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03-08-2006, 09:09 PM
Feb and Mar chickweed, miner's lettuce, ground mint, and pussywillow. Some maples have begun this week.

03-13-2006, 07:39 PM
March 11th - Plums fully opened
Kirkland, WA 98033 (Lower elevations are already open, even in this same area).

Chrissy Shaw
03-23-2007, 08:29 PM
opening 3,800-4000 foot level Okanogan Highlands zip 98844

Chrissy Shaw
04-17-2007, 11:22 PM
Okanogan valley proper:commercial cherry, dandelion, early commercial apple,forsythia

Okanogan Highlands: willow species, Balsam root (Balsamorhiza sagittata) 4000 feet/prunus species 2000 feet and lower.

Chrissy Shaw
04-19-2007, 08:04 AM
Okanogan Highlands

Chrissy Shaw
04-19-2007, 08:35 PM
Locations range from valley floor--900-1000 feet for Okanogan Valley proper, other locations 2,500-4000 east of valley 18 miles (Okanogan Highlands).

Chrissy Shaw
05-05-2007, 10:42 PM
Squaw Current (Ribes cerenum), Kinnickinnick (arctostyphylos usra-ulva) close relative of Manazinita, Golden Willow opening (Salix), Aspen (Populus tremuloides), Horned dandelion (Taraxacum ceratophorum), Douglas maple (Acer Glabrum).

Chrissy Shaw

Chrissy Shaw
05-18-2007, 12:03 AM
Amelanchier anifolia (June Berry, Service Berry etc) local reports of honeybees utilizing this variety has not been noted at this location, solitary bee of dark color seems to be primary pollinator.

Kinnikinnick continues, less HB activity
Dandelion continues, less HB activity

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry) some activity

Vaccinium caespitosum (dwarf blueberry) just opening

Balsamorhiza Hookeri (dwarf Balasam root) no activity by HB noticed.

Current flow seems to be originating from sources unknown, Chokecherry is blooming to 3,500 feet, yellow sweetclover to 1,500 feet so some sources may be within flight distance given terrain.

Chrissy Shaw

Chrissy Shaw
05-20-2007, 09:18 PM
Nanking Cherry Prunis sp.

Local service berry being worked heavily by honeybees NP. Last year i saw no HB on service berry at all.

Granny Smith Apple blossoms just opening.

Chrissy Shaw 98844

06-04-2007, 08:15 AM
June 3 - 98052 - Blackberry bloom is really on.

Chrissy Shaw
06-07-2007, 09:39 PM
The following list includes some plants of questionable value to honeybees:

1. Fragia Virginiana ( wild strawberry ) NP
2. Brassica campestris (field mustard) NP
3. Lithospernum ruderale (Lemmonweed) ?
4. Senico sp. (butterweeds) ?
5. Viburnum edule (highbush cranberry) NP
6. Rubus idaeus (wild raspberry) NP
7. Prunus virginiana (choke cherry) NP
8. Trifolium sp. (Dutch white clover/owl clover) NP
9. Rosa acicularis (wild pink prickly rose) NP

Chrissy Shaw

Chrissy Shaw
06-23-2007, 10:26 PM
Yellow sweetclover, fireweed, douglas aster opening

continuing: dutch white clover, hooker dwarf balsam root, raspberries, mustard

Chrissy Shaw
07-18-2007, 05:10 PM
Russian and two other knapweeds, Mullein, bull thistle, canadian thistle, snow berry

tail-out on yellow blossom sweetclovers, alfalfa, fireweed

recent rain, 1/2 inch this elevation


02-16-2010, 10:22 AM
my cherry Laurel is starting to bloom. way to early.

03-03-2010, 12:59 PM

03-07-2010, 05:13 PM
mountain huckle barry blooming 98563 washington.

03-17-2011, 11:34 PM
98031 Flowering Cherries and Daffodils March 16, 2011

johns bees
04-01-2011, 04:23 AM
98328 washington
dandilions march 14 2011
none fruiting cherry march 25 2011
plum march 20 2011

04-01-2011, 12:38 PM
Silverdale Wa

Cherry Blossom

04-03-2011, 04:00 PM
Silverdale Wa

Red Flowering Currant
Field Chickweed

04-23-2011, 09:31 AM

4/19 Asian Pears
4/20 Cherry (sweet and pie)

04-24-2011, 01:28 PM
Silverdale Wa


Big Leaf Maple

05-07-2011, 01:19 AM
98001 Auburn, WA 1st week of May
Plums dropped flowers 1 week ago
Pears are in full bloom
Cherries recently started flowering
Apples will come online in a couple of weeks

North Wet
06-24-2011, 07:10 PM
98229 Washington

First blackberry blossoms

johns bees
08-05-2011, 03:51 PM
fire weed

04-05-2012, 09:01 AM
Dandilions April 1, 2012 Western, Wa state


05-22-2012, 11:29 AM
White Clover
Seattle, Washington

03-11-2013, 01:02 PM
zone 8b
crocus - 2/25/13
oso berry - 3/6/13
very few dandelion 3/6/13
heather - 2/20/13

Seeing bumble bees on the heather ..but only 2 honeybees on the heather. Haven't seen bees on anything else. Red Alder might be blooming gotta get the binocs to see.

04-21-2013, 08:14 PM
98277 Oak Harbor, WA

Maples are blooming ..as is cherry and plum ...looks like apples will be blooming soon.
Mountain heather (Phyllodoce) are nearing their end, not many bumblebees on them now.
Dandelion in full bloom

Edit: Forget what I said about the mountain heather ...bumble bees on them and for the first time, dozens of honey bees. First real day of sun in a while, had some rains recently, flowers quite fragrant.

05-01-2013, 10:54 AM
April 30th
Wild Cherries (most likely Prunus emarginata)
Apple starting on some
Whidbey Island, WA 98277

05-13-2013, 10:38 AM
98277 Oak Harbor, WA
Trailing Blackberries
Scotch (Scot's) Broom

05-19-2013, 08:18 PM
98277 Oak Harbor, WA
Seeing Trifolium repens (white clover) blooming. Seeing bumble bees on it.

05-21-2013, 06:38 PM
•Little Wild Rose / Rosa gymnocarpa
Also noticing a blackberry that is blooming, but it's not the Himalayan Blackberry nor the Trailing blackberry (both of which I can ID and Trailing blackberry has already started it's bloom (posted previously)). Possibly the Rubus allegheniensis (common blackberry) ??

06-05-2013, 09:49 PM
•98277 Oak Harbor, WA
• 6/5/13
•Himalayan Blackberry

They're mostly buds but there's a few blooms starting and quite a few plants in the area.

02-24-2014, 11:56 AM

Iris (Iris reticulata)
Willow (Salix)

Crocus verni

02-25-2014, 08:03 PM

Iris (Iris reticulata)
Willow (Salix)

Crocus verni

adding some rhododendrons are starting to pop as well as blossoms on decorative cherry trees in residential areas

Tacoma, WA

02-27-2014, 11:23 AM
Daffodil (Narcissus)

First Daffodil bloomed today.

03-03-2014, 10:11 AM

Osoberry/Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis)

03-06-2014, 01:35 PM

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dawn Viburnum (Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’)

Two new nice dandelion blooms the first of the season. There's another white flower with yellow center growing in the grass ..I don't know what that is.

Dawn Viburnum had bloomed even earlier (neighbor's plant but she didn't remember when they first bloomed)

03-10-2014, 02:34 PM

Crapapple? Ornamental cherry? I don't know for sure. Pink blossoms on it.

03-20-2014, 04:24 PM
Cedar/Juniper, Birch and Poplar/Aspen/Cottonwood

Tacoma, WA

03-31-2014, 02:05 PM
Muscari have been blooming for a tad over a week (some of them)
Skunk Cabbage
Dandelions in full bloom
Saw a Maple tree in full bloom but not the ones close by (soon!)
Some pear trees are blooming (a type of asian pear).

04-09-2014, 09:53 AM
•Maple is blooming, full bloom seems to be by 4/9/14

Fruit trees are blooming but not all. Wild raspberries are blooming ...2 weeks later than last year. Oregon grape are now in full bloom

04-11-2014, 04:33 PM
Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius)

Soon there will be those cheeto-bees!

05-25-2014, 09:11 PM
Sat. 5/24/2014 First open Blackberry blossoms. Burlington, WA 98233. Full bloom a week away(?)

05-30-2014, 05:22 PM
Blackberries making great progress in the last 48 hours in Seattle. With sunny days and 70 degrees forecast for the next week, the flow will be well underway by June 3-5.


06-02-2014, 09:39 AM
Himalayan blackberries

01-20-2015, 10:18 PM
Olympia/Tumwater, WA 98501

Elevation 183 feet

Witch Hazel, 1/18/2015

Hazelnut, estimated first bloom 1/12/2015

Hazelnut first bloom date based on recent weather and number of catkins already fallen on ground.

02-10-2015, 09:59 AM
Kennewick, WA 99337 01/25/2015
Hazelnut bloom lots bright yellow pollen coming in.

02-10-2015, 03:45 PM
98501 Olympia/Tumwater, WA

Snowdrops, Crocus

Primrose buds nearly ready to open.

