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Stephenw 

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Hi

Was wondering are honey bees keen on fox gloves?
 

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Ahhh thats ok. Do you know of anything other plants that honey bees would be interested that would be colourful like fox gloves?


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Try these

Borage will self seed beautifully
Goldenrod
Aliums are good for late flowering
Lemon Balm
Phacelia bees love it and it self seeds too
Asters long lasting autumn colour
Clover….white not red, honey bee tongue is too short though bumbles will love both colours
Cornflowers flower all summer well into autumn if you dead head
Lavender
Mint
Opium Poppy… you can seed this easily. Just buy cooking poppy seeds from the supermarket and throw them willy nilly, not just in your garden.
Sunflowers
 

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Brilliant thanks for all your help everyone
 

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I assume that they flower a bit early for bees to capitalise on them. The bees are probably still clustering when snow drops flower in January/February.



Ben P
Not so.
At least not down in these parts anyway.
I have seen bees flying on Xmas eve.

Snowdrops are an invaluable source of early pollen if the bees can get out to them.
 

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At least not down in these parts anyway.
I have seen bees flying on Xmas eve.


Not just so in your neck of the woods either!

Chistmas Eve before last was when I saw bees taking in pollen up her ein Lincolnshire.

They had been very active (for the time of the year!) on two of the previous three days, as well, although I did not go and look for the evidence (of pollen) on the winter solstice (saw it on the 22nd).

Regards, RAB
 

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I will be planting atlantic giant pumpkins later on in year I understand you would need a huge plantation to make it worth while for the bees ha ha.

TTYL


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I assume that they flower a bit early for bees to capitalise on them. The bees are probably still clustering when snow drops flower in January/February.



Ben P
Umm no. Snowdrops are currently in flower in the Portadown area and the bees are going to town on them and on crocus.
 

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I will be planting atlantic giant pumpkins later on in year I understand you would need a huge plantation to make it worth while for the bees ha ha.

TTYL


Steve
good for bumbles, never seen bees on any of the pumpkins.

but 'poached egg plant' is well visited by honeybees
 

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Good thread, have slowly been realising that my garden is more bumble bee friendly than Honey Bee friendly, better start planning/planting before my girls arrive!
 

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