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Bluebeard and bees

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 8, 2009

Bluebeard (caryopteris incana) is a favorite of bees and bumblebees.

Bumblebee enjoying Bluebeard.

Bumblebee enjoying Bluebeard.

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Sedum for late summer forage.

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 8, 2009

Sedum is another one of those plants with many small blossoms that bees have a fondness for. They blossom at a time when other plants have ceased flowering.

Sedum

Sedum

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Blueberry juice and bees

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 8, 2009

One variety of blueberry wasn’t harvested this year and many of the berries have dropped to the ground. The bees are sucking the juice anywhere they can find access to the berry. It would be interesting to know what kind of honey comes from blueberry juice! Notice the naturally dried blueberries.

Blueberry juice for bees

Blueberry juice for bees

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Blackberry blossoms keep blooming

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 11, 2009

Almost a month ago we posted on blackberry blossoms and a month from now it would be no surprise to find more blackberry blossoms. In the picture below you can see well formed fruit, blossoms and blossom buds. Ever popular with bees, there are four bees in the same camera shot.

bees and blackberry blossoms

bees and blackberry blossoms

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First Blackberry blossoms

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 15, 2009

Blackberries are widely available in the area. They are sought out by bumblebees and honeybees. The blossoms open gradually so foraging can extend over quite a time. A check in a couple of weeks should give us an idea of the duration of blossoming.

blackberry blossom

blackberry blossom

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Bees and Blueberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 27, 2009

The past week has been the peak time for pollinating blueberries. Except for rhododendrons the blueberry bushes have had the bees to themselves. The mountain ash and wild apple were finished pollination about a week ago and the thornless blackberry have just started to show flowers. The bees are very attracted to the blackberry blossoms.

The worker bumblebees have been around for a couple of weeks and are now showing up in greater numbers and the honeybee colonies have expanded greatly over the past month.

Rhododendrons attract many bees

Rhododendrons attract many bees.

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Himalayan blackberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 29, 2008

In southern British Columbia, as elsewhere, roadsides are often covered with blackberries that have just come into bloom. This provides an excellent foraging opportunity for bees. The most common blackberry has a large oval leaf and it’s fruit is large and sweet. The berries make excellent jelly.

blackberry in bloom   roadside blackberry

Around the farm perimeter there is another blackberry with a quite different leaf whose fruit is not so large or flavourful.

    blackberry….click to enlarge.

The blackberries come at a time when the black locust are still in blossom, there is a abundance of clover and there are still some blueberries in blossom. It’s honey flow time!

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