On a beautiful day like today are you thinking Spring? Well perhaps not but perhaps in a week or two you may wish to beginning planning for a flower garden that will attract honey bees. Below is a tidbit of information. I will be suggestion flowers that you may consider for your “Bee a Pollinator” garden.
A bee is said to make three journeys in order to bring one drop of nectar to the hive; 25,000 foraging trips are said to be necessary to gather the raw material for one pound of honey.
A honeybee will visit 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip, and a hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles to collect 1 kg of honey. During the average worker bee’s lifetime, she will produce only about 1/12th teaspoon of honey and it takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bees’ flight around the world.
Give the bees a hand by planting flowers, trees and bushes that will make these trips easier, and provide all the nectar they need to create a thriving, healthy, productive hive.
Some flowers produce more nectar than others, others are great honey flowers, and some just intoxicate the bees. Choose a variety of plants that flower at different times so there is always a snack available when bees are out and about.