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Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow

 
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Solarpat
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Location: Bandon, OREGON, USA

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:03 am    Post subject: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow Reply with quote

You might say I'm a bit proud of our new bee loving flower bed we started this year.

http://solarbeez.com/2015/07/30/bee-loving-flowers-in-mid-summer/

I've got lobelia, Walker's Low (Nepeta), three echium Tower of Jewels and African Blue Basil which is still attracting lots of bees in August.

The first video shows leaf cutter bees cutting petals out of a "Knockout" dahlia...a lucky couple of videos that just happened spontaneously when the camera was out, plus a crab spider in attack mode that just missed it's honeybee target.

The second video shows the African Blue Basil still attracting large numbers of bees in August. It's great to still have flowers for the bees after the main nectar flow is over.
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Location: Co.Wicklow, Ireland

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great shot of the leaf cutter bee Pat!
Have you seen any honey bees on your Echium Pinnata? Here I have only seen the bumblebees on it, not sure if this is just us! I planted a low growing annual Echium (blue bedder), the honey bees do collect pollen from it although it is also mostly bumble bees.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B kind wrote:
Great shot of the leaf cutter bee Pat!
Have you seen any honey bees on your Echium Pinnata? Here I have only seen the bumblebees on it, not sure if this is just us! I planted a low growing annual Echium (blue bedder), the honey bees do collect pollen from it although it is also mostly bumble bees.

Kim

There are mostly bumblebees...but we are happy to provide flowers for them too, since they are in decline.
I'd like to get my hands on some Viper's Bugloss. That's more of a blue flower and is supposed to pull in the honeybees. Meanwhile I'm also trying some 'red' echium. I think it's called Echium prettii or echium Candicans. So much fun!
Just one more thing. This evening I saw some leaf cutter 'cutouts' on some Wisteria leaves. Might be able to get more videos. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We plant lots just for bumblebees too, I have developed an interest in clarifying which plants are preferred by bees / bumble bees and which are equally attractive. It's so interesting how similar your growing climate is over there!
Your video quality is excellent, a pleasure to watch.

Kim
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

B kind wrote:
We plant lots just for bumblebees too, I have developed an interest in clarifying which plants are preferred by bees / bumble bees and which are equally attractive. It's so interesting how similar your growing climate is over there!
Your video quality is excellent, a pleasure to watch.

Kim

Our town of Bandon was actually named by 'Lord' Bennett who was from Bandon, County Cork. http://solarbeez.com/2013/03/11/gorse-from-bandon-ireland-to-bandon-oregon/
Our area reminded him so much of his home that he got the name changed from Averill to Bandon. Unfortunately he also brought gorse to the area. It went bizonkers and contributed to the town burning down in 1936.
Yes, our weather is similar. 😀
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:18 pm    Post subject: late flowers Reply with quote

I really enjoyed your videos & I'm going to have to get some plants of the African blue basil to try.
I've also grown the "tower of jewels" Echium & have had lots of bees on it all summer. There are even a few still foraging on it here in the UK Midlands in November
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlye,
Private Message to me your snail mail address. I've got lots of seeds from this plant,
http://solarbeez.com/2013/07/05/hyper-bees-on-hypericum/
that you can try out if you'd like.
Pat, Oregon Coast, USA
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:01 pm    Post subject: Bee-loving flowers Reply with quote

Thanks for the offer of the seed but I think it would be better for me to source some from the UK. It's always better to avoid sending live material between continents if at all possible. Thanks again for the offer though.
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