As a request from my editor and partner in crime who helped dig the plots and mowed the lawn to plant roses that bloom more than once a year. No, I didn’t know when I started this garden that some roses bloom only once in spring. I came from a place where roses bloom all year round (the sub-tropics) so I assumed that it should be the same here. The first couple of roses I planted put on a show of colors in spring then nothing else for the rest of the season. Though they offered nothing else but a home to the birds, they are still worth keeping.
Learning from my mistakes plus his request, the roses I’ve been planting after the first batch are either re-blooming or bloom continuously. Even in the uneven weather we’ve had this year they are still performing well. Blackspot fungus caused some damage to Eden and William Shakespeare roses, but they still try their best to give the garden some color. Here are a few that didn’t get beaten up too badly by the recent storm.
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.