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FUSSY BEES

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I think my bees may be quite fussy eaters… Before they arrived I planted them a lovely patch of wildflowers.

WILD FLOWER MEADOW

WILD FLOWER MEADOW

VERBASCUM

VERBASCUM

They have campion (red and white), ox-eye daisies, self-heal, verbascum, foxgloves, thistles, knapweed, teasels, woundwort, ragwort, red and white dead nettles, speedwell, hemp agrimony, forget me nots, etc

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TEASELS

OX EYE DAISIES

OX EYE DAISIES

SELF HEAL

SELF HEAL

Add to this all my carefully chosen garden plants: Lavender, fennel, origano, thyme, hyssop, bergamot, spirea, sage, crocosmia, nicotiana, oriental poppies, coneflowers, californian poppies, lithospermum, chives, petrovskia, cistus, red hot pokers, scabious, blanket flower, delphiniums, geraniums, sedum, astrantia, mint, buddleia, senecio, lambs ears, roses, lamium etc…

BERGAMOT

BERGAMOT

 

ROSE William Shakespeare

ROSE William Shakespeare

CROCOSMIA Lucifer

CROCOSMIA Lucifer

BLANKET FLOWER

BLANKET FLOWER

CAN'T REMEMBER?

CAN’T REMEMBER?

ASTRANTIA

ASTRANTIA

BUDDLEIA WITH RED ADMIRAL

BUDDLEIA WITH RED ADMIRAL

Not to mention all the weeds (wildflowers) that I have allowed to make themselves at home amongst my flower beds: feverfew, musk mallow, herb robert, lemon balm, dandelions, bindweed

FEVERFEW

FEVERFEW

HERB ROBERT

HERB ROBERT

MUSK MALLOW

MUSK MALLOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the hedgerows full of blackberry flowers, wild roses, honeysuckle, crab apple blossom, hawthorn and blackthorn – these last three have finished flowering by now as have most of the tree blossoms – willow, oak, beech, birch, alder and ash.

DOG ROSE

DOG ROSE

HAWTHORN

HAWTHORN

CRAB APPLES

CRAB APPLES

BLACKBERRIES

BLACKBERRIES

ALDER

ALDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the only flowers I have observed my honey bees on in my garden are….buddleia and lambs ears. – especially the lambs ears.

BEE ON LAMBS' EARS (Stachys lanata)

BEE ON LAMBS’ EARS (Stachys lanata)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If anyone thinks this post is just an excuse to put up photos of lovely flowers you are absolutely right!

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