Your favorite bee plants

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by efmesch, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Tec, go easy on them---they are men with many loves--all completely legal. :shock: Just leave it at 15 yards. :wave:
     
  2. JUDELT

    JUDELT New Member

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    I quess , this first week of beekeeping my or bees favorite is a winter honeysuckle! it is the "bee place " th eat!
     

  3. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm Active Member

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    OK, sweet clover. :mrgreen: Jack
     
  4. 2kooldad

    2kooldad New Member

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    Honeysuckle....really ??? My bees wont touch it...how do your bees get into them ???
     
  5. JUDELT

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    It's really not like a normal honeysuckle. the flowers open flat. it's also not a vine. a bush about 6 ft tall or so.
     
  6. 2kooldad

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    what kinda honeysuckle is that...does it smell ???
     
  7. JUDELT

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    It is very, very ,very sweet smelling! white flowers. in normal weather ,it blooms in Feb. and again in April!
     
  8. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Once again, I think a scientific name would clear up a lot of uncertainty about this honeysuckle.
     
  9. G3farms

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    blackberries and tulip populars
     
  10. JUDELT

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    Okay, finally looked it up in one of my older books;Lonicera fragrantissima- winter honeysuckle!
     
  11. T.J.

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    i am new to beekeeping so i dont have or know my favorite yet....i wanted to post and tell 2kooldad that there is a book on honey plants : Honey Plants Of North America by John H. Lovell it was published in 1926 but there is alot of good information in there.i think i ordered my copy from Rossman - i try to add at least 1 book every time i order bee supplies.i figure if i continue to do this i will end up with a pretty good library of bee books. :mrgreen:

    back on the subject of the book : it includes the common & scientific names of the plant and what kind of honey to expect from it.

    T.J.
     
  12. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I know japonica is japanese honeysuckle. (ok ducking and running now)
     
  13. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Now we're talking business--I know what you are talking about. :thumbsup:
    According to the books I have, the species you refer to isn't in Israel, but I do have (behind my house) Lonicera etrusca---it smells delicious but the build of the flowers makes it a poor choice for bees. They'll take its pollen but can't reach its nectar.
     
  14. JUDELT

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    It is the best smelling thing i have ever known!
     
  15. srvfantexasflood

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    Trifolium repens aka white or Dutch clover. Makes good honey and grows like a weed around here. It also stays in bloom a long time. If managed, it will bloom several times before fall.
     
  16. PeeVee

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    I make some great wine from that "weed".
     
  17. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine" comes to mind. Never tasted it.
     
  18. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Gypsi--
    How's about sharing your recipe? :drinks:
     
  19. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Never made it. Ray Bradbury wrote a book by that title. Don't know
    If the recipe is in it.
     
  20. efmesch

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    Sorry about that misdirected post :oops: --I meant to ask PeeVee for the recipe. He's the one who said he makes it. :mrgreen: