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Globe thistle and Sea Holly

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 8, 2008

Globe thistle and Sea Holly are look alikes and can be included with the other bee favorites that have numerous tiny flowers. August blooming flowers are a plus for the bees as other nectar sources are no longer available.

Globe thistle

Globe thistle

Sea Holly

Sea Holly

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Mint is mint

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 8, 2008

Mint is very attractive to honeybees. The flowers that open in August are in good time to replace the blackberry that has almost ended and the fireweed that will end soon. Mint will send out side shoots to keep the flowers coming through the rest of the season. Everything about the mint seems similar to the Anise Hyssop.

mint

mint a bee favorite

The mint in this patch has been growing in the same place for over 30 years which is a testament to its durability. Grass tries to compete but some weed control can be exercised in March when the grass appears about 3 weeks ahead of the mint. Given space, the mint will spread readily by root rhizomes.

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A flower made for bees

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 3, 2008

Aside from the high quality honey, the fireweed provides an extended nectar gathering season for the bees. In the picture below notice the seed pods that have been formed below the flowers. Above the seed pods there are flowers in bloom and above the flowers there are buds yet to open. The next picture was taken almost a month ago when there are no seed pods but you can see the buds above the flowers. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

late fireweed

late fireweed

 

early fireweed

early fireweed

The butterfly bush is of interest to bees for it’s nectar and pollen. Notice the grey pollen the bee has gathered.
Butterfly bush

Butterfly bush

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