Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Late Season Bee Treat

Lacy buckwheat at a local water-wise garden

I am not a bee keeper, but I do like to keep garden helpers that come to my yard happy. Part of that task is to provide food for the bees all season.

While most gardeners keep plenty of good foraging flowers from spring to late summer, we have a tendency to start wrapping things up as the days get shorter.

Here is a list of some flowers for the late summer and fall:

Chives Allium schoenoprasum May-September
Garlic chives Allium tuberosa August-September
Aster Aster spp. September-frost
Borage Borage officinalis June-frost
Bluebeard-blue mist spirea Caryopteris clandonensis August-September
Star thistle Centaurea ssp. July-September
Sweet autumn clematis Clematis terifolia Late September
Melons Cucumis melo June-frost
Pumpkin-squash Cucurbita spp. June-frost
Lacy buckwheat Eriogonum corymbosum Late Do not over water
James buckwheat Eriogonum jamesii June-November Do not over water
Pink smoke buckwheat Eriogonum racemosum August-September Do not over water
Joe Pye weed Eupatorium esculentum August-September
Sunflower Helianthus annuus June-September
Alyssum Lobularia maritima June-September
Mallow Malva alcea June-September
Mountain beebalm Monardella odoratissima July-September
Phaccella Phacella tanacetifolia June-September
Goldenrod Solidago ssp. September-October
Lacebark Elm Ulmus parvifolia August-September

I encourage you to add flowers that are native to your area!

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