Friday, July 11, 2014

Planting For Bees

We are planning to get bees.  It's been something I've wanted to do, but not something that I think should be rushed into.  I want my garden to welcome them when they arrive.  So I've been planting.

Bees like blue and yellow flowers, so I  have been keeping that in mind.  I know they'll love the calendula, coreopsis, purple phlox, delphiniums, roses, hyssop, lavender and borage in my garden.

Borage Photo by Tori Beveridge AHWT

I have planted bergamot, which is also called bee balm.  Because bergamot is red, the bees may not be as attracted to it, but that's fine with me because hummngbirds and butterflies are constant visitors to the shaggy red blooms.

Bergamot Photo by Tori Beveridge AHWT
Bergamot also called Bee Balm

The "buzziest" place in my gardens right now, though has to be the kitchen garden.  The squash blossoms are humming.

Bee in Squash Blossom Photo by Tori Beveridge AHWT
Bee in a Squash Blossom

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  1. Good luck with the bees we have certainly seen lots this year in my part of the world.

  2. your new visitors will feel right at home in your beautiful garden!!

  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Bees seems to be more this year in my garden, they love the cat nip and astilbe. The other plant is liatris and that will be blooming next week. Good luck with your bees.

  4. Good luck with the bees. My dad has been a beekeeper for almost 40 years. He loves it, but has lost a lot of hives each winter these past few years.