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Forage

Below we have listed of some of the plants that are beneficial for bees at different times of the year.

Forage for March

Blackthorn, sloe (Prunus spinosa), Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria), Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera), Corsican Hellebore (Helleborus corsicus/argutifolius), Goat willow (Salix caprea) Gorse, Hazel catkins, Heathers, winter flowering – red, pink and white, King cup/marsh marigold (Caltha palustris), Mahonia aquifolium, Mahonia lomariifolia, Ornamental quinces, Red Alder tree, Stinking hellebore (Helleborus foetidus), Willow (Salix), Viburnum bodnatense fragrans, Viburnum tinus

Forage for April

Berberis, Blackthorn/sloe (Prunus spinosa), Bluebell, Wild cherry (Prunus avium), Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), Cuckoo flower/Ladies smock, Dandelion, Forget-me-not, Forsythia. Garlic mustard, sometimes known as Jack-by-the-hedge, Gorse (Ulex europaeus), Grape hyacinth, Ground ivy, Heathers, spring flowering varieties, Hellibores, Honesty, Horse chestnut, Oil seed rape, Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium), Plums (Prunus domesticus), Rosemary, Scillas, Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris), Snowflake (Leucojum), Violets (Viola odorata), Wood anemones

Forage for May

Berberis candidula and darwinii, bird cherry, rosemary (upright and protrate), forget-me-nots, white lilac, bugle, primroses, white spirea, choisya, lily-of-the-valley, damson (mine is starting to drop) plums, various apples and pears, cherries, garlic mustard, tree heathers, marsh-marigolds, sweet cicily, May flowering Californian lilacs and ceanothus, cotoneaster conspicuus/horizontalis/ hupetensis/microphyllus/simonsii, crab apples malus John Downie and spectabilis, firethorns – many varieties, hawthorn, maples, roses Frulinsgold and Canary Bird, sycamore, medlar, quince, snowdrop tree, budleia globosa, choisya ternata, clematis amandii and ternata, brooms – most are early flowering, escallonia, osmanthus delavayii, mahonia aquifolium, pyracantha, syringa, tamarisk, gorse, viburnam judii, wisteria sinensis, brunneras, and horse-chestnuts.

Forage for June

Wide range of berberis, early buddleias, rock roses, Mexican orange blossom, some of the clematis varieties, coroneaster, broom, deutzias, wide range of escallonias including Apple Blossom, calico bush, mock orange, potentillas, Portuguese laurel, firethorn, an assortment of rhododendrons, big yellow flowered scented azaleas, snowberries, tamarisk, gorse, weigela, wisteria, horse chestnuts, hawthorn, mountain ash, hollies, wild bilberries,  cultivated blueberries and srtawberries, whitebeam, various marigolds, foxgloves, echinops, various potentillas, lavenders, rosemary, chives and alliums, thyme, honesty, anchusa azurea Loddon Royalist, oxeye daisies, rosa rugosa, briar rose, lilacs, cultivated heathers and tree heathers, stransvaesii/photinia ‘Palette’, red and white spirea, verbascums, clematis, laburnam, solanum crispum, elder and a lot of rockery Alpines.

Forage for July 

Berberis carminea ‘Buccaneer, blackberry, brooms –  Cytisus albus/praecox/scoparius, buddleias –  globosa/weyeriana, Californian lilacs, limes, cotoneasters, mallows – malva moschata/sylvestris. Rock roses – many species and varieties, rosebay willow herb, sweet chestnut, white clover, abutilon vitifolium, clematis vitalba,  white deutzia, escallonias, hebes, potentilla, rosa rugosa, symphoricarpus, tamarisk, gorse, viburnum opulus, tulip tree, borage, buckthorn, cornflower,  corn poppy,echinacea, evening primrose, flax, globe thistle, heath heathers, hollyhocks, marjoram, oregano.