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Echium tree demands attention…and gets it almost exclusively from the bumblebees.

We believe this is an Echium Pininana or Simplex. We bought it last year for the bees. It was supposed to have blue flowers. This one is more white tinted with a bit of red and is called the “Tower of Jewels.”  The bumble bees flock to it. We get all kinds…Bombus Melanopygus, Bombus Californicus, and others.

A lucky shot…press the button on a digital camera, wait an instant before it takes the shot. This one worked out well.

A Bombus Californicus works the Comfrey blossom

I was hoping the echium would throw some volunteers.  I didn't see them at first, but here they are, in my tomato bed.

September 30, 2013  I was hoping the echium tree “Tower of Jewels”  would throw some volunteers.  I wasn’t disappointed.  These will be “Towers” for 2014.

Following up on the transplants.

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What flowers to plant/buy for our area of Zone 5? These flowers have done well for us…

Bees love California Lilac which provides early nourishment for the bees

Bumble bee on the Comfrey, which can be considered invasive, but provides food for the bees.

Echium plant grew from 2 ft (.6 m) high last year to about 10 ft (3m) high this year

Bumble bees go for the Echium in a big way


Bees go crazy on these blossoms (which I was under the impression were Island Bush Poppies) as can be seen in this fuzzy photo of six bees on a Hypericum.  It’s covered with bees mid June to late July.

Bee diving into Penstemon blossom. These start blooming June.

Dahlias, blackberries (main Oregon crop for bees), sunflowers, wall flowers, rosemary are also good bets for bees, as well as cotoneaster which grows wild and provides food late in the season.

These are plants we’ve had in our garden. I’m sure there are many more. Please fill free to add to the list in the comments.

Many of these flowers serve as butterfly attractors also.   See Butterflies.

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While removing some rot on the east part of the shop, Geoff discovers a bumblebee nest.

Bumblebee comb in wall

Queen bumblebee

Geoff, a very capable contractor who shares our respect for nature, builds a small box to house the nest.

A bumblebee box is assembled to save the nest

Bumblebee box ready for the rescue

This evening before a rain shower we see what looks to be the bee in the nest, a Bombus Californicus…is it the same one?  You be the judge.

Buzzing in the Rhodies.MP4

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