After my honeybee experience the other day, I am now researching beekeeping. I've got lots to read and learn before I'll be ready for the arrival of hives. So in the mean time, I want to make my flower gardens more bee friendly. For years I've focused on butterflies their food and host plant needs. I've been searching the net and am getting bits and pieces of information like bees don't generally see red (with bee balm being one of the exceptions), that native flowers are better choices, to steer away from hybrids of flowers especially doubles and to plant in mass instead of a plant here and there.
I have to admit I was a little surprised at the lack of information about this topic.
They talk about all pollinators, but they make clear the different things that attract different ones. So you can subtract out what you already know about butterflies.
Fwiw, there's a woman in my neighborhood who has been a beekeeper for many years. She not only makes her own yard more bee-friendly, but she influences her neighbors to plant more bee plants (whether they know it or not). So everyone gets a bee-friendly plant as a housewarming gift, any time there's a neighborhood potluck she offers out a few, free seeds and cuttings, ...
Thanks for the info and those are great ideas!!!! I'm excited about this new adventure into beekeeping. I feel sort of guilty for not ever really thinking about bee specific plants before. I guess a lot of us garden and want butterflies and hummingbirds and sort of make bees an after thought, when if anything they need to be at the forefront of our thinking! We need those bees a lot more than we realize!!!
Just be really careful of the Buckeye Tree. It will cause genetic mutations in the brood, which cause the larvae not to develop wings, among other things.
You've already got some great resources listed above, but wanted to let you know about the Buckeye tree. Hopefully you don't have them in your area.
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