03-07-2015, 06:41 PM
99005 (Eastern Washington)
March 2, 2015

04-01-2015, 02:26 PM
Kennewick, Wa 99337
Dandelion, Apples

06-26-2015, 08:44 AM
•Seattle 98177
•June 22/23
•The bees really love this plant and are all over it, even trying to get into the flowers that haven't quite opened yet

02-04-2016, 06:51 PM
What is needed:

•zip code, city or county
•date when the plant first bloomed
•name of the plant
•comments - example: if it was the end of the bloom just add that to the comments

02-10-2016, 08:09 AM
I record blooming around my yard every Sunday. My hives are also in the yard.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Iberis (Candytuft)
•Has not attracted the bees

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•The flowers turned brown by 2/7. The bees were collecting pollen in late January.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Has not attracted the bees

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Cyclamen coum
•Has not attracted the bees

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Iris reticulata
•Has not attracted the bees

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•The bees showed some interest

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Pink flowering cherry
•Has not attracted the bees

02-22-2016, 01:41 PM
I record blooming around my yard every Sunday. The pink cherry which bloomed 2 weeks ago is getting popular among the bees.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium Ovatum)

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Currant (Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’)

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Leopard’s bane (Doronicum)

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Mustard green (Brassica juncea)
•Overwintered plants

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Heather (Erica)

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

02-28-2016, 07:59 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Indian plum (Oemleria cerasiformis)

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Plum (Prunus)

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

03-04-2016, 12:01 PM
Bellevue, WA 98005 at about 500 ft above sea level
Thundercloud plum in full bloom, Halls Hardy Almond in full bloom, Beauty Plum about 1/2 of tree in bloom, Pussy Willows loaded with pollen

03-06-2016, 05:22 PM
I record new blooms around my yard every Sunday.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa)

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Pansy (Viola tricolor)

Other flowers in my neighborhood (I did not record when they first bloomed) include;

•Red maple (Acer rubrum)
•Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
•Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
•Evergreen Clematis (Clematis armandii)
•Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum)
•White star magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
•Mediterranean Spurge (Euphorbia characias)
•Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
•Purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum)
•Hellebore (Helleborus lividus)
•“Lily of the Valley Shrubs” (Pieris japonica)
•Daffodil (Narcissus)

03-20-2016, 04:41 PM
Oakville, wa. 98568
A few Big leaf maples just started opening up this weekend

03-20-2016, 06:04 PM
Bees were seen on cherry, plum, and barberry.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Shotweed (Cardamine oligosperma)

•Japanese rose (Kerria japonica)
•Wild violet (Viola sororia)
•Common chickweed (Stellaria media)
•Large periwinkle (Vinca major)

Other flowers in my neighborhood include;

•Barberry (Berberis pruinosa)
•Heart-leaved Bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia)
•Pussy willow (Salix)
•Glory-of-the-Snow (Chinodoxa)
•English daisy (Bellis perennis)

03-27-2016, 03:13 PM
A few bees were seen on kale, but the majority were elsewhere. There are so many flowering trees/shrubs to choose from.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Lacinato kale (Brassica oleracea var. palmifolia)
•Purple wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea’)
•Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule)
•Green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)
•Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)
•Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica)

Other flowers in my neighborhood (I do not know when they first bloomed) include;
•Winter daphne (Daphne odora)
•Viburnum tinus
•Western red cedar (Thuja plicata)
•Common groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)
•Many different species and varieties of Prunus

03-28-2016, 10:25 AM
Bellevue, WA as of 3/27/16

Asian pears, French prune plum, Rainier cherries, big leaf maples continue to bloom.

04-04-2016, 02:12 PM
Saw the first bumble bee on a green alkanet. Smaller wild bee species were seen on dandelions. My honeybees were somewhere else.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Herb robert (Geranium robertianum)
•Basket of gold (Aurinia saxatilis)
•Purple rock cress (Aubrieta deltoidea)
•Brussels sprout (Brassica oleracea)
•Japanese sedge (Carex hachijoensis)
•English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)

Other flowers in my neighborhood (I do not know when they first bloomed) include;
•Many different varieties of Rhododendron.

04-11-2016, 09:32 AM
Dandelions are everywhere, but I have not seen honeybees on them. They are probably working on maples.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Lithodora (Lithospermum)
•Orange wallflower (Erysimum)
•Bugle (Ajuga reptans)
•Wild bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa)
•Pink flowering almond (Prunus glandulosa)
•Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum)
•Golden Chain tree (Laburnum)
•Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

Other flowers in my neighborhood (I do not know when they first bloomed) include;
•Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum)
•Mexican orange (Choisya ternata)

04-17-2016, 05:15 PM
Bigleaf maples are flowering everywhere. Put the 2 nd honey super on.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Mountain bluet (Centaurea montana)
•Columbine (Aquilegia)
•Creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens)
•California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Other flowers in my neighborhood (I do not know when they first bloomed) include;
•Dogwood (Cornus)
•Forget me not (Myosotis scorpioides)
•Grass (Poaceae)

04-24-2016, 05:33 PM
The temperature hit 90F 6 days ago (:scratch:). Some bees were seen on kales but the majority were elsewhere (still working on remaining maple flowers??).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Beauty bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)
•Blue salvia (Salvia farinacea)
•Bridalwreath spirea (Spiraea prunifolia)
•Chive (Allium schoenoprasum)
•Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala)
•Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)
•Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
•Red stem dogwood (Cornus sericea)
•Sea pink (Armeria maritima)
•Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum x superbum)
•Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)
•Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
•White clover (Trifolium repens)

Other flowers in my neighborhood (I do not know when they first bloomed) include;
•English holly (Ilex aquifolium)
•Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
•Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
•Rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa)

05-01-2016, 06:02 PM
Saw the first blackberry flowers :).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bearded iris (Iris germanica)
•Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus)
•Coral Bells (Heuchera)
•Fava bean (Vicia faba)
•Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
•Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis)
•Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum)

Other flowers in my neighborhood (I do not know when they first bloomed) include;
•Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
•Mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia)

05-08-2016, 08:15 PM
Blackberry flowers are still early/sporadic, but black locust trees are suddenly in full bloom. Quite a few honeybees were working on the beauty bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis), hanging just above my hives. The rhododendron nearby attracted lots of bumble bees but not a single honeybee.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis 'Mary Washington’)
•Black locust or false acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia)
•Goat’s beard (Aruncus dioicus)
•Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
•Morning Glory or Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
•Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima)

05-15-2016, 08:33 PM
Lots of honeybees were seen on the beauty bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis) hanging above the hives, but I think the majority foraged somewhere else. There are many black locust trees and a large blackberry bush within 200 yards. Bumble bees and other smaller bee species were on the beauty bush and other flowers in my garden, such as rhododendron, blue salvia, lithodora, and columbine.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Black elder (Sambucus nigra)
•California lilac (Ceanothus)
•Daylily (Hemerocallis)
•Dwarf hardy citrus or sudachi (Citrus sudachi)
•English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
•Globe Gilla (Gilla capitata)
•Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonicus)
•Lacy phacelia or blue tansy (Phacelia tanacetifolia)
•Rock rose (Cistus)
•Snow pea (Pisum sativum 'Oregon Sugar Pod II’)

Other flowers in my neighborhood (I do not know when they first bloomed) include;
•Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
•Many different varieties of roses

05-22-2016, 08:52 PM
Blackberry flowers are everywhere in the neighborhood. The beauty bush is the only plant visited by honey bees in my garden. Bumble bees continue to visit other garden plants as well, such as rhododendron, salvia, columbine, tickseed, lavender, and asparagus.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Baby Snapdragon or Toadflax (Linaria maroccana)
•Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
•Cat’s ear or false dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata)
•Pepper (Capsicum annuum)
•Privet (Ligustrum)
•Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
•Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus)

05-28-2016, 05:18 PM
Camping at Camano Island (98292). Ocean spray (Holodiscus discolor) is flowering everywhere.

05-29-2016, 04:55 PM
Privet and blackberry are in full bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Borage (Borago officinalis)
•Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)
•Speedwell (Veronica)
•Stonecrop (Sedum)

06-05-2016, 03:44 PM
Blackberry and privet are still in bloom in the neighborhood. Lots of bumble bees but not a single honey bee forage in my garden. Bumble’s favorite garden flowers are blue salvia and borage.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
•Bird's eyes (Gilia tricolor)
•Crown Daisy or Shungiku (Glebionis coronaria)
•Evergreen Spindle (Euonymus japonicus “gold spot”)
•Godetia or Farewell-to-Spring (Clarkia amoena)
•Plantain lily (Hosta)
•Scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
•Sumac (Rhus)

06-12-2016, 05:25 PM
Privets are done except some garden varieties. Blackberries are still in bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata)
•Bachelor's button (Centaurea cyanus)
•Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii)
•Chicory or radicchio (Cichorium intybus)
•Elegant clarkia (Clarkia elegans)
•Five Spot (Nemophila maculata)
•Hens and chicks (Sempervivum)
•Meadow foam (Limnanthes floccosa)

06-17-2016, 09:31 AM
Street trees (Linden, Tilia mongolica and Tilia cordata) near Univ. Washington (Seattle 98105) were in full bloom yesterday (6/16). Lots of bees were working on them. I wish we had those in the neighborhood.

