What are bee friendly plants? If bees have to travel far and wide just for small amount of pollen, and it stress the bees because they work everyday. Bees are like human sometimes, when we are under a lot stress, our life expectany is lowered, so is the bees. Bee friendly simply put, an convience of finding a lot of pollen in one place, and bees collect more pollen and nectar to store and more chance of survival during winter time. It not only plants but if you have garden or flowers at your home, it helps some. More benefical for bees, if you have jungle of them.
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Step 1: Think Big !
Trees are benefical, so many flowers in one place. Fruit and nut trees are an win-win food for the bees and food for us, and it provide shade too. Trees in bigger city might not be ideal, but there is dwarf variety of trees that could fit in small space of yours, even you can set up an postage stamp orchard of dwarf fruit trees that fit in 10 by 20 feet of space. Also as for now Almond and hazelnut tree comes in dwarf size, an good source of protein.
Step 2: Think Something Ryhmes With Very!
Think many as very many! Very many in one place like berries (aha! Count as an rhyme). All kinds of berries often ends wit the word berry like raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, shall i go on and on? Im sure you can come up with a lot more.
Also many in many flowers in one place like roses, it have several in one area, flowers that cluster as one place like perennials. Perennials save money in a long run, it increase in spaces every year. You can give your neighbor, friend, or family the overload of these plants, and give bees more space in the world to collect necessary honey making foods.
Step 3: Think Food!
growing garden of veggies, beans, and herbs. It help when you have large garden of variety of vegetables. Even little one helps, and you can grow herbs year around inside like an greenhouse or bay window in your kitchen window. At flowering point take them outside, and let the bee pollinate them. So that you can collect the seeds and start another batch for yourself or your friend and family. Giving more place in the world where the bees can pollinate, collecting pollen and nectar. More power to the bees to survive!
Step 4: Now on Three Seasons That We Can Keep Providing
In early spring, nectar and pollen-producing plants such as pussy willow and roses help honey bees restore their depleted reserves used during the winter. Plum and cherry trees also produce plenty of blossoms that honey bees find appealing. Foxglove, in a range of colors and heights in several feet attracts bees for several weeks beginning in late spring. Bright-purple hyacinths, an foot tall mid-spring bloomers. Perennial salvia is an excellent choice for a bee garden, blooming from late spring to autumn.
Start your garden after frost have passed, but cover with cloth like old bedsheets if you are not sure and to be on the safe side, better than wasted time and energy for sudden death if your veggies. If you have fruit tree and blooming and expecting an frost, use an old farmer trick, spray the tree with water, and freeze it. Freezing will keep the flower at least freezing point, and frost is below 0 degree Fahrenheit thus killing the flower. Frost will not be able to penetrate an already frozen flower in the frozen state. This is tricky to get the timing just before frost come. More flower saved for the bees and food for us, and another win-win situation.
In the bright day of summer blooming plants that attract bees include bee balm and clover. You can also plant lavender, hyssop, lupine, beardtongue, and blazing star. Ground covers such as alyssum and sedum can also help attract honey bees. Herb such as coriander, rosemary and mint provide food for honey bees during the summer. Arrow is a tall perennial that attracts bees with bright, fragrant blooms in mid-summer. Beautiful blue, violet, white, or pink Hyssop is a perennial herb that blooms from mid- to late summer. Flowers are blue, violet, Hollyhocks, are among the tallest in range of 4 to 8 feet of bee-friendly perennials, offering large, spiky blooms in shades of red, violet, pink, yellow and white. A bee-friendly garden would be incomplete without bee balm or another name bergamot. Bee balm is available in shades of red, violet, pink, white and blue.
And last and not least in the fall, honey bees are busily gathering the last of the nectar and pollen they'll need to get them through the winter. Plants such as goldenrod, globe thistle and chrysanthemum are invaluable to bees. You can also plant blue-beard, aster and sunflowers to make sure the insects get all the food they requires. Mexican bush sage, a cousin to perennial salvia, attracts bees to the garden in late summer through autumn. Bright-yellow western goldenrod is another late-summer and autumn bloomer, providing bright-yellow flowers from late summer to early autumn. Aster is an old favorite fall-blooming perennial, with daisy-like, bluish-lavender flowers and yellow centers. Rudbeckia, also known as black-eyed Susan, blooms in bee-friendly colors of red, orange, yellow and brown centers from late summer to mid-autumn.
Design and Plant for the bees with perennials according to your available space. A diversity of colors will attract more bees. Pinch off wilted flowers regularly to encourage your perennials to bloom as long as possible. create an bee waterer that are safe for bees, birdbath can drown bees if there no support for them, like wood stick or some kind of platform like fake floating lily leaf, few small puddles where bees can drink. If you have space in your garden, bees will benefit from shelter provided by at least one tree or shrub. choose perennials that are native to your area, for best result.