One of the questions that came up recently was about what to plant for our bees (and other pollinators).
I recommended the book “Garden Plants for Honey Bees” by Peter Lindtner. One of the things I really like about this book is that it includes plants blooming for each month — both ground plants and flowering trees. Peter worked on this book while in Delaware, so many of the plants are appropriate for use in North Carolina. The book was edited by well known bee experts like Dr. Lawrence J. Connor, Randy Kim, and Robert Muir.
The foreward is by Dr. Deborah Delaney from the University of Delaware. Many beekeepers in North Carolina know about Dr. Delaney from the work she did with NC State gathering information on feral hives.
Month by month, Lindtner uses exquisite photographs and minimal text to illustrate the bee foraging year.
— Moira Sheridan, Special to the News Journal, Delaware Online
The book is also available at Wicwas Press for $34 plus shipping. You can find it and other good bee books there. [ click here ]
A couple of other books that you may find interesting are “100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive” by The Xerces Society and “The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity“
by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn (Author) with photography by Leslie Lindell.
Another place to find information about native plants and plants for pollinators is Bee City USA. Bee City was started in Asheville, NC and is now affiliated with the Xerces Society. Bee City USA & Bee Campus USA bring people together to make their communities better places for pollinators.
If you go to their website, you can find some good resources, including plant lists and other tools.
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One of the places I can recommend for native plants and plants for pollinators is Cure Nursery. Cure Nursery is a small native plant nursery in the heart of the Piedmont, North Carolina. Bill and Jen Cure are the owners.
And finally, the NC State Apiary Science Department hosts monthly webinars related to beekeeping and on May 26th their topic is “Planting a pollinator garden with bee plants” with special guest: Anne Spafford (NC State, Horticulture). You can learn more at the NCSU website. [ click here ]