06-19-2016, 06:59 PM
Blackberry and sumac flowers remain in part-shade locations. Common privet (Ligustrum vulgare) flowers are long gone but a few other Ligustrum species have begun to bloom in garden hedges. A small number of honey bees came back to my flower garden, working on borage, salvia, and blue tansy.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bellflower (Campanula carpatica)
•Catchfly (Silene armeria)
•Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)
•Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
•Sourwood (Oxydendron arboreum)
•Tiger Lily (Lilium bulbiferum)

06-26-2016, 06:52 PM
I think our “main flow” is over, because honey bees are now seen on a variety of flowers, such as blackberry (some still remain around creeks), privet, white dutch clover, cat’s ear, and elderberry. They also visit my flower garden, working on borage, salvia, blue tansy, bachelors button and globe gilia.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
•Black mondo (Ophiopogon planiscapus)
•Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
•Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
•Leek (Allium ampeloprasum)
•Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
•Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpure)
•Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota)
•Ramp (Allium tricoccum)
•Shallot (Allium cepa)

07-03-2016, 06:24 PM
In the past week, the 5 most popular flowers in my garden were 1. Blue tansy (Phacelia tanacetifolia), 2. Globe gilia, 3. Salvia, 4. White stonecrop (Sedum album), and 5. Borage (almost gone). In the neighborhood, bees were mostly seen on white Dutch clover and some species of elder (Sambucus) and privet (Ligustrum).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Autumn Joy (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’)
•Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
•Planes coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)
•Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora)

07-06-2016, 03:24 PM
Knotweed already blooming near Lake Washington.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

07-10-2016, 04:29 PM
Lots of honey bees were seen in the neighborhood on knotweed, snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus), birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and white dutch clover. They also visit my garden (top 5: salvia, blue tansy, globe gilia, white stonecrop, bachelor ’s button) .

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
•Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

07-17-2016, 04:23 PM
Along the trail by Lake Washington, bees were seen on knotweed, white dutch clover, white sweet clover, birdsfoot trefoil, and snowberry. In my garden, their top 5 favorite are salvia, blue tansy, clarkia, oregano, and bachelor’s button.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Corn (Zea mays)
•Garlic chive (Allium tuberosum)
•Sunflower (Helianthus)
•Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo var. cylindrica)

07-24-2016, 03:03 PM
In the neighborhood, honey bees are seen mostly on knotweed, white dutch clover, and snowberry. In my garden, popular flowers are salvia, oregano, globe gilia, lavender, and purple coneflower. Bumbles also love scarlet runner bean.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Cosmos 'Sensation Mix' (Cosmos bipinnatus)
•Cucumber (Cucumis sativus)
•Hop (Humulus lupulus)
•Silk tree or Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

07-31-2016, 04:23 PM
Around creeks and wetlands, honey bees are seen on knotweed, white sweet clover, birdsfoot trefoil, cat’s ear, and snowberry. In landscaped (watered) areas, white dutch clover, Russian sage, panicle hydrangea, and etc. In my garden, top 5 favorite are globe gilia, salvia, oregano, purple coneflower, and mountain bluet (Centaurea montana).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
•Primrose (Primula vulgaris); flowers may overwinter

08-07-2016, 06:12 PM
Knotweed is now in bloom in part shade locations as well as in sunny spots. Honey bees love them but they also work on garden flowers (top 5: oregano, salvia, purple coneflower, globe gilia, sunflower). Bumbles are decreasing.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
•Italian sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum)

08-14-2016, 04:52 PM
Honey bees are seen mostly on knotweed but also on garden flowers (top 5: purple coneflower, oregano, salvia, marjoram, basil). Bumbles are becoming rare, but I occasionally see a huge one (a young queen?) on scarlet runner beans.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Aster (Symphyotrichum)
•Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
•Ladysthumb or smartweed (Polygonum)
•Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)
•Radish (Raphanus sativus)

08-17-2016, 11:31 PM
Nice work Kuro! I posted this elsewhere and realized this may be a better place.

Vancouver, WA
7/31/16 to 8/7/16
Butterfly Bush (Buddleja or Buddleia) tons of bees
Dandelion lots of bees

Washougal, WA
Queen Annes Lace (Daucus Carota) few bees
Tansy (Tanacetum Vulgare) more bees
Fireweed (Chamerion Angustifolium) lots of bees




08-21-2016, 06:35 PM
It has not rained since 8/8 but annuals and perennials are in bloom around creeks and wetlands, where honey bees are seen mostly on knotweed and white dutch clover. In my garden, their top 5 favorite are oregano, salvia, basil, cucumber, and purple coneflower.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
•Goldenrod (Solidago), as a neighbor’s garden plant. I have not found a wild/feral colony in the neighborhood.
•Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti)

08-28-2016, 04:46 PM
The Japanese knotweed growing on shady creek banks are now in full bloom, attracting lots of honey bees. In my garden, their top 5 favorite are oregano, basil, salvia, garlic chive, and cucumber. We finally had a little bit of rain today.
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Borage (Borago officinalis); fall bloom on plants grown from self-sown seeds of the spring crop.

09-03-2016, 12:46 PM
Honey bees are seen on knotweed, aster, smartweed (Polygonum), and white dutch clover. In my garden, their top 5 favorite are oregano, garlic chive, basil, salvia, and sedum “Autumn Joy”.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Shiso or Perilla (Perilla frutescens var. crispa)

09-11-2016, 04:29 PM
In the neighborhood, honey bees are seen on knotweed, aster, white dutch clover, and Japanese burnett (Sanguisorba obtusa). In my garden, their top 5 favorite are garlic chive, borage, sedum, basil, and shiso (Perilla). A small number of bumble bees forage on cosmos.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Cyclamen coum

09-18-2016, 04:41 PM
Honey bees are on knotweed, aster, smartweed, and white dutch clover. In my garden, popular plants are garlic chive, shiso, borage, basil, radish, and sedum.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Pea (Pisum sativum); a fall crop

09-25-2016, 05:05 PM
Honey bees are seen on white dutch clover and knotweed. In my garden, their favorite are borage, garlic chive, radish, basil, and shiso.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•English ivy (Hedera helix)

10-02-2016, 03:27 PM
Knotweed is pretty much done. Lots of honey bees are on a patch of jewelweed by a creek. In my garden, their favorite are borage, garlic chive, radish, basil, and cucumber.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Sunchoke or Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

10-09-2016, 05:41 PM
The ivy flow is on. My bees are bringing in lots of orange-colored pollen and rapidly backfilling the broodnest. The nectar gets crystalized before being capped. Garden flowers are mostly ignored.
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•No new bloom……

10-11-2016, 02:08 PM
The ivy flow is the only thing going on here too but I am seeing two different colored pollens. There is a gold/orange pollen and a very light yellow/off white pollen too. It may be two different kinds of ivy. I always thought the light yellow pollen is from the ivy. The timing is perfect for a good source of pollen, just ahead of winter.

Bellevue, WA 98005, just south of Bridle Trails State Park

10-12-2016, 05:31 PM
>The ivy flow is the only thing going on here too but I am seeing two different colored pollens. There is a gold/orange pollen and a very light yellow/off white pollen too. It may be two different kinds of ivy. I always thought the light yellow pollen is from the ivy. The timing is perfect for a good source of pollen, just ahead of winter.

Yup, I took a closer look and found my bees also bring in gold/orange and yellow/white pollen. Other than English ivy, the only wild/feral plant currently attracting lots of bees in my neighborhood is jewelweed. (WA 98155)

10-12-2016, 08:48 PM
Could the off white pollen be from laurel?

10-22-2016, 05:26 PM
Could the off white pollen be from laurel?

Hmm, I have only found English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) in the neighborhood but that is a spring bloomer. We had a rare sunny day today and honey bees were still working on English ivy and jewelweed. In my garden, a small number of bees were seen on cosmos, calendula, radish, and borage.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) should have bloomed but slugs ate them all.

10-30-2016, 03:55 PM
Jewelweed is almost done. I still see honey bees on ivy. My bees bring in mostly gold/orange pollen. In my garden, huge bumble queens forage on cosmos.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
•Winter heath (Erica carnea or its hybrid)
•Both will be in bloom untill late spring. Supposedly pollinator friendly but not popular among my bees.

11-06-2016, 04:25 PM
My bees still bring in gold/orange pollen (from English ivy, I think) everyday. In my garden, a few of them are seen on cosmos and calendula.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo)

11-13-2016, 02:11 PM
It has been warm and wet. My bees fly out in light rain, and come back with tiny pollen sacs. In my garden, a few honey bees work on cosmos, radish, and calendula. I no longer see bumble queens.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Camellia: I read some varieties attract honey bees when nothing else is in bloom.
•Japanese Fatsia (Fatsia japonica): brightens my shade garden. Supposedly honey bee friendly.

11-15-2016, 04:39 PM
Oddly enough, I have Scotch Broom blooming in my yard. Just a couple of plants and totally out of season.

Bellevue, WA 98005

11-24-2016, 12:15 PM
Happy Thanksgiving. We had the first light frost about a week ago, but it has become warm again. My bees fly everyday, bringing back small amount of pollen. In my garden, cosmos, radish and calendula are still in bloom, attracting a few honey bees.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Elephant’s ears (Bergenia)

12-03-2016, 01:33 PM
We have not had a hard frost yet, but the majority of annual flowers are gone. My bees fly every day but no longer bring pollen back.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Laurestine (Viburnum tinus)

12-09-2016, 09:51 AM
We had hard frost and snow showers. Winter has finally arrived.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Filbert or Hazelnut (Corylus): Those male catkins are quite showy in the winter landscape. They will be in bloom until late January or early February. A winter pollen source.

01-25-2017, 01:46 PM
It is too cold for honey bees to take advantage of these flowers, but it is nice to see new bloom. Spring is not far away.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Mahonia: probably one of the early blooming garden hybrids. We have lots wild ones in the neighborhood (Mahonia aquifolium, oregon grape) that will bloom later.
•Winter Hazel (Corylopsis)

02-12-2017, 04:44 PM
In the past two weeks, I have seen honey bees on hazelnut flowers on warm and dry afternoons (not often). My bees occasionally bring in small amounts of light-colored pollen.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Winter cherry (Prunus subhirtella, unknown variety): Flowers bloom early, last long, and are quite popular among honey bees.

