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Please Help Your Local Beekeepers! Plant Bee Friendly Flowers
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Please Help Your Local Beekeepers! Plant Bee Friendly Flowers

PEACHY DELIGHT
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HONEY BEE FORAGES ON PEACH BLOSSOMS

 
 
You Can Help Your Local Beekeepers!
  
       Do you like flowers in your garden?  Honey Bees do!   Of course, there are many other "critters" that help to pollinate and who happen to love some of the same flowers as bees do:
 
   Hummingbirds, Butterflies and various "bee" type insects, just to name a few.
   
     If you like a flower garden, why not plant those which honey bees love to forage upon?
 
     Naturally, there are different climates we all live in, but for our area, or "zone" here in Santa Cruz County, we encourage you to plant some of the following:
 
Alyssum, Ornamental Strawberry, Marigold, Zinnia, Bottlebrush, Lavenders, Valerian, Buckwheat, Salvias, Eucalyptus Ficifolia "Red Flowering Eucalyptus", Native Eucalyptus, Wild Mustard, Flowering Plum, Flowering Pear, Sage, Toyon,  Escallonia, Cotoneaster, Orange tree, Lime Tree, Lantana, Ceanothus, Hibiscus, Albizia Julibrissin "Silk Tree", to name just a few.
 
     Plant some of the above in your yard.  But, remember, never spray with pesticides!  Sounds like a "no-brainer", but sometimes we think that using certain pesticides might not be harmful.  Always make certain that what is used in your garden is not going to kill beneficial insects and birds!
 
   For all the beekeepers, at least in our area, and hopefully for all in the land, I say,
     "Thank You!  For helping by planting flowers that thrive in your "zone" for all honey bees to enjoy!"
 
And, for planting these to help other creatures "make a living". Afterall, helping them is also important for their and our survival.
 

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PEACH ORCHARD IN LEGRAND, CALIFORNIA

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OUR BEES LOVE THE FLOWERS OF PEACH TREES

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THIS NECTAR IS IN OUR WILDFLOWER HONEY

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CHECKING OUR BEES IN THE ALMOND ORCHARD

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2007 ~ AN EXCELLENT FLOWER YEAR!

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THIS CROP WAS POLLINATED BY OUR BEES

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MUSTARD FIELD IN CORRALITOS, CALIFORNIA

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OUR HONEY BEES GET A LOT OF POLLEN FROM MUSTARD

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SOME NECTAR ALSO, BUT MOSTLY POLLEN

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ROSEMARY PROVIDES NECTAR AND POLLEN

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ESCALLONIA FLOWERS ALSO PROVIDE MUCH NECTAR IN THE SPRING

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COTONEASTER PROVIDES NECTAR FOR OUR BEES

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MEXICAN SAGE CAN'T BEE BEAT!

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BOTTLEBRUSH IS ONE OF THEIR FAVORITES!

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HAPPY, HEALTHY HONEY BEES