This is actually a very small bulb that is planted in the fall. It will put out green pointy leaf shoots first and then in spring, the purple flower. In mass planting, this flower is stunning...and of course, the honey bees loves it.
The Blueberry Bush is a wonderful addition to your garden. Many pollinators come to this bush to get it's sweet nectar in the Spring. Bumble Bees really love this plant. It is very easy to grow in acid soils. There are specific varieties for your location, so do a little home work before choosing a variety. A blueberry bush is easy to care for. Most years I give it a good 3-4 inch layer of ground up leaves or a mature composted mulch. That is usually all the fertilizer it needs. Of course, be sure to water the plant well the first year of growth and during any serious dry periods, but that is all that I have ever done to my blueberry bush. The plus with this plant is that you help the pollinators and you get Blue Berries!!!
A late winter and early Spring bloomer, Lenton Rose (Hellebore) is one of my favorites. It's another one that is very early blooming at a time when the bees do not have very much food. They are shade loving and will spread by seed. I have a huge bed of them that have been reproducing for approximately 17 years.
Summer is a time of year that the heavy nectar producing flowers subside and unless we Gardeners plant a variety of flowers in our gardens, there is a shortage of food for the bees. As I posted in the previous blog, some of these flowers are Bee Balm, Cat Mint, Hyssop, Sunflowers and lavender. Here are some more that provide beauty for the gardener and food for the bees.
There are many other plants, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that you can plant for the bees and pollinators. There are plants that bloom in the Fall also, so don't just concentrate on Spring and Summer. Pollinators need to eat in the fall too. In fact, Fall is a very important season that the bees get ready for winter. Some Fall plants are Golden Rod, Aster and many, many types of Sunflowers.
Do your research. Determine where you want to plant. What's the soil like? What kind of sun does it get ? How big does the plant get that I want to put there? Right Plant, Right Place!!
This Year......PLANT FOR THE BEES!!!! We must replace the habitat that man is destroying