02-14-2017, 03:24 PM
Bees are bringing in lemon-yellow and off-white pollen from somewhere.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Snow crocus (Crocus tommasinianus or similar species)

02-17-2017, 05:18 PM
It was sunny and warm today and honey bees were seen on snow crocus and sweet box. My bees brought in lots of lemon-yellow pollen and some off-white and dark-yellow pollen.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Common chickweed (Stellaria media): supposedly honey bee friendly, but I do not remember seeing bees on them.
•Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas)
•Sweet box (Sarcococca confusa)
•Witch hazel (Hamamelis): seemed to be in bloom for a while.

02-21-2017, 02:53 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)
•Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
•Red alder (Alnus rubra): must have been in bloom for quite a while on higher branches. The source of the yellowish pollen?
•Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum)

02-22-2017, 05:03 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Paper birch (Betula papyrifera): must have been in bloom for a while on higher branches. This and/or red alder might be the source of the yellowish pollen my bees have brought in in the past week.
•Red maple (Acer rubrum): starting to bloom at the very top.

02-28-2017, 04:26 PM
It has been either too cold or rainy or snowy in the past week and my bees have not brought back pollens for a while.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Elm (Ulmus): seems to have been in bloom for a while. We do not have many in the neighborhood.
•Dutch crocus (Crocus vernus)
•Snowdrop (Galanthus)

03-04-2017, 12:03 PM
This past winter (Dec 2016 - Feb 2017) was Seattle’s coldest since 1985, with 56 days below normal temperatures.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa): supposedly bee-friendly but I have never seen honey bees on them.
•Pieris japonica: I have read that honey from this plant is toxic to humans (“mad honey”), like those from Rhododendron species.
•Reticulata Iris (Iris reticulata or similar species)
•Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

03-08-2017, 02:20 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Daffodil (Narcissus)

03-09-2017, 03:31 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Indian plum or osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis): one of bee-friendly Northwest native plants.

03-10-2017, 03:26 PM
Temperatures are warming up and roadside weeds are growing.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Common daisy, lawn daisy or English daisy (Bellis perennis)
•Evergreen Clematis (Clematis armandii)
•Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)
•Leopard’s bane (Doronicum): one of the earliest blooming perennials in my garden.

03-11-2017, 02:41 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Japanese flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata or its hybrid): must be one of the early blooming varieties. Mine does not bloom until late March.
•Purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum)

03-16-2017, 03:12 PM
Lots of red maples planted along streets and trails are in full bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): More than 2 weeks behind compared with last year, but I suppose this is more like an average spring.
•Pussy willow (Salix): I think we have several different species in the neighborhood.
•Squill (Scilla)
•Winter daphne (Daphne odora)

03-19-2017, 06:48 PM
Osoberries are flowering everywhere in woodlands. High above, numerous copper-colored catkins of red alders can be seen against the sky.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Black cottonwood or balsam-poplar (Populus Trichocarpa): not sure if honey bees use the pollen but I have read that they collect resin from the buds to make propolis.
•Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)
•Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
•Skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)

03-20-2017, 03:02 PM
Honey bees were seen on pussy willows. My bees brought in lots of bright yellow pollens (from willows?).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Mediterranean Spurge (Euphorbia characias)
•Mustard green (Brassica juncea): over-wintered plants.

03-21-2017, 02:59 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Azalea (Rhododendron, unknown garden varieties)
•Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa)
•Hyacinth (Hyacinthus)
•Japanese apricot (Prunus mume)
•Magnolia (an unknown deciduous variety)

03-23-2017, 03:40 PM
Found the first bumble bee flying around a bush of winter heath. Honey bees were seen on winter cherry flowers.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra)
•Spurge laurel (Daphne laureola)

03-24-2017, 04:16 PM
Currant bushes are in full bloom with deep pink flowers but I occasionally find white ones.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Plum (Prunus): I’m pretty sure mine is P. domestica “Mirabelle”. Popular among honey bees. I also found many similar looking flowering trees on creekbanks, which could be other varieties of P. domestica, wild plum (P. americana), or something else.
•Weeping willow (Salix babylonica)

03-25-2017, 04:59 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Basket of gold (Aurinia saxatilis)
•Grand Hounds-Tongue (Cynoglossum grande)
•Rock cress (Aubrieta)
•Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis)

03-26-2017, 05:44 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)
•Bearberry or Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
•Honesty (Lunaria annua)

03-27-2017, 05:21 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Cherry laurel or English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus): a common garden hedge plant and also found in woodlands (very invasive).
•Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
•Siberian spring beauty, Siberian miner's lettuce, or candy flower (Claytonia sibirica)

03-28-2017, 06:28 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Ash (Fraxinus): Unrelated mountain-ash (Sorbus) will bloom later.
•Barberry (Berberis, an unknown evergreen variety)
•Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium Ovatum)
•Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum): found several almost-tree-sized plants in a woody creekside with pink flowers just starting. The state flower of Washington. Honey made from Rhododendron nectar is toxic.

03-30-2017, 04:32 PM
Ornamental cherries, plums, apricots and their lookalikes are flowering everywhere.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Boxwood (Buxus)
•Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum)

03-31-2017, 12:42 PM
Just to confirm: are you stating that Huckleberry started to bloom?
Also, any sign of Maple bloom?


03-31-2017, 04:46 PM
Just to confirm: are you stating that Huckleberry started to bloom?
Also, any sign of Maple bloom?


Yup, evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum, not other deciduous species) at sunny locations, mostly as planted shrubs in gardens/parks. It will be for a while before they go in full bloom. I can see flower buds of big-leaf maples but I have not found one in bloom (within a week, I guess). The peak of red maples already passed.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Skimmia japonica

04-03-2017, 04:07 PM
Honey bees were seen on cherry, plum, mahonia (oregon grape) and pussy willow flowers.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Fig buttercup (Ficaria verna)
•Maple (Acer): see pic below. This is one of the street trees and probably not the big-leaf maple (Norway maple?? I cannot really tell the species without leaves). Flower buds of the trees which I know for sure are big-leaf maples are about to crack open.
•Spiraea (probably S. thunbergii ’Baby's Breath’)
•Windflower (Anemone blanda)


04-04-2017, 02:08 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum): I found flowers emerging on ~10% of trees I looked (there are lots of them in the neighborhood:)). One of the major nectar sources in our area.

04-05-2017, 05:05 PM
Oregon grapes are in full bloom and roadsides look pinkish with numerous flowers of the purple deadnettle. But it rained again today and it will rain tomorrow (and likely the day after tomorrow….). I am afraid honey bees have not had many foraging hours this spring.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)
•Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica)
•Tulip (Tulipa)

04-08-2017, 04:58 PM
Street maple trees (of unknown species, not red, big-leaf, vine, nor Japanese. My guess is Norway) are showing ~ 30% bloom but flowers on big-leaf maple trees are still sporadic.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa)
•Dwarf oregon grape (Mahonia nervosa)
•Kerria japonica

04-10-2017, 03:14 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Norway maple (Acer platanoides): the tree I know for sure as purple-leaved Norway maple began to bloom, but I think other varieties have been in bloom for a while.
•Plane tree or sycamore (Platanus occidentalis or its hybrid)
•Yellow rocket, winter cress, or winter rocket (Barbarea vulgaris)

04-12-2017, 04:26 PM
The majority of big-leaf maple trees show at least some flowers fully open. Some trees are seriously flowering. Overall, looked like 10-15% bloom. My bees brought in orange-brown (cherry?), yellow (willow?) and grey (plum?) pollens during a brief sunbreak in the afternoon.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Avens (probably Geum coccineum 'Werner Arends')
•Serviceberry or shadbush (Amelanchier)

04-14-2017, 04:09 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•European pear (Pyrus communis): Dwarf D’Anjou began to bloom on my "5 way combination” pear tree.
•Forget-me-not or scorpion grass (Myosotis)
•Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa “Allstar”)
•Vine Maple (Acer circinatum): starting at a sunny location.

04-16-2017, 04:19 PM
The temperature went above 60F today, the second time this spring. Maples and late-blooming ornamental cherries (some of them may actually be ornamental pears, crabapples or other lookalikes) are flowering everywhere.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum “Pink Lemonade”)
•Elderberry (Sambucus): see pic below. Probably red elder (S. racemosa).
•Lithodora (Lithospermum)

04-16-2017, 10:59 PM
Warmer and dry day, but very windy. My hive is ignoring a nearby frame full of nectar for two weeks now and also ignoring the nearby plum tree. There was a clear beeline to somewhere today. I am learning that may indicate there is a flow. I really wish I knew what flowers the bees are working. Bigleaf Maple?

04-18-2017, 04:56 PM
Warmer and dry day, but very windy. My hive is ignoring a nearby frame full of nectar for two weeks now and also ignoring the nearby plum tree. There was a clear beeline to somewhere today. I am learning that may indicate there is a flow. I really wish I knew what flowers the bees are working. Bigleaf Maple?

