I have what I think is a flowering privet in my front garden, I wondered if anyone could tell me what type it is, please. Bees go absolutely mad for it in the short period it's in flower!
It's the common privet, Ligustrum ovalifolium. I agree, the bees go mad for the flowers, I've never seen so many. The birds then enjoy the berries.
Ha, thank you, Mark. I'm not sure how I've managed to go this long without realising that! I guess it usually gets cut into a hedge and you don't see much in the way of flowers. It's had such little attention from me up to now but has been getting taller and taller and now I've noticed how nice it is in flower I don't want to cut it back anymore!
I think weather conditions this year might be the reason (or one of them) for privet flowering so well. I pass a huge hedge every day on the way to work, and it looks terrific this year as it's full of flowers.
Some people hate the smell of it, but it doesn't bother me at all
Don't worry, it comes as quite a surprise for a hedge to be this pleasant! I had the same experience! I don't mind the smell either Fairy, I read a bee keeper's complaint, as he was worried it would impact the taste of his honey Told him to send it my way
I don't like honey Mark - so the bees would be welcome to all of it if I had them!
I'd save some for you though...