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I wanted to show some pictures of what is blooming here in the wild as of 7-11. I don't know if the bees use it or what any of it is called so feel free to educate me and others.
 

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The first picture is Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium). I don't know if the bees gather nectar from it, but I hope they don't - this is a very poisonous plant. "Hot as hell, blind as a bat, mad as a hatter, dry as a bone, the bowel and the bladder lose their tone, the heart runs alone" is the medical school mnemonic device for the symptoms of eating any part of this plant. I wouldn't want to eat honey from it.

The third picture is catmint (Nepeta cataria), a.k.a. catnip. "The veteran beekeeper, Moses Quinby, once said that, if he were to grow any plant exclusively for honey, it would be catnip.... The flowers are very attractive to bees". (J.H. Lovell, "Honey Plants of North America").

The last picture is Queen Anne's Lace, I am pretty sure. I don't know if it's of any value to bees.

The rest of the plants in the pictures I am not familiar with.
 

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1. jimson weed
2. pokeweed, the leaves and stems are edible if picked when young, poke salad
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5. daisy fleabane
6. mimosa, albizzia julibrissin
7. mimosa
8. queen annes lace
 

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The farmers planted several hundred acres of squash within 1/2 mile of me in all directions lol. They get BIG yellow blooms. Here's hoping the bees go get 'em! I see them on our squash plants in the morning...2 and 3 bees in one bloom.
 

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WOW!!! You guys sure know your blooms.

Soooo when does that become second nature? :lol:

So much to learn!!!
 
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