I think so. I have hardly found any honey bees on other flowers since big-leaf maples began to bloom. Actually, however, I have not clearly seen them on the maples either (there are too many and all of them too high).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bugle (Ajuga reptans)
•Dogwood (Cornus): I think the majority I found are Pacific dogwood (C. nuttallii), although Eastern dogwood (C. florida) may be planted in gardens and parks.
•Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)

04-19-2017, 04:00 PM
Many different plants are flowering now, but they probably do not matter to honey bees when maples are in bloom (and when it keeps raining…).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Flowering crabapple (Malus): trees which I know for certain to be flowering crabapples began to bloom, but other varieties may have started earlier.
•Oak (Quercus)
•Red barberry or Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
•Sea pink (Armeria maritima)
•Tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans): found a few garden shrubs already in full bloom.

04-21-2017, 05:57 PM
It was a precious sunny day today, and I saw ONE honey bee on a dandelion. The rest must have been high up among the big-leaf maple flowers! Meanwhile, blue orchard mason bees began checking out my mason bee nesting box. I hope they stay and pollinate my apples and berries while honey bees are busy with maples.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Apple (Malus pumila): Semi-dwarf Liberty began to bloom on my “4 way combination” apple tree.
•Dwarf flowering almond or Chinese bush cherry (Prunus glandulosa)
•False Solomon's seal or treacleberry (Maianthemum racemosum)

04-23-2017, 04:41 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
•Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
•Mexican orange (Choisya ternata)
•Pacific madrona (Arbutus menziesii)
•Pacific wax myrtle (Myrica californica)

04-25-2017, 04:41 PM
Big-leaf maples are leafing out, but there still are many trees in bloom on shady slopes. Underneath, more and more vine maples are flowering.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
•Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum): several other unknown viburnum varieties are also in bloom.
•Mouse-eared Chickweed (Cerastium)
•Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla)
•Solomon's seal (Polygonatum)
•Yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon)

04-27-2017, 04:22 PM
Cherry (English) laurels in sunny locations are nearing full-bloom. Unmowed lawns are full of dandelions.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens)
•Kale (Brassica oleracea): A month behind compared with last year. One of a few biennial plants that managed to survive this past winter in my vegetable garden.
•Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis)
•Western wallflower (Erysimum capitatum)

04-29-2017, 05:25 PM
Vine maples are in full bloom in woodlands and many elderberry shrubs are also flowering there. In sunny places, madrona trees are nearing full-bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis): found a garden tree already in bloom.
•Large-leaved avens (Geum macrophyllum)
•Mulberry (Morus): a few white mulberry trees (M. alba) in a neighborhood park finally began to bloom, although pollen.com has been reporting mulberry pollen in our area for ~20 days. I guess I only found female trees.
•Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum)

05-01-2017, 07:19 PM
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Barrenwort (Epimedium): seems to have been in bloom for a while.
•Bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata): seems to have been in bloom for a while.
•Mountain bluet, mountain cornflower, or perennial bachelor's button (Centaurea montana)
•Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)
•Trailing blackberry or Pacific blackberry (Rubus ursinus): a native blackberry. Much more common Himalayan blackberry (R. armeniacus, the major nectar source in our area) will bloom later.

05-03-2017, 04:59 PM
Feral cherry laurels (Prunus laurocerasus) are so numerous that the woodland is full of their flowers’ scent. Above, I can still see many flowers of big-leaf maples. Today the temperature went above 70F for the first time this spring and more and more perennials are blooming.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•California Lilac (Ceanothus)
•Columbine (Aquilegia)
•English holly (Ilex aquifolium)
•Golden chain tree (Laburnum)
•Hardy geranium or crane’s bill (Geranium x cantabrigiense?)
•Lewisia cotyledon
•Tickseed (Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’)

05-04-2017, 06:06 PM
In a residential area, cherry laurel hedges, flowering crabapples, red barberry shrubs, lilacs, rhododendrons/azaleas, madronas, vine maples, and ornamental maples (Japanese varieties?) are in bloom. Late-blooming ornamental cherries are nearing the end. The second >70F day ended with a thunderstorm. It will cool down again tomorrow.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Mountain-ash or rowan (Sorbus): probably the invasive European species (S. aucuparia).
•Redbud (Cercis): I think I found a few ornamental trees just beginning to bloom. Aren't they supposed to bloom in early spring? See photo below.
•Salal (Gaultheria shallon): starting in very sunny locations. We have lots of them in the neighborhood, wild and planted.
•Speedwell (Veronica, probably “Bergens Blue”)

05-07-2017, 06:13 PM
Along the freeway, Scotch broom shrubs are showing abundant yellow flowers.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Chive (Allium schoenoprasum)
•Common hawthorn or English hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
•Fragrant fringecup (Tellima grandiflora)
•Snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum)
•Spiraea: probably white spiraea (S. betulifolia)

05-08-2017, 07:26 PM
On the lakeshore, honey bees were seen on numerous yellow catkins of Pacific willows.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Cascara buckthorn (Rhamnus purshiana): a small tree with tiny flowers, often found in the understory of a bigleaf maple forest. I have read that the nectar flow starts after the maple flow is over, lasts 4-5 weeks, and makes a delicious honey.
•Jacaranda: the first time I have ever seen this sub-tropical tree in our area.
•Pacific willow (Salix lucida): found them already in full bloom.
•Red osier dogwood or red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea)
•White clover or Dutch clover (Trifolium repens)
•Whitetop or hoary cress (Lepidium draba)
•Winged spindle or burning bush (Euonymus alatus): a few honey bees were working on their tiny flowers.

05-10-2017, 03:45 PM
Horse-chestnut trees are in full bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bearded iris (Iris, an unknown species or hybrid)
•Broadleaf lupine (Lupinus latifolius)
•Common sow thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)
•Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale): seems to have been in bloom for a while.
•Orange honeysuckle or Western trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa)
•Rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa)
•Sheep sorrel, or red sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
•Starflower (Trientalis borealis)
•Welsh poppy (Meconopsis cambrica)

05-12-2017, 05:16 PM
Mountain-ash (rowan) trees are in full bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Blue salvia or mealycup sage (salvia farinacea, an unknown variety): one of the best bee plants in my garden.
•Dove-tree, handkerchief tree or ghost tree (Davidia involucrata): an uncommon garden tree, related to the tupelos.
•Gold flash broom (Genista pilosa): a garden shrub, like a miniature Scotch broom.
•Ground elder or bishop's weed (Aegopodium podagraria)
•Lavender (Lavendula): probably Spanish or French (L. stoechas).
•Ornamental onion (Allium): A. aflatunense or a similar species.
•Peony (Paeonia)
•Red-tip photinia (Photinia × fraseri): a common evergreen hedge plant.
•Cinquefoil (Potentilla): probably an early-blooming garden variety of P. fruticosa.
•Vetch (Vicia)

05-15-2017, 04:56 PM
Hawthorn trees are nearing full bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Beauty bush (Linnaea amabilis): very showy and attracts lots of honey bees.
•Black medic (Medicago lupulina): a small, yellow-flowered clover.
•Coral bells or alumroot (Heuchera)
•Cotoneaster: probably bearberry cotoneaster (C. dammeri)
•Dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
•English walnut (Juglans regia)
•Fava bean (Vicia faba)
•Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum)

05-18-2017, 04:28 PM
Holly trees are in full bloom. Lots of honey bees were seen on cascara flowers. In my garden, three different bumble bees (most likely Bombus melanopygus, B. mixtus, and B. vosnesenskii) were seen on lupines and kales. Mason bees are also busy filling up nesting tubes.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera): in full bloom.
•Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana)

05-20-2017, 03:33 PM
Numerous flower-buds of Himalayan blackberry (the major nectar source in our area) can be seen, but no bloom yet. Pacific (trailing) blackberry, native and far less common than the Himalayan, is in full bloom, attracting a variety of bees.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bistort (Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’, also called Bistorta officinalis): in full bloom. Related to the knotweeds.
•Common rock rose (Helianthemum nummularium ‘Henfield Brilliant’)
•English plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
•Goat's beard (Aruncus dioicus)
•Russian comfrey (Symphytum × uplandicum): in full bloom.
•Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
•White campion (Silene latifolia)
•White watercress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)

05-22-2017, 04:37 PM
Lots of honey bees were seen on hawthorn flowers. Still waiting for the blackberry.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala): a bee-friendly hydrangea.
•Common hawkweed (Hieracium lachenalii)
•Enkianthus campanulatus: a garden shrub.
•Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
•Rhaphiolepis umbellata: a garden shrub.
•Sea blush (Plectritis congesta)
•Yarrow (Achillea)
•Yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus)

05-23-2017, 03:59 PM
Russian olive bloom has started and bees are on the trees collecting a dull orange pollen. Apparently the bees collect nectar too.

Central Washington - 05/23/17

05-24-2017, 03:26 PM
Russian olive bloom has started and bees are on the trees collecting a dull orange pollen. Apparently the bees collect nectar too.

Central Washington - 05/23/17

I have never seen one around here. I suppose the flora is very different in east of the Cascade Range.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•American cranberry bush (Viburnum opulus var. americanum, or V. trilobum): seems to have been in bloom for a while.
•Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis 'Mary Washington’)
•Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
•Cornflower or bachelor's button (Centaurea cyanus)
•Ornamental onion (Allium cowanii)
•Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus): a bee-friendly PNW native shrub.
•Red clover (Trifolium pratense): it’s not honey bee’s favorite, but used by other bee species.
•Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima): supposed to attract bees but mine does not seem to.

05-24-2017, 04:20 PM
I have never seen one around here. I suppose the flora is very different in east of the Cascade Range.

