Flowers that European Honey Bees Like at the Farm

The month shown for each photo is for this location in the Southern Hemisphere. The additional month shown in brackets would be an approximately equivalent time for the Northern Hemisphere.

September (March) - Echiums

September (March) - Ornamental deciduous trees
September (March) - Fruit Trees
September (March) - Rosemary
October (April) - Borage species
November (May) - Geranium / Pelargonium species
November (May) - Brassica species
November (May) - Lavender
December (June) - Geranium / Pelargonium specie
December (June) - Lambs ears
January (July) - Brassica species
January (July) - Rhubarb
January (July) - Fennel
January (July) - Cat Mint
January (July) - Oregano
January (July) - Globe Artichokes
January (July) - Allium species
January (July) - Agapanthus
January (July) - Californian Poppies

January (July) - Oregano
February (August) - Perennial Rocket
February (August) - Cat mint
February (August) - Geranium / Pelargonium
February (August) - Agapanthus
February (August) - Catnip
February (August) - Nasturium
February (August) - Rosemary
February (August) - Spearmint
February (August) - Salvia
February (August) - Wormwood
February (August) - Borage
February (August) - Lavender
Hi Everyone!

Hope you enjoy these photos of the European honey bees enjoying some of the flowers at the Farm.

I'll update the list as time goes on. It isn't an exhaustive list of the flowers growing here. The above photos of flower species is simply what the European honey bees particularly enjoy at certain months of the year. Some of those flowers produce pollen and nectar for many months at a time and some of them flower almost continuously all year (such as the Geraniums / Pelargonium species).

Most of the above plants either happily self seed or are ridiculously easy to propagate. All of the plants are very, very hardy to both heat and drought.

There are a whole lot of other flowers growing here which the European honey bees don't enjoy, such as the daisy family of plants, penstemons, tomatoes, many of the herbs etc. Many other species of native bees and wasps do actually enjoy those flowers so the thing to remember is that the more flowers you grow, the greater will be the diversity of insects that will live in your garden.

Remember also that bees require a huge diversity of plants in order to thrive. Imagine if you had to consume the same food day after day, and yet that is often what we humans expect the bees to do.

Cheers

Chris

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