March flowers

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).

quince – japonica

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.

anemone blanda (windflower)

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.

sweet cicely

The pachyphragma macrophyllum is still in flower and looks prettier than ever, but I haven’t seen any bees anywhere near it.

pachyphragma macrophyllum

Also in flower are this little primula from a friend’s garden …

primula

some young grape hyacinths,

grape hyacinths

a self seeded primrose that I am very happy to have (and am hoping for more),

wild primrose

aubretia,

aubretia

dandelions,

dandelion

celandine,

celandine

forget me nots,

forget me not

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.

daffodils

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.

dwarf comfrey

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