Thursday, 22 September 2016

Humming with bees

This year on holiday we went to Alnwick. We hired a wonderful house for a week and overhanging the front garden from the neighbours was a beautiful fuchsia.

This stood about 6 foot tall and was about as wide and to my amazement on a daily basis was absolutely humming with bees!!

at times there were so many that it sounded like standing next to my hives at home....even funnier was the fact that my son (definitely not a bee lover!) wouldn't sit in the garden at the picnic table!! They always visited the fuchsia in the mornings when the sun was on it and then by the afternoon as the sun moved round and it fell into shade it would go quiet and we wouldn't see them again (much to my sons delight) until the following day!!

I had no idea that a fuchsia could be so good for the bees so I looked it up;

Description of Hardy Fuchsia

Fuchsia Magellanica is a prolific source of nectar for honey bees and bumblebees. The pendant nature of the flowers provides the nectar with good protection from rain. Although Hardy Fuchsia may die down in harsh winters it bursts back into life in spring and flowers for many months from June onwards. Ideal for informal hedging, this deciduous shrub should be planted in partial sun. 

Definitely one I am going to be looking to plant next year !!