Thursday, April 25, 2019

Bee food

I've been reading about the kinds of flowers that bees like. The one that kept popping up was asters. They bloom until late autumn.

This week I decided to order some online so the search was on. This morning before the rain set in, I walked down to check on the hives.  

Scattered around the hives were plants with tiny white flowers the size of a dime. Their centers look like the rising sun. 

Snapping a picture, I posted it on Facebook and tagged a friend who is an authority on flora and fauna. He responded saying he thought they were asters but he wanted to do some research to verify. 

Within a few minutes, another person chimed in. What she posted is below:
Common name: Fleabane Scientific: Erigeron annuus family: Asteraceae. 

So aster is correct, just thought you’d be interested in what kind of daisy you found. I know because I am terribly allergic to them and they are definitely in bloom right now.

The situation is looking up for our bees, but for our friend, not so much.


5 comments:

  1. One man's meat, and another's poison.
    How fortunate that you sited the hives so close to a food source they enjoy.

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  2. Your bees will thank you for ordering asters. Having a lot of blooms around will be good for the production of honey. Allergies on the other hand is not so good.
    Hugs, Julia

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  3. I am enjoying the info. Just back from a nephew's home where he has 4 hives now. He is enjoying this about as much as you are. He retires in a couple years and has decided this is his retirement project. He is loving it. I was telling him about you. "Uncle Jack, I think it gets in your blood, I love it."
    Sherry & jack

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  4. I wonder if honey made from the flowers a person is allergic to will cause an allergic reaction. An interesting topic to research.

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  5. I just call them daisies. haha. My Loofah plants supose to have several bright yellow flowers this summer that will attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. I cant wait.
    Lisa

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