Now this is an interesting thread for the colours of flowers/shrubs/trees. Bees are very attracted to blues, whites, light colours. Bees ARE NOT attracted to reds at all, so if you see bees on red flowers, consider that a bonus. Butterflies are attracted to reds and yellows.
Bees do not see red well at all. I will be posting a picture of the gardens around the apiary, as soon as the weathery rainy stuff lets up. The mass plantings are:
Borage officinalis (blue)
Phacelia tanacetifolila (blue)
Sea Holly (Eryngium planum) (blue)
Anise Hyssop (2 varieties) (blue)
Bachelors buttons (blue)
Lobelia -- crystal palace (blue)
Cerinthe major (blue)
As you can see, these are all blue. Blue is extremely attractive to bees. They are also highly attracted to yellow.
I have many, many other perennials and annuals now blooming, whick are every different colour known to man (LOLL). The list is too many to list. Many are blue, but many are other colours as well.
I am curious if I can grow Crape Myrtle up in my home. It sounds like it would be a wonderful nectar tree to have for the bees. I am always looking at the big picture.
I planted two Yellow Honey Locust trees this spring. I was looking for the Black Honey Locust, but could not find any in my area. That seemed rather strange, but oh well.
The other night we had a party for one of my nephew's birthday. My brother in law came to me and told me that the youngest son of his did something horrible. I was thunderstruck!!! What could have he done that was so horrible. His young lad was too scared to come and tell me. That I don't understand either because I do not get mad over any kind of thing around my home. I asked him what on earth happened. He told me that the young lad was playing out the back with the kids. He turned around and smashed right into the young tree and broke it into two. I laughed. I said so what. I'll prune it back and it will regrow. I went to the young tree with my brother and law and looked at it. Sure enough, it was broken right off. The young nephew had pushed the broken part of the tree into the ground, (with the hope I suppose that I would not have noticed). Oh brother. I took the young nephew and explained to him that it was not big deal at all. Trees have a wonderful way of rejuvenating themselves when broken. I explained to him that I would cut it off cleanly and in a few weeks we would see a new tree being born. The old tree was just a part that would be set upon the tree pile. This made him feel OK about what had happened. Now I will have a little tiny Honey Locust Tree that is about 4 inches tall with little leaves coming out the top. Should be an interesting sight for surely. It will take years to recover, but maybe this was a weak tree to begin with. I cannot imagine that it could have broken like that, if it had been healthy. And I thank goodness that the little dude did not get spined by one of the sharp thorns that these trees have. That was a lucky day.
I am curious about how this little tree will grow. Maybe it will be a huge one eventually that will surpass its counterpart that stands about 20 feet away. Hmmm....time will be the teller of that tale. Have a wonderful day, great life, love our life we're livin'. Cindi