Seeds for Spring

In honor of new beginnings, we’d like to dedicate our first post to the bright mornings, muddy boots, and cold noses of springtime. Now is the perfect time for the honey bee ally to begin planning their bee-friendly garden, and we’re here to help!

Most domesticated flowers avoid late frosts by blooming in the later spring and early summer, so keep an eye out for the wild early bloomers. In particular, the cherry and plum blossoms of early spring provide much-needed sustenance to bees emerging from the lean winter months. Hyacinth and dandelion are two more cheery early bloomers that we love to see showing their faces this time of year.

In simple terms, blossoming flowers in yellows and blues are generally the most attractive to the foraging honey bee. Hybrid plants, while often beautiful and exotic, tend to produce less nectar than their heirloom counterparts, and are therefore less useful to our bee friends. And of course, bees and other creatures are much happier in a chemical-free garden.

For the avid gardener, we’ve shared a list of some of the honey bee’s plant allies for your consideration, and you’ll find it at the bottom of this post.

IMG_20150313_161800For a simple way to plant flowers with the bees in mind, as well as provide support for Honey Bee Allies’ continued efforts to advocate for our favorite little pollinator, consider purchasing one of our two bee-friendly seed blends, formulated either for the NW/NE or the SE/SW, to sow in your garden, along the sidewalk, in flower pots, or in your favorite meadow or abandoned lot. Planting wildflowers is an excellent way to directly impact the health and stability of threatened pollinator species. Our seeds are available by the single packet ($2 each), in packs of 10 ($18), or packs of 100 ($125). They are hand-printed with our logo and website, so giving them to friends or leaving them as anonymous treasures around town is a fun and meaningful action that helps us spread word of the work we’re doing. One seed packet covers approximately one square yard of earth, and larger packets are available upon request.

Single packets ($2/ea) – Desired quantity: Region:
10-packet bundle ($18/ea) – Desired quantity: Region:
100-packet bundle ($125/ea) – Desired quantity: Region:

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Love and gratitude from the whole team at HBA! Happy spring!

Honey Bee Allies seed blends contain:

Southern Blend: Baby Blue-Eyes, Bergamot, Blue Flax, California Poppy, China Aster, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Corn Poppy, Fleabane Daisy, Forget-Me-Not, Globe Gilia, Indian Blanket, Lance-Leaved Coreopsis, Lavender Hyssop, New England Aster, Plains Coreopsis, Purple Coneflower, Siberian Wallflower, Sweet Alyssum, Tidy-Tips and White Rockcress.

Northern Blend: Blanketflower, California Poppy, Cape Forget-Me-Not, China Aster, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Corn Poppy, French Marigold, Lacy Phacelia, Lance-Leaved Coreopsis, New England Aster, Prairie Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Purple Prairie Clover, Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Scarlet Cinquefoil, Siberian Wallflower, Sulphur Cosmos, Sweet Mignonette and White Upland Aster.

Food Crops

Garlic
Cantaloupe
Cucumbers
Peppers
Pumpkins
Raspberries
Squash
Strawberries
Watermelons
Blueberries

Herbs

Catnip
Coriander
Fennel
Lavender
Mints
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme

Flowers

Asters
Borage
Calliopsis
Clover
Dandelion
Marigold
Poppy
Sunflowers
Zinnias
Buttercups
Dalias
Cosmos
Crocuses
Echinacea
Geraniums
Foxglove
Globe thistle
Hollyhocks
Hyacinth
Roses
Honeysuckle

Trees

Alder
Fruit trees
Hawthorns
Hazels
Linden
Magnolia
Maples
Mountain Ash
Sycamore
Tulip
Poplar
Willows

Comment(1)

  1. Michael Allred
    Michael Allred says

    The greatest gift we can give our children an environment that even the bee’s can prosper in. There heath and future is our legacy.

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