The bees at the nursery I work at LOVED the coreopsis, and yet I rarely see that listed as a bee plant.
I have some 4x4 one-foot long pieces and may drill holesin it for mason bees. See anyting wrong with this idea? The wood is treated.
Never replied to this - sorry. I would use untreated wood. The treatment may be toxic to the bees.
While I was working at the nursery was surprised at how the bees were ALL over the coreopsis. They love my loquat ree in bloom, even though it is Jan. or February. They love my ajuga/bugle weed in bloom now.
I got your present, Daniel. Thank you! You are so funny, labeling each individual. I have to wait until the wild plum sets seed, unless you want to 2 1/2 tree/bush. Are you sure you don't wanna native Piedmont azalea with its wonderfully fragrant ponk flowers?
Tonya, Glad it arrived! I hope some grow! Last year I stuck about a dozen cuttings of similar size into my wine-barrel planters among strawberries chilis and lettuce/radish/onions. Almost all of them grew. Some may not have survived this winter tho. The plum seeds would be ideal, will give me something to play with and maybe eat someday!
Resurrected this post. Thinking about more than mason bees this year. Honey bees are much more complicated, and there is expense involved. Some times that's the good thing about a project. A good project can bring about blissful forgetfulness about the world around us.
Mason bees are compatible with honey bees. They get along without conflict. I've been housing mason bees for about 6 years. This winter is s good time to get out the drill and some pieces of wood and make new houses.
Planting for the bees - more mints. This fall I planted a linden tree - from what I've read, bees love linden flower. We have some wild cherries. In the Spring, those blossoms are covered by mason bees. Plus multiple fruit trees, which are pollinated by bees and which bees benefit from greatly.
We are planning a wildflower area where there is currently some lawn. Not planned for bees, but it will fit in with the bees, perfectly.
Doubtless, will post more as time passes. Flowers - and therefore, vegetables, fruits, and most of the trees and bushes that we grow - co-evolved with pollinating insects. They are part of the same system, and they need each other.
Here's a modern drawing of the honey bee anatomy. From bees-online.com
Such a small creature to be so complex. Add to that, their complex social structure and communication strategies. A lot in a small package.
You give me a new perspective on bees. I will be more respectful of them in the future.