It’s been sunny and Bees and Bumble Bee Queens have been out and hitting their favourite flowers. The plum blossom is full out, but the favourites right now are the Rosemary and the Cistus Bennett’s White.
Rosemary is an important pollen source, which is like Bee protein. The Cistus looks like it is a good pollen source too, judging by the full pollen sacks on the bees within.
According to Trees for Bees Rosemary pollen is white, and both are good high protein sources at this time of year, which can be difficult for bees. Bumble Bees seem to spend more time on the Rosemary Officinalis, whereas the rosemary Chef’s Choice is covered with honeybees.
Lavender always seems to be popular with bees.
Erodium is second choice, like the Plum blossom, but I am loving this plant at the moment.
I love the seed heads as and the sweet flowers and the greyish fuzzy leaves. It did self sow last year, and we certainly had plenty of plums, so somehow they get pollinated.