Plants for Bees

Northumbrian plants for bees

The plants below can be found in hedgerows, woodland, moorland, crop fields and domestic gardens here in rural Northumberland.  All within foraging range of my bees.  The honey they produce will be from nectar collected by visiting a combination of these plants, during the foraging season.

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Blackthorn

Blackthorn

Blackthorn : Prunus spinosa Plant :  Blackthorn can be an important early season forage for bees.  It belongs to the
Bluebell

Bluebell

Bluebell : Hyacinthoides non-scripta Plant :  Bluebell grows in abundance in rural Northumbrian woodland, forming carpets of blue flowers, in
Crocus

Crocus

Crocus : Crocus vernus Plant :  The Crocus is a popular garden plant providing welcome colour on sunny days, from
Dandelions

Dandelions

Dandelions : Taraxacum Plant :  The dandelion is hated by gardeners but should be loved by beekeepers.  It can be
Forget me not

Forget me not

Forget me not : Myosotis sylvatica Plant :  The wood forget me not plant is slender, with tiny blue flowers
Gorse

Gorse

Gorse : Ulex europaeus Plant :  Large patches of gorse can be found on moorland and hedgerow in rural Northumberland. 
Hawthorn

Hawthorn

Hawthorn : Crataegus monogyna Plant :  Hawthorn is good source of early spring pollen and nectar for honey bees.  Its
Hogweed

Hogweed

Hogweed : Heracleum sphondylium Plant :  The white flowers of this stall, spindly plant can be seen along hedgerows, woodland
Horse-chestnut

Horse-chestnut

Horse-chestnut : Aesculus hippocastanum Plant :  The horse-chestnut tree is a very large deciduous tree, which produces “conkers” in the
Ivy

Ivy

Ivy : Hedera helix Plant :  Ivy is a woody, evergreen, climbing plan which can colonies the tallest of deciduous
Ling heather

Ling heather

Ling heather : Calluna Vulgaris Plant : Ling heather produces blankets of purple moorland across large areas of rural Northumberland, in
Oilseed rape

Oilseed rape

Oilseed rape : Brassica Napus Plant : Oilseed rape has become a key feature of the beekeeping calendar and landscape in
Poppy

Poppy

Poppy : Papaver rhoeas Plant :  Poppy can occur in large numbers in agricultural field crops, particularly wheat, in rural
Primrose

Primrose

Primrose : Primrose vulgaris Plant :  Primrose typically grows in hedgerow banks, in woodland clearings and old grassland.  It grows
Rosebay willowherb

Rosebay willowherb

Rosebay Willowherb : Chamerion angustifolium Plant :  Flowering towards the end of the season, it is a good source of
Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Snowdrops : Galanthus nivalis Plant : This hardy little plant is one of the first in the year to burst into