Well it is spring time and that mean yard work and honey-do lists... First item on my list was to take the girlfriend to Lowe's so she could buy flowers and shrubs for the front area of our house. I told her she could pick out anything that she wanted but if we saw tons of bees on any one particular plant that we should buy a bunch of them. Long story short, we found these Japanese Pieris and there were 5-10 bees on EACH plant. They were in maybe 2 quart containers and only about 10" tall. They are full of little bell shaped flowers, maybe 200 per plant. They are evergreen bushes that bloom in the spring and get 9'x5' on average. So I bought all they had at $3.00 each. We needed something like that for a hedge we were planning anyway. We get home plant them all along our driveway and all is good.
Then... I read an article that says the nectar is poisonous to bees and if the nectar doesn't kill them that the honey will be poisonous to humans. Does anyone have any experience with these plants? They are really nice looking and will be perfect for the hedge that we want. But I will rip them out in a heartbeat if it will harm my bees. I just cant imagine that if they were poisonous that the bees would even go to them in the first place.
Any help is appreciated!