Allium tuberosum and bees

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 23:29:54 PDT
Hello James and all,
I am collating, for local bee-keepers, data on garden plants that are of interest for bees.
Late blooming ones like this of are of special interest as after the 15th of july honey nectar becomes harder to find I am told.
And very early ones too such as Galanthus and Eranthis. I am glad to know that this super plant is a bee plant.
You might find regretting having a bumper crop of seeds as in one garden in the south here where I planted it, it has become a weed through seeding!
Bulbs and geophytes generally are not thought of as bee plants.A pity as they are great plants for all seasons and easy in small gardens as we all know. Can any one provide any more ideas?
This is a great topic.
Many thanks,

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> Objet : [pbs] Allium tuberosum
The mention of Allium tuberosum earlier has prodded me to pass on an observation I've been making regarding pollinators.  The plight of the honeybee (Apis mellifera) is well known and has been evident here, with numbers way below those of the past.  However, suddenly, over the last few days I've been seeing them in some abundance, but only on A. tuberosum.  That onion grows mixed with A. 'Constellation" (nice effect) but the honeybees stick to the white one, though 'Constellation' is swarming with bumblebees (Bombus sp), which have been in abundance all season.

Does this mean I'll get a bumper crop of seeds on tuberosum?  Oh joy."

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