I have been out the last couple of days enjoying some sunshine but also seeing the terrible frost damage at Leu Gardens. I know it will grow back but seeing so many brown and leafless trees and shrubs is quite depressing. There are not many flowers and fewer bees, but I always seem to find the indefatigable honey bee. Here is one enjoying one of the few camellias that survived the frost.
who was then joined by a tiny ant..
When writing about bees at some point you do have to think about plants too. They all need each other. I have started keeping a notebook about the flowers that bees really like, so when I do eventually have a garden again I can plant a bee heaven. There are of course many bee friendly flowers and I have a long long list, but here are the first ten, very rough, colour notes in a small moleskine.
Knapweed Centuaurea and Californian Poppy Eschscholzia
Cornflower Centaurea and Fleabane Erigeron
Dandelion Taraxacum and Forget-me-not Myosotis
Globe Buddleia Globosa and Grape Hyacinth Muscari
Hollyhocks.. Alcae (a real favourite with me) and Indian Blanket Gaillardia
They are simply notes, but useful quick reminders for me and could be developed into a nice complementary series to the bees… if I ever have enough time.
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Get some veg for the family and flowers for the bees…and let some of the veg run to flower, the bees will thank you!