Today it feels like a completely different world to the one we all knew only a few weeks ago when I did the post for February flowers. However at least nature continues as I would have expected and signs of spring are increasing all the time. These plants have flowered in or through March and I have noted below which ones the bees are attracted to:
This quince japonica has been one of the most sought after plants by early queen bees looking for food. So much so that I plan to plant more (from cuttings if I can).
This anemone is a recent addition because I used to grow it 30+ years ago and it reminded me of where I used to live. I was also pleased to see bees visiting it.
This is early for sweet cicely to flower, there will be lots more in the coming weeks and I know from previous years that they are very much sought after by bees.
The pachyphragma macrophyllum is still in flower and looks prettier than ever, but I haven’t seen any bees anywhere near it.
Also in flower are this little primula from a friend’s garden …
some young grape hyacinths,
a self seeded primrose that I am very happy to have (and am hoping for more),
forget me nots,
and – one of my very favourite plants – allium paradoxum / few flowered leek (which is hard to get close enough to to photograph). I expect that all of these (bar the grape hyacinths) will be attractive to bees, but I haven’t been able to spend enough time outside when the early bees have been about to tell. There will be more of these in flower and more bees next month I am sure.
There are also a number of the ever present flowers of spring time – daffodils – which I like, but I don’t think do anything for bees.
And finally – there is a clump of dwarf comfrey – a cultivated plant that grows in the hedgerow near here (and from where I ‘rescued’ a clump). Like other types of comfrey it is attractive to bees and unlike others it remains quite tidy in its habit.