Making Their Lives Easier
I know bees fly for many miles to collect nectar and pollen, but since they’ve entered our lives now, I’m hoping that I provide enough flowering plants for them to be happy closer to home. I wouldn’t insist they just forage in our garden but at least I can encourage them to do so by providing them with flowers they like. I’m not sure the bees are that particular, but I am providing them with wholly organic flowers to work.
Fragrant flowers make up most of our garden. The runners-up are wild and native flowers. Since I started to keep bees, I have been searching for plants that will provide nectar and pollen for them. Surprisingly, a lot of plants and flowers we have in our garden already are suitable for bees. I should have known since we have a lot of Bumblebees, Carpenter bees, Sweat bees and other insects that thrive on nectar.
One of the blogs I’ve been following has posted Favorite English Garden Bee Plants – Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) and provided a list of plants for bees from The Royal Horticultural Society which I find very helpful. I can’t place all plants on their list from across the pond in our garden but I’m going to do my best to add more. Another blogger and beekeeper on the other side of the Atlantic has also posted What’s flowering now: mid August 2012 regarding flowers for bees in late summer. In response to the last line on her blog, here’s what’s still blooming in the garden on this side of the Atlantic, despite the heat, thunder storms and hail. Our bees still have plenty to put in storage for the winter.