Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bees love Salvia!

I know that some of you have thought about getting honey bees of your own. And may have wondered what plants or flowers do bees love? So this is for you! I have probably 12 Salvia Nemorosa shrubs in my landscaped yard, and on a daily basis I can walk by any one of them and they are alive with bees. The shrubs seem to sing a buzzy tune because they are covered with foraging bees! It is almost mesmerizing to sit and watch the busy bees working, collecting nectar and pollen from these beautiful purple flowers! The Salvia is a member of the sage family and to me it smells terrible, I don't care for the smell, but the bees are in heaven! It has a lovely deep purple color and keeps blooming throughout the summer (if you keep it dead headed). It is also a perennial so it will be back for years to come. So if you are wondering what to plant for your hungry bees try Salvia, you won't be disappointed! I had to rush getting ready for church today because I spent so much time watching these amazing creatures at work! I could literally spend hours watching them in admiration. I have figured out however that I need a better camera or need to learn to use mine better, in order to capture these fast moving little bees.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great post :) I am planning my bee garden for spring, I will start some salvia in my hydroponic garden to get them going.