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  1. #1
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    Default spring flowering plants

    Has anyone had any experience with winter honeysuckle plants. They flower February to March/April, are a decent size shrub suitable for urban use,and its said to have a decent nectar production. All well and good BUT do bees utilize them.

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    Default Re: spring flowering plants

    Quote Originally Posted by muddymom View Post
    Has anyone had any experience with winter honeysuckle plants. They flower February to March/April, are a decent size shrub suitable for urban use,and its said to have a decent nectar production. All well and good BUT do bees utilize them.
    Grape hyacinth is a popular early bulb for bees.

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    Default Re: spring flowering plants

    muddy,
    I have honeysuckle in abundance around my hives but have never seen honeybees working them, I can't tell you exactly when they flower in the spring, perhaps this year I will take note of it.
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio

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    Default Re: spring flowering plants

    I have Haskap (blue honeysuckle) for eating and honeysuckle shrubs as a hedge. They are early bloomers and the bees love them.

    Links for more info
    Haskap - http://haskap.ca/
    Shrub - http://homeguides.sfgate.com/pink-ho...dge-44321.html

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