Yes, it is a bit different over the mountains.
Russian olive is an invasive species. There are thousands of acres of it in a relatively small vicinity where I live. It likes marshy areas near creeks and ponds, but it will grow just about anywhere that has a little water run-off. (roadside ditches, etc.)

Central Washington - 05/24/17
Wild Mustard
Russian Olive <- pollen - dull orange || nectar - unknown
Purple Sage <- pollen - unobserved || nectar - yes

05-26-2017, 04:25 PM
Honey bees and bumble bees were seen on wild roses. I still have not found blackberry nor black locust flowers. This time last year, both were already in full bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Buckwheat (Fagopyrum): mine is not very popular among honey bees. Maybe a wrong variety (bought at a grocery store).
•California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
•Cat’s ear, flatweed, or false dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata)
•Chokeberry (Aronia): a garden shrub already in full bloom, covered by honey bees. Probably black chokeberry (A. melanocarpa).
•Dock (Rumex): probably curly dock (R. crispus).
•Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale)
•Page hebe (Hebe pinguifolia): in full bloom. Lots of bumbles were seen on the flowers.
•Rock rose (Cistus)
•Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus): starting in very sunny places. The flowers were very popular among honey bees last July.

05-26-2017, 08:38 PM
Kuro, I've never recognized (or really looked for) black locust. Do you know if it's over here on the east side of the mountains?
Do you have any tips on identifying it from a distance while driving by?

I made this quick compilation of a handful of plants that are of interest to the bees here in Central Washington. https://youtu.be/wv4ITw-MQfU

Central Washington - 05/26/17
(Yellow) Roses <= pollen--orange || nectar--unknown

05-27-2017, 01:34 PM
Finally found a few flowers of blackberry and black locust.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
•Bird’s eyes gilia (Gilia tricolor)
•Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus)
•Queen Anne's lace or wild carrot (Daucus carota)
•White stonecrop (Sedum album): an easy-to-grow ground cover. Popular among honey bees.

Kuro, I've never recognized (or really looked for) black locust. Do you know if it's over here on the east side of the mountains?
Do you have any tips on identifying it from a distance while driving by?

Thank you for the video, I now know how Russian olive looks like. Black locust is a medium-sized tree, belonging to the pea family, with vetch-like leaves (but much larger) and wisteria- like flowers (but white). Flowers are very showy but blooming period is short (less than 2 weeks, I think). It is an invasive species here in Western Washington but Washington State Noxious Weed Control Panel (http://www.nwcb.wa.gov/tree-and-shrub-alternatives-for-western-wa#locust) does not mention about Central and Eastern Washington, so you may not have them.

05-29-2017, 06:02 PM
Black locust is a medium-sized tree, belonging to the pea family, with vetch-like leaves (but much larger) and wisteria- like flowers (but white). Flowers are very showy but blooming period is short (less than 2 weeks, I think). It is an invasive species here in Western Washington but Washington State Noxious Weed Control Panel (http://www.nwcb.wa.gov/tree-and-shrub-alternatives-for-western-wa#locust) does not mention about Central and Eastern Washington, so you may not have them.

Thanks for the description, I'll keep my eyes open.
Kuro, do you have any significant amount of alfalfa over there?

Alfalfa blooms are popping up, I didn't see any bees on the buds yet, but with a few more hot days like this, we'll be on our way to full bloom!

Central Washington - 05/29/17

Wild Mustards
Russian Olive <- pollen - dull orange || nectar - unknown
Purple Sage <- pollen - unobserved || nectar - yes
Roses (domestic)

05-30-2017, 07:14 PM
Black locust trees are in 5-50% bloom, depending on shady/sunny locations. Blackberry flowers are still sporadic.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Black elder (Sambucus nigra): a few garden shrubs starting to bloom.
•Japanese meadowsweet (Spiraea japonica): “Gold princess” or similar garden varieties.
•Lacy phacelia, blue tansy or purple tansy (Phacelia tanacetifolia)
•Lewis' mock-orange (Philadelphus lewisii)
•Red hot poker, torch lily, or tritoma (Kniphofia)
•Twinberry honeysuckle (Lonicera involucrata): bumble bees were working on the flowers.

Kuro, do you have any significant amount of alfalfa over there?

Probably not much in my neighborhood (no farmland within 2.5 miles). I have not found the flowers but there should be some, because I do see other pasture crops. I’ll keep looking.

06-02-2017, 06:07 PM
Black locust trees are in full bloom (see photo below).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Cutleaf evergreen blackberry (Rubus laciniatus): another invasive blackberry species. Not as common as Himalayan blackberry in our neighborhood.
•Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
•Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonicus)
•Rose campion (Silene coronaria)
•Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria): the purple-leaved garden variety.
•Shirley poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
•Tulip popular tree (Liriodendron tulipifera): A very tall tree, not common in our neighborhood.


06-06-2017, 10:17 PM
Black locust flowers are at the peak or a little past the peak. Blackberry bushes look like in 5-30% bloom, depending on locations.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata)
•Bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus): its yellow flowers attracted many honey bees last July.
•Evergreen spindle (Euonymus japonicus)
•Firethorn (Pyracantha)
•Morning glory or field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
•Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

06-09-2017, 06:06 PM
Blackberry bushes are flowering everywhere, attracting lots of bees. Black locust bloom is nearing the end except shadier locations.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bellflower (Campanula)
•Dog rose (Rosa canina): seems to have been in bloom for a while.
•Garden lobelia (Lobelia erinus)
•Glossy abelia (Abelia × grandiflora)
•Lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis): in full bloom.
•Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica): one of the two cherry laurels often used in garden hedges. The other one, more common English laurel (P. laurocerasus), finished blooming several weeks ago.

06-12-2017, 06:08 PM
In my garden, lots of bumble bees work on salvia, asparagus, bachelor’s button, poppy, fava, and etc. Honey bees will ignore these garden flowers until the end of the blackberry bloom. Blue orchard mason bees sealed up all nesting tubes.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii )
•Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
•Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
•Crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum)
•Daisy bush (Brachyglottis 'Sunshine’)
•Franchetti cotoneaster (Cotoneaster franchetii): in full bloom, covered by bumble bees.
•Lily (Lilium)
•Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia): makes toxic honey.
•Ocean spray (Holodiscus discolor)
•Pot marigold (Calendula)
•Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)
•Spiderwort (Tradescantia)

06-14-2017, 05:35 PM
I noticed that California Buckwheat started blooming in full earnest at the beginning of the month.

June 2, 2017
California Buckwheat

06-16-2017, 06:47 AM
A variety of perennials and annuals are blooming in beautifully maintained gardens and parks, but honey bees prefer unkept yards and roadsides (= blackberry bushes).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Borage (Borago officinalis): the spring crop (self-sown), not appreciated by honey bees because of the abundance of blackberry flowers. I’ll sow some seeds now for September-October bloom.
•Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium): fairly common, but not abundant in our neighborhood.
•Hardhack (Spiraea douglasii): was popular among honey bees last summer, after the blackberry bloom.
•Hedge nettle (Stachys cooleyae)
•Lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
•Nipplewort (Lapsana communis): a common weed with yellow flowers. May look like hawkweed (Hieracium) which is in full bloom now.
•Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora): in full bloom, covered by bumbles.
•Prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola): another common weed with yellow flowers.
•Privet (Ligustrum): probably Chinese privet (L. sinense) with small leaves. Waxleaf privet (L. japonicum) is about to bloom.
•Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus): attracted lots of honey bees last year. This one was sown in late March and I’ll let some of mid-May sown crops bolt, which will be in bloom until winter.
•Scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus): not a honey bee's favorite but attracts bumbles and hummingbirds.
•St. John's wort (Hypericum): the creeping one (H. reptans) as a common ground cover and the erect one (H. perforatum) in flower borders.

06-17-2017, 02:22 PM
Finally I see bees on the alfalfa... even though it started blooming a couple weeks ago. Maybe it just needed the water from the past couple days of rain. That rain will really help extend the flow on a few of the current flowering plants.
There are still bees on the California Buckwheat and I saw a bee on a bit of tumble mustard that is still blooming.
My bee hive front activity has absolutely skyrocketed, and I don't think it is just a population spike... I think a good flow is coming on soon or they have switched from spring brood rearing mode to winter honey store collection.
I counted the number of bees coming in exactly one week ago at noon... 45 in a minute. Today, at an hour past noon I counted 100 bees coming in one minute.
I use a camera/phone and then slo-mo to count.

06-17-2017, 05:07 PM
I have not found alfalfa in my neighborhood yet. Last week I saw numerous purple flowers which I thought were alfalfa along I-90 (around Easton, I think) but not the west side of Snoqualmie pass.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
•Deutzia: in full bloom. ‘Strawberry fields’ (Deutzia x hybrida) or a similar variety.
•Elegant clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata)
•Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha): a pretty garden tree with camellia-like flowers, not common.
•Escallonia: ’Pink Princess' (Escallonia x exoniensis) or a similar variety.
•Perennial sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis): a common weed, like a tall dandelion.
•Tidy tips (Layia platyglossa)
•Yuzu or yuja (Citrus junos)
•Washington hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum): the last hawthorn species to bloom in our area.

