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Field Bee
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Location: Somerdale, New Jersey

« on: October 07, 2007, 04:33:45 PM »

How are Honey Bees and Lilacs? I've already ordered a few and I'm hoping I don't regret it.

Super Bee
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Location: Hanson, MA and Lebanon, ME

« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2007, 05:26:14 PM »

No one should ever regret lilacs  Smiley  I hate to admit this, but I really can't remember if the girls worked them or'll enjoy them anyways, but we should make it a point next spring to check it out!

- Ann, A Gardening Beek -  ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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House Bee
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Location: Dickerson, MD

« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2007, 09:00:38 PM »

Our bees seem moderately interested in our many lilac bushes - more so in the white blossoms. This preference for white also seems to apply to butterfly bushes and crepe myrtle too.

One other observation on the lilacs: we have more and more european hornets around here every year and they have exhibited a strong attraction for the lilacs. Of even more concern is their odd habit of "girdling" many of the branches by eating away whole sections of bark. This has caused a lot of damage and even the death of several plants.
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