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What should I plant? California bluebell
According to the Xerces Society, in addition to honeybees there are over 4000 species of native bees in the U.S. alone.
From leafcutter and mason bees, to miner, carpenter, and digger bees, virtually all bees and pollinators are attracted to the California Bluebells’ deep blue, bell shaped flowers and long golden stamens.
The petals reflect ultra-violet light and therefore look like a well lit runway for foraging bees. Sow this hardy annual in the early Spring in full sun and sandy or well-drained soil.
Photo credit: Kathy Dunham
Check out the article here: http://t.co/dYQ7pPOG
“These aren’t the drones you’re looking for” – honeylove.org
DIY: Lavender Honey Soda by Gardenista
First, harvest from five to six lavender flowers, leaving a few inches of stem with leaves on each.
Next, make a simple syrup. Bring two cups of water to a boil, and add 1/2+ cup of honey.
Add your lavender flowers to the syrup and turn off the heat. Let them steep for from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how floral you prefer your soda.
Pour one or two inches of simple syrup into a glass, add ice, club soda, and a generous squeeze of lemon.
Then sit back and enjoy your garden.
Bees ? Thai Basil -
Thai Basil is another honey bee approved plant for your garden! It is a type of sweet basil (native to Southeast Asia) and has “purple-flushed, lance-like leaves with a sweet licorice scent”(1). When it is blooming you’ll see bees busily buzzing around it and drinking nectar all day long!
In general, bees seem to gravitate towards blue and purple flowers, and Thai Basil is a great example of this! Click here to view a list of other bee-friendly plants!
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Thank you SO much to everyone who came all the way out to our Bee-Day @ the HoneyLove Sanctuary!! What an amazing crew of HoneyLovers we have!!
We brought up a rain barrel, and planted some California Native BEE-friendly plants (from Matilija Nursery). We branded and painted 9 medium supers (bee-boxes) with linseed oil, and made starter strips for all of the boxes’ frames… and we cleared and leveled out spots to better situate our hives for some hands-on mentoring!!!
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