This is Heavenly Honey’s new motto – We are All Beekeepers !
You may not have any bee hives as does Heavenly Honey and many other traditional beekeepers. However you and your ”green thumbs” that plant vegetable and flower gardens provide an important food source for not only bumblebees but also the honey bee.
As many of you may be aware, honey bees have preferences among the wide variety of flowers available. In order to help you with your bee keeping skills we are providing you with an article obtained from another website that lists the top ten flowers bees prefer in our area.
Presently Heavenly Honey is preparing a bee friendly “ flower seed package” containing preferred plants for Spring, Summer and Fall.
From our friends at Fafard.com
The decline in honey bees (Apis mellifera) has heightened the popularity of honey bee plants. Many favorite flowers for honey bees, like sweetclover, thistle, alfalfa and dandelion, are Eurasian plants too weedy for flower beds. Thankfully, there are some beautiful summer garden flowers, many being North American natives, which are also great nectar and pollen plants favored by these Old World native bees. Regional natives are also superb forage plants for regional bees.
Early Summer Bee Flowers
Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida, perennial)
Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium, perennial)
Summer Bee Flowers
Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual)
Blue Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum, perennial)
Horsemint (Monarda punctata, perennial)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, perennial)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp., annual or perennial)
Late-Summer and Fall Bee Flowers
Asters (Symphotrichum spp., perennial)
Joe-Pye Weeds (Eutrochium spp., perennial)
Goldenrods (Solidago spp., perennial)
For Photos and more information see the whole article on Fafard.com