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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:49 pm    Post subject: Are Hebes Good for Bees ?? Reply with quote

I was recently in a friend's garden and was amazed to see that a Hebe which was in full flower ( white flowers ) was just covered in bees. I had no idea that hebes attracted bees......this one was about 2 or 3 ft. tall and as much across.
Does anyone have a Hebe they could recommend for bees, or are they all equally good ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most Hebe will attract bees. Another excellent shrub for bees is Buddleia globosa, while B. davidii attracts the butterflies.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hebes are good for bees; another shrub they go mad for is Ceanothus. My bees swarm on it when it's in blossom - it looks (and smells) good too!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They love Cotoneaster horizontalis as well.
If you interested in learning a bit more about bees then try this ebook......
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flowers for bumblebees

March - April


Apple Erica carnea (heather) ,Flowering Currant ,Lungwort (Pulmonaria)Pear Plum Bluebell Broom Bugle Cherry Pussy Willow Red dead-nettle Rosemary
White dead-nettle

May - June

Alliums Aquilegia Birds-foot trefoil Bugle Bush vetch Campanula Ceanothus Chives Comfrey Cotoneaster Everlasting Pea Everlasting wallflower Foxglove
Geranium Honeysuckle Kidney Vetch Laburnum Lupin Raspberries Red Campion Roses (singles) Sage Salvia Thyme Tufted vetch Meadow Cranesbill
White Clover Wisteria Woundwort Poppies Lupin Monkshood Escallonia



July - August

Black horehound Borage Bramble Buddleia Cardoon Knapweed Lavender esser burdock Marjoram MellilotMint Penstemon Phacelia Polemonium Purple loosestrife Red bartsia Red clover Rock-rose Sainfoin Scabious Sea Holly Snapdragons St. Johns Wort Sunflower Teasel Thistles Vipers buglos

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your replies, folks. There was plenty of buzzing around my flowers today! I'm glad Ceanothus is good for bees (.....one of my favourite shrubs, especially a fabulous one called "Concha" which has a dark purply-blue flower )
And Sarah....I grow Borage purely for the bees...and it works....absolute magnet !
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