Johnsons - Planting Trees for Bees
When we think of plants for bees we naturally think of Lavender, Echinacea and other predominantly flowering species.
Rarely, however, do we think of trees as a major source of pollen for bees.
A tree is larger in size and therefore has lots more flower head area which, in-turn, provides a plentiful food source in one place.
Trees provide a source of food in early spring and autumn when a lot of other species have stopped flowering.
In recognition of this we are committed to planting a range of bigger trees which will help provide a wider source of food over a longer period of time. Species include:
Heptacodium miconoides, which will provide a rich pollen source in autumn.
For spring, we will plant Prunus cerasifera (Plum Cherry), Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn) ,Malus sylvestris (Wild Crab), Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan) and Tilia europaea (European lime) which will ensure a rich summer feast.
As an aperitif we will be sowing a rich mix of wild flower seed in the immediate vicinity.
We are delighted with our ‘Apiary’ success to date and hope that this extra TLC will pay dividends in terms of the extent and health of our already successful honey bee community.
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Posted 8th Jan 3:45pm