06-22-2017, 05:27 PM
I have read that rain washes blackberry’s nectar away and it takes about three days for the flower to replenish it. In my neighborhood, it rained on 6/8, 6/13, 15, 18, and 20:( . Fortunately, there is no rain forecast for the next 10 days.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•False goat's beard or false spirea (Astilbe)
•Globe gilia (Gilia capitata): attracted lots of honey bees last summer.
•Red flax (Linum grandiflorum)
•Southern or evergreen magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora): deciduous magnolia varieties already bloomed in spring.
•Wall lettuce (Mycelis muralis)
•Yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

06-27-2017, 05:40 PM
The blackberry bloom has passed its peak but I have not seen many honey bees on other flowers yet. Privet hedges are nearing full bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Castor bean (Ricinus communis): its pollen is reported to be toxic to honey bees.
•Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus “Dwarf sensation mix”): attracted honey bees and young bumble queens last fall.
•Ice plant (Delosperma)
•Leek (Allium ampeloprasum)
•Oregano (Origanum vulgare): attracted many honey bees last summer-fall.
•White sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

06-29-2017, 04:48 PM
Although honey bees still work on blackberry flowers in shady locations, they began working on other flowers as well. Today I saw them on sumac, late cotoneaster, white sedum, privet, bachelor’s button, blue salvia, Dutch clover, poppy, and etc.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•American chestnut (Castanea dentata): not common around here.
•Butterfly bush (Buddleia)
•Evening primrose (Oenothera)
•Hardy fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica)
•Hen and chicks (Sempervivum)
•Hoary mugwort or Dusty Miller (Artemisia stelleriana)
•Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
•Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia): a bee-friendly hydrangea
•Sumac (Rhus)
•Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima): looks like a gigantic sumac tree. It was extremely popular among bees last summer. Supposedly invasive but not common around here.

06-29-2017, 09:06 PM
Last week when I drove over the mountains, the countryside was white with blackberry blossoms.
Over White Pass there were tons of dandelions and ragwort (I think) and daisies. Massive fields of flowers... Crazy.

07-04-2017, 04:02 PM
Popular flowers in the past several days were privet, blackberry, late cotoneaster, tree of heaven, and bird’s foot trefoil. Honey bees were also seen on sumac, Queen Ann’s lace, ocean spray, bachelor’s button, Dutch clover, poppy, leek, white sedum, blue salvia, borage, and etc.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
•Chicory or radicchio (Cichorium intybus)
•Coppertips or falling stars (Crocosmia)
•Linden or basswood (Tilia): Last summer I saw an insane number of honey bees working on a long row of linden trees along a street in Seattle.
•Old man's beard or traveler’s joy (Clematis vitalba)
•Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata): was quite popular among honey bees last summer.
•Plains coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)
•Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

07-08-2017, 09:31 AM
Linden, American chestnut, and tree of heaven are in full bloom. It has not rained since 6/20 but not droughty either, so I suppose it is good for the foragers.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
•Lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina)
•Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpure)
•Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
•Sourwood (Oxydendrum): as an uncommon garden tree.

07-13-2017, 06:15 PM
Popular flowers in the past several days were linden, waxleaf privet, lavender, and bird’s foot trefoil.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Echinops (Echinops): probably E.bannaticus “Blue globe”.
•Corn (Zea mays)
•Hop (Humulus lupulus): the flowers are not honey bee’s favorite, but their extract is used for varroa treatment (Hopguard).
•Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
•Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
•Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo var. cylindrica)

07-13-2017, 09:28 PM
Honeybees collecting orange pollen.

07-19-2017, 04:36 PM
I have not found Japanese knotweed flowers and there are not many feral/wild plants in bloom (no rain since 6/20). In the past few days, honey bees were seen mostly on snowberry, cat's ear, Dutch clover, bird's foot trefoil, and remaining blackberry flowers on shady slopes. My flower garden has become very popular.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Bee balm (Monarda)
•Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
•Dill (Anethum graveolens)
•Hollyhock (Alcea)
•Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
•Japanese anemone (Anemone hupehensis)
•Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis): its orange flowers were very popular last October.
•Mint (Mentha)

07-19-2017, 11:43 PM
Bees were all over oregano bloom a few days ago.

07-24-2017, 05:30 PM
The dry streak continues, but fortunately, Japanese knotweed began to bloom on creek banks. Last year, it kept blooming throughout the dry season, attracting lots of honey bees.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
•Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

07-29-2017, 05:29 PM
It rained a little bit on 27th but not enough for roadside weeds to recover. Knotweed bloom is still early and lots of bees visit my garden. In July (after blackberry and before knotweed), popular garden annuals and perennials were borage, lavender, sage, oregano, forget-me-not, white sedum, bachelor's button, Shirley poppy, and globe gilia. I also saw lots of honey bees on my neighbor's crane's bill, which I will plant next year.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Garlic chive (Allium tuberosum): its white flowers are much more popular among honey bees than the blue flowers of the regular chive, which bloomed in spring. Leaves taste better, too.
•Goldenrod (Solidago), as a garden plant. I have not found a wild/feral colony in the neighborhood.
•Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin): almost in full bloom.

08-05-2017, 02:18 PM
We are in the middle of a heat wave, although somewhat shielded from strong sunlight by the wildfire smoke coming from British Columbia. It is still very dry, but honey/nectar in my two hives increased quite a bit during the past two weeks. The bees may have collected nectar from large mimosa trees or Dutch clovers growing in watered/un-mowed lawns, or found a good patch of Japanese knotweed.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Autumn joy (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’)
•Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
•Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata)
•Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
•Cucumber (Cucumis sativus)
•Seven sons (Heptacodium miconioides): in full bloom.
•Sunflower (Helianthus)

08-13-2017, 09:26 AM
At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the record 56-day dry streak is finally over (in my neighborhood, it rained twice during this period).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Aster (Symphyotrichum)
•Smartweed (Polygonum)
Both were popular among honeybees last fall.

08-27-2017, 05:33 PM
Japanese knotweed has been in full bloom for a while, attracting lots of honey bees. No rain after 8/12.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

09-03-2017, 06:33 PM
In the past few days, I saw many honey bees on Japanese knotweed and birdsfoot trefoil. Popular garden flowers include Russian sage, borage, oregano, basil, garlic chive, crane’s bill, aspen daisy, and sedum “autumn joy”.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
•Purple beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma)
•Shiso or Perilla (Perilla frutescens var. crispa): After bees are done pollinating, I collect seedpods and preserve them in soy sauce (tasty on rice or pasta).

09-20-2017, 03:52 PM
Around creeks and wetlands, Japanese knotweed passed its peak and jewelweed became very popular. We had the first soaking rain since June, so hopefully a variety of weeds will bloom again. In my garden, bees work on perilla, basil, garlic chive, and partridge pea.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•English ivy (Hedera helix): found a few blooms in a very sunny location, among numerous flower buds. Flow will probably start in 1-2 weeks.

09-25-2017, 08:31 PM
Rabbitbrush is starting to pick up.
And another (unidentified) white bush started a bit back.

10-06-2017, 03:39 PM
I think the ivy flow started earlier this week, when honey bees disappeared from my flower garden and began bringing in big loads of orange-yellow pollen. Last year, it lasted for about a month.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Sunchoke or Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus): the root is edible (acquired taste).

10-14-2017, 11:56 PM
Lots of honey bees were seen on ivy flowers.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo): “Bitter honey" is produced from this plant in some Mediterranean countries.

10-26-2017, 04:10 PM
The ivy bloom passed its peak while ago but I can still see some honey bees working on them.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Laurustinus or laurestine (Viburnum tinus): keeps blooming throughout winter until spring.
•Winter heath (Erica carnea or its hybrid): was very popular among over-wintered bumble queens last spring.

11-08-2017, 02:11 PM
Ivy flowers are getting scarce and today I only saw wasps on them. My bees brought back yellow pollens.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Witch-hazel (Hamamelis): as a garden plant. Probably the fall blooming American witch-hazel (H. virginiana).

11-17-2017, 06:02 PM
Wild/feral flowers are gone, except for a little bit of ivy and dandelion (and its look-alikes). It was a rare dry day and my bees brought back some yellowish pollens.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Japanese aralia, fatsi, or paperplant (Fatsia japonica): an evergreen garden shrub, distantly related to English ivy. Maybe not much use to honey bees here in our wet-cold weather but apparently it is one of the late-fall nectar sources in Japan.

11-24-2017, 03:59 PM
Happy black Friday. My bees brought back a little bit of yellow pollen.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Camellia: found it already past full-bloom, must be a fall blooming variety (C. sasanqua?). Many other varieties will bloom during winter-spring. Here are nice photos of C. japonica by Glenn apiaries, California.

12-05-2017, 04:02 PM
My bees fly around when it is dry, but I have not seen any pollen coming in for ~10 days. Calendula, camellia, dandelion, fragrant viburnum, Japanese aralia, laurestine, pansy, primrose, rosemary, strawberry tree, winter heath, and yarrow are in bloom in my neighborhood. Some are almost gone, others may be weeks or months away from full bloom. They are listed elsewhere as honey bee friendly but I guess they have to be planted near beehives to be useful during late-fall - winter.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Fragrant viburnum (Viburnum farreri): native to China. This site shows honey bees on the flowers (in December, at Arnold Arboretum in Boston, I believe). http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_bc9f8f830102w0ee.html

12-15-2017, 03:02 PM
Numerous catkins can be seen on alder, birch, and hazelnut (filbert), members of the birch family. European hazelnut is the first to bloom in my neighborhood.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•European hazelnut (Corylus avellana): mine is conveniently located 10’ from my hives and the bees collect its pollen in sunny afternoons of late January - mid February (the photo was taken on 1/26/16). Some catkins are seen in clusters of three, while those of beaked hazelnut (C. cornuta, the native species which will bloom later) are mostly single or double.
•Hellebore (Helleborus): multiple species and their hybrids are grown as shade-tolerant evergreen perennials. The one I found today was probably ‘Christmas rose’ (H. niger). Many other varieties will bloom during winter - spring. This site shows honey bees on the flowers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZhpZ3iNo7Y
•Mahonia × media: a winter-blooming garden hybrid between Chinese and Japanese species. The native mahonias, tall and dwarf Oregon grapes, will bloom later. This site shows honey bees on the flowers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYKmhDRsIrY

01-15-2018, 04:19 PM
My bees brought in lots of yellow pollen and some light grey pollen in the past few days. They may not fly far under cold weather, but within a half mile, there are lots of European hazelnut trees in full bloom, and some flowers of winter heath, camellia, mahonia, viburnum, strawberry tree, and witch-hazel.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•Hardy cyclamen (Cyclamen coum): one of the first ‘bulb’ (actually tuber) plants to bloom. Another hardy cyclamen, C. hederifolium, bloomed in fall.

