again.
May 15, 2015 1:49 PM CST
|Thanks Margaret! Oh I have been posting..just on different threads at times.|
May 30, 2015 7:34 PM CST
|Took some photos earlier today of this busy bumble bee..really loves the blooms of this big aeonium.|
Dec 6, 2015 3:53 PM CST
|Who can look at these wonderful photos and not marvel at the beauty and wonder upon the intricate way in which it all interacts?|
Up to my elbows in the dirt while being on top of the dirt is a great day!
Oct 9, 2016 8:11 PM CST
|I'm very much interested in developing some area around our house for the benefit of bees. We have a shady side (wooded area), a part sun/shade side, and a full sun side. So far, the bees I see really like the dandelions, maybe I should just let those grow! I learned from a beekeeper who came to remove and relocate a bumble-bee nest that our hedge in front has sugar packets on the underside of the leaves that bees like. I do not want to get into beekeeping at this time, too much on my plate as it is.|
"Love the people who treat you right and forget the ones who don't." - Chiune Sugihara
Oct 10, 2016 11:16 AM CST
|Hi Greg welcomed to the beekeeping not forum|
If you go to my profile page and scroll down until you see the list of articles I've written you will find several lists of plants for honey bees.
But if you are short on time and want ideas here's what they visit every year without fail here
Hyacinth blue ones are their favorites