Plants for Bees in Early Summer

Each month I’ve tried to photograph the most popular flowers for bees and bumble bees. Summer was a blur of growing and harvesting which is slowing now so I can post some of them.

Soldier poppies, California poppies and some of the later perennial poppies continued into December and later and were often full of bumble bees which blended so well and buried themselves so deep they often looked like part of the flower.

bumble bees on poppies

bumble bees on soldier poppybees on poppy

The shrubby wallflowers continued to be favourites as well. These flowered for months, from winter through into mid-summer producing more flowers on the end of each stem which again seemed to blend with the bumble bees.

bumble bee on wallflower erysimum pastel patchwork

This one I think is Erysimim ‘Pastel Patchwork’ and is growing through a swan plant. By December they were messy and large but the Bumbles seemed to love them so much that I didn’t trim some of them until the very last flowers were finished in February.

bumble bee in hollyhock
Hollyhock was another flower which lasted from Spring well into summer, gradually providing food for bees as each flower opened.

hollyhocks lychnis roses Under plum tree

Comfrey, both the small ‘Hidcote’ which keeps its leaves all year, and the big deciduous Russian Comfrey Symphytum × uplandicum were especially popular with bees as well.

comfrey under plum tree

bee on comfrey flower


4 thoughts on “Plants for Bees in Early Summer

  1. Happy bees. How is your new Flow hive working for you?
    Your garden shots were enticing – perhaps you can post a few more wide shots for us to see? 🙂 I love your hollyhock, pink rose and white campion(?) combination.

    1. Thanks Eliza, the flow hive seems to be going well, I have some pictures and will make another post. I love your Earth day pic. I think we have those same little moths (?) I will look for some wide shots, I find it hard to take one that I like. 🙂

      1. I know what you mean about the wide shots. In beds, not everything is in bloom, so the gaps seem unattractive. It is easy to love the closeups of singular blossoms.

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