Flowers for Bees

I wanted to note which flowers, including weed flowers (ie wildflowers), the bees and butterflies are visiting in my garden. I've started this page mid-June 2017 so have lots of photos and varieties to add. A year later, I am still adding to it.

I have so many photos of flowers and bees, it's difficult to choose just one of each! At the moment the flowers are in alphabetical order but thinking of putting them in date order of when they flower with a view to ensure we have flowers for bees throughout the year.

Agapanthus, July

bee on agapanthus

Artichoke, July

bees on artichoke

Borage, mid-June

bee on borage

Buddleja

My front garden right next to the pavement is at risk of passing pedestrians damaging a plant (they destroyed a Trachelospermum jasminoides) so now I have a tough buddleja which the bees love.

bee on buddleja

Campanula, June

campanula with bee

Ceanothus, June

bee on ceanothus

Cerinthe

Comfrey, June

comfrey with bee

Deadnettle, just a self-seeded weed but the bees love them.

bee on deadnettle

Echium Vulgare/Viper's Bugloss and Echium Blue Bedder, June

I had a little difficulty getting close-up photos but there is a bee just entering one of the Blue Bedder flowers in the centre below.

bee on echium blue bedder

sadly I couldn't get this in focus but there is a bee in one of the flowers, centre right below

bee on echium blue bedder

Foxglove, May-June

Green Alkanet

I see bees on the green alkanet from as soon as they flower but I did not note dates. I finally got a photo of one beginning of June.

bee on green alkanet

bee on green alkanet

Globe Thistle, August

bees on globe thistle

Iris Foetidissima May/June

The bees go right inside the flowers.

bee on iris foetidissima

iris foetidissima bee

Knautia Macedonia, June

knautia macedonia with bee

Lavender, June

bee on lavender

I have some huge (for my garden) clumps of lesser knapweed

bee on lesser knapweed

Lupin

bee on lupin pollen basket

bee on lupin pollen basket

Monkshood June

the bees go right inside the flower

bee on monkshood

bee on monkshood

Muscari (grape hyacinth), April

bee on muscari

Nasturtium, bee going right inside

bee on nasturtium

Nigella

nigella with bee

Nepeta

bee on nepeta

Passionflower, June

bee on passionflower

Corn / Field / Red PoppiesĀ  June

bee on red poppy

Black Swan poppy (Papaver somniferum) June

these are just blooming today and immediately the bees are loving them, hope to get a better photo

black swan poppy

Ragwort

I saw this near me in Northwest London.

bee ragwort

I saw this red admiral butterfly on ragwort in a churchyard in West Sussex on holiday

red admiral butterfly on ragwort

Scabious, August

bee on scabious

Snowberry July

snowberry with bee

bee on snowberry

Sunflower, August

bee on sunflower

Teasel July

bee on teasel

teasel with bee

Tomato June

I snapped as quick as I could but by the time I did the bee had lifted off from the flowers. Is that the hint of an orange pollen basket I see on their left side?

tomato flowers with bee