Early Summer Flowers Favored by Bees

The shape of the flower can be important for the bees. Ornamental double flowers are just too much effort for bees that struggle to get past all the petals and so tend to be less popular. Tubular flowers like Foxgloves are very popular with long tongued bees, such as the garden bumble bees rather than honey bees.

FoxgloveFoxglove Digitalis purpurea TeaselTeasel Dipsacus fullonum commonly known as wild teasel, fuller's teasel

Teasels are places where cavity-nesting native bees will nest. Cutting them down after they die removes potential nesting sites, or, the overwintering bees that woud emerge next year.

Wild Thyme Thymus serpyllum commonly known as Breckland thyme, or creeping thyme Wild Marjoram Origanum vulgare SelfhealCommon Selfheal Prunella vulgaris CloverClover Trifolium DandelionDandelion Taraxacum officinale Blanket FlowerBlanket Flower Gaillardia

Bees love the sun, so the same plant in the sunny location will always attract more bees than a shady one. Wind can be a real problem. Bees like sheltered conditions, so a purple flower in the full sun behind a sheltering bush or wall is ure heaven for a foraging bee.

 

 


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