Hello fellow Canberra beekeepers
thought I would create a month by month list of plants that are in flower and that our bees are actively working the flowers of these plants in search of pollen and nectar. As I find others that bees are actively ‘working’ this month I will edit this list and add images of these. Whilst it is agreed that a number of these floral sources aren’t known as the greatest honey bee plants at this time of the year honey bees can ill afford to be too fussy and the old adage of ‘something is better than nothing’ comes to mind. I am sure that the bees are grateful to still be collecting something.
Surprisingly ornamental pear (Manchurian Pear) is also flowering here and there and as this typically flowers in Spring it will be interesting to see how much it will flower when it should.
Manchurian Pear (common small ornamental tree planted throughout Canberra)
Pincushion Hakea (common garden shrub planted throughout Canberra)
Caley’s Ironbark (common street tree planted throughout Canberra)
Dandelions (in the lawns around Canberra)
Lemons and Limes (ours are in large pots)
Ivy (common ivy - along the rear fence)
- Loquat tree (fairly common around Canberra, at least six large specimens in our street alone)
Anyway, certainly interested from hearing from others have flowering in their neck of the woods that honey bees are ‘working’.