Wildflowers in May

The nights are still cold and so far May has been quite wet while April was more like November!. Still the plants are thriving. As the month progresses more and more plants are flowering. Lungwort is almost finished and so is lamium maculatum. Yellow archangel keeps on flowering and is vistited a lot by bumblebees. 

Greater stitchwort is mainly visited by smaller bees and i have seen mason bees visiting this flower and even a smaller species which i could not identify yet:

 I think it is important to have all kind of flowers in the garden, it offers a great variety of pollen and nectar which will be good for the bees.

One of the best plants for bees are wild geraniums. I grow Geranium sylvaticum, the wood crane’s bill,  Geranium pyrenaicum or Hedgerow Crane’s-bill,  Geranium phaeum Dusky cranesbill and my favourite the meadow crane’s-bill  Geranium Pratense. All are good bee plants

Geranium pyrenaicum has small flowers but flowers for a long time and many!

Wood crane’s-bill is not native in the Netherlands but in Belgium it is native and so it is in the UK. 

The fly honeysuckly is native in the southernmost part of the Netherlands. This is the first time it flowers in my garden and bumblebees visit the flowers regularly.

Rowan in flower:

Bombus terristris has decided to make her nest in my garden. I am thrilled! Bumblebees are so vital for our food supply and this picture of a bumblebee visiting the broad beans says it all

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3 Responses to Wildflowers in May

  1. plantameadow says:

    Just took a look at which plants my insects and bees were enjoying in the garden and noticed there was a huge difference between plants in sheltered warm areas bein visited by lots of pollinators compared to same plants a metre or two away in less sheltered conditions. Today is a little windy so choosing the right location for plants and pollinators is also really important. Great blog, useful list of early bee friendly flowers to make a note of. Thanks.

    • Thank you for the comment. Very true; much also depends on the micro climate. I have several alder buckthorns. One in semi-shade in a more exposed position hardly attracts bees before late in the afternoon. Other buckthorns in sunny sheltered positions had dozens of honey bees.

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