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Best bee plants today

nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877


 Nonea lutea


 assorted pulmonarias, this one is P. rubra


 Ribes laurifolium, I haven't got this one in the ground yet


 Trachystemon orientalis

There must be bees in the photos somewhere, they were there when I pointed the camera.



  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,467

    I haven't seen any bees yet this year although last weekend I noticed a few other critters...

    You have some interesting plants Nut - lovely little flowers on the nonea luteaimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,286

    I watched a honeybee on some crocuses on the terrace yesterday morning image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • A few large bumble bees  in garden where I live in Oxfordshire , started seeing them three weeks ago.

    probably the queens. Might be just one or two being (pardon the puns) very beesy.


  • Still no bees in Dundee yet. There are a few stunned looking Small Peacock butterflies fluttering around looking for nectar.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,473

    I have bumblebees on the pulmonarias

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    What lovely pictures nut image The last plant, the flower heads look similar to borage.

    I had two bees stuck in the greenhouse yesterday, managed to rescue them.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,877

    I've always gone for 'interesting' plants Vic. 

    Anything in a seed catalogue I've never heard of, if it's hardy and not a lime hater, I'll have a go.

    Fishy, except for the Ribes, all those plants are Boraginaceae, a good bee family.

    Trachystemon is great ground cover in deciduous shade.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,258

    Thanks for identifying the Nonea for me Nut. It appeared in my garden, out of the blue, two years ago. The first year, I let it flower because I didn't know what it was. Now I really wish that there were "none 'ere" because I can't get rid of it.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • LucyLLucyL InvernessPosts: 163

    I am still waiting to see a single butterfly or bee, I'm in inverness, scotland... i guess mine are still sleeping!

  • I've seen quite a few Bombus spp around the narcissi and noctuid moths around my alliums here in Aberdeen, so they should be up and about foraging in Inverness, UK now or soon.


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