A honey bee on C.coum (the text is Google-translated). http://blog.goo.ne.jp/kobakatu_70/e/944bdf3f794aca76bd399c42fcbd8107
•Sweet box (Sarcococca confusa): an evergreen garden shrub with fragrant white flowers. Last February I saw many honey bees on it.

Honey bees on sweet box. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzaWPBscTKU
•Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox): a small deciduous garden tree.

Honey bees on wintersweet. https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/wintersweet-and-honeybee-january/

01-27-2018, 02:42 PM
It rains almost every day. My bees fly out whenever it stops raining but do not bring back pollen. All those flowers of hazelnut and witch-hazel are probably too wet.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Birch (Betula): paper birch (B. papyrifera, native) and European white birch (B. pendula) are common in my neighborhood. Both are medium-sized trees with peeling/cracking white barks. I have not visually confirmed whether their male catkins are in bloom, but according to https://www.pollen.com, airborne birch pollen was detected in our area on 1/26. Plants shown in this website are wind-pollinated and their pollens are usually low in protein. But honey bees are known to visit such plants, when other protein-rich pollens are not available.
[Honey bees on birch] https://backyardhive.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/early-pollen-from-the-birch-trees-of-eldo/

•Witch-hazel (Hamamelis): not native here but fairly common in gardens. Many started to bloom in the past ~10 days, but some plants came to full bloom in November, others by mid January. I guess I was seeing multiple species (American, Ozark, Japanese, and Chinese) and hybrids with different blooming times.
[Honey bees on Ozark witch-hazel] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYPwrz8f8vw

02-01-2018, 02:04 PM
My winter cherry tree started to bloom, ~10 days earlier than last year. From now on until late spring, members of the genus Prunus, such as cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, almonds, and cherry laurels will flower. In addition to numerous cultivars in orchards and gardens, quite a few natives and escapes will be found (wild/feral cherries in Washington are listed in this site. https://www.wnps.org/blog/washingtons-cherries/).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Common chickweed (Stellaria media): a lawn weed with small white flowers that have five very deeply lobed petals. Mouse-eared chickweed (Cerastium fontanum) with similar flowers and hairy leaves will bloom later.
[Common chickweed & honey bee] http://beekeeper.3838.com/kagamino/archive/20150401.html

•Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas): an ornamental tree with many small yellow flowers, not a cherry but a dogwood.
[Cornelian cherry & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcm6Xo2_qrg

•Ornamental cherry (Prunus spp.): I think mine is a variety of Higan cherry (P. subhirtella). It will be visited by honey bees, if it stops raining, until mid March. I have seen similar flowers in the neighborhood since mid January. Many other ornamental cherries, such as Kwanzan (P. serrulata), Paperbark (P. serrula), and Yoshino (Prunus x yedoensis) will bloom later.
[P. subhirtella 'Autumnalis’ & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3xmP0gQaxQ

•Silver maple (Acer saccharinum): native to eastern and central North America. I have only found several large trees planted in front yards. Silver maples and red maples (much more common, starting soon) bloom much earlier than our native maples.
[Silver maple flowers] https://www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/iowa_trees/tree_id_photos/MAPLE_SILVER4_flowers.jpg

•Snow crocus (Crocus spp.): several early blooming crocus species are called snow crocuses. Dutch crocuses will bloom later.
[Snow crocus & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6_7zYT78eU

•Snowdrop (Galanthus): a small bulb plant. The flower is white, but the pollen is bright orange-red.
[Snowdrop & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPHKQmpYThs

02-01-2018, 02:46 PM
My winter cherry tree started to bloom, ~10 days earlier than last year. From now on until late spring, members of the genus Prunus, such as cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, almonds, and cherry laurels will flower. In addition to numerous cultivars in orchards and gardens, quite a few natives and escapes will be found (wild/feral cherries in Washington are listed in this site. https://www.wnps.org/blog/washingtons-cherries/).

Wow, how can you guys be so far ahead of us this year? I watch the Seattle weather and it seems that you guys have been getting pounded by rain and slightly cooler than us.

02-01-2018, 03:27 PM
It has been definitely warmer than last year. It is warmer in your location, so you may be able to find red maple flowers on higher branches (red maples are not native but often planted along streets). About my winter cherry (Prunus subhirtella), it is supposed to bloom much earlier than the majority of ornamental cherries. It is not rare in my neighbor’s gardens but not commonly planted along streets because it tends to rot under our rainy weather. Yes, it rains every day. My bees have not brought pollen back since mid January.

02-08-2018, 03:44 PM
A few native plants started to bloom. My bees resumed bringing in pollen earlier this week, after ~20 days of interruption by rainy weather.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Daffodil (Narcissus): probably one of early blooming miniature varieties, such as ‘tete-a-tete’.
[Daffodil & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5dv5nBw-IQ

•Indian plum or osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis): a large, deciduous native shrub often found in the understory of open forests and roadsides. Greenish white, bell-shaped flowers are just emerging, which will soon become showy hanging clusters.
[Osoberry & honey bee] https://radicalbotany.com/2013/03/20/indian-plum-or-osoberry-oemieria-cerasiformis/honey-bee-on-indian-plum-flower/

•Narrow leaf ash or desert ash (Fraxinus angustifolia): a relatively large street tree with finely and deeply fissured barks. It will later show pinnately compound leaves. Oregon ash (F. latifolia, native) and green ash (F. pennsylvanica, another street tree) will bloom later. Unrelated mountain-ash (Sorbus) blooms in mid spring.
[Narrow leaf ash & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXokHoyN14s

•Reticulata iris (Iris reticulata and similar species): miniature irises.
[Reticulata iris & honey bee] http://ellishollow.remarc.com/?p=616

•Western beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. Californica): a large shrub or a small tree, often found in open forests. This is our native hazelnut and likely the source of airborne hazelnut pollen that has been detected since 2/2 by pollen.com. Catkins of European hazelnut which bloomed in December are turning brown and dropping, except for those of late blooming cultivars, such as ‘contorta’.
[Hazelnut & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRmnTXuwgas

02-14-2018, 04:34 PM
In the past week it rained but not every day. I saw honey bees on my Higan cherry flowers fairly often and a few times on hardy cyclamens. My bees mainly brought back crocus pollen (yellow, round, ~90 μm in diameter).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Pieris or Lily-of-the-valley shrub (Pieris): an evergreen ornamental shrub with drooping clusters of small urn-shaped flowers. I have seen some flowers since late January. Like azaleas and rhododendrons, it contains ‘grayanotoxin’ which may contaminate honey although very rarely to toxic levels.
[Pieris & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/terme/pieris
[Grayanotoxin and mad honey poisoning] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3404272/

•Red maple (Acer rubrum): native to eastern and central North America. In my neighborhood, cultivars with narrow, upright growth habit are commonly planted along streets. The flowers are starting to bloom at the treetops.
[Red maple & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9XboaNHMIE

•Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis): a bulb (actually a tuber) plant with yellow flowers, related to buttercups.
[Winter aconite & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz0TiPp2vmg

•Winter daphne (Daphne odora): an ornamental shrub with leathery evergreen leaves, green or variegated. Its four-lobed flowers are white or pink and very fragrant.
[Winter daphne & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86vOjPdueJs

02-21-2018, 04:59 PM
A few natives and several ornamentals began to bloom during the past 7 days. My bees foraged one warm afternoon and brought back what I thought to be Cornelian cherry pollen (yellow, rice-shaped when dry, ~25 μm in length). After that, it became way too cold to see bee activities.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Dutch or giant crocus (Crocus spp.): the most commonly grown crocus species. C. vernus (white, purple, or striped) and C. flavus (yellow) are often grown together.
[Dutch crocus & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmv7lutLq2s

•Flowering quince (Chaenomeles): a deciduous ornamental shrub with red (sometimes white or pink) 5-petal (or double) flowers. Some varieties may have thorns.
[Flowering quince & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wjNTLJRZY8

•Forsythia (Forsythia): a deciduous ornamental shrub. Bright yellow, four-lobed flowers are just emerging, which will soon cover the entire arching branches.
[Forsythia & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/forsythia_apis-mellifera

•Heartleaf bergenia or pigsqueak (Bergenia cordifolia): an ornamental plant or a ground cover with large, round, evergreen leaves and dark pink flowers on erect stems. I have seen some flowers since mid November.
[Bergenia & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=she6MK-UJj4

•Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis): an evergreen ground cover used in shady places, 8-12" high, with tiny white flowers. Not a spurge, but distantly related to boxwoods.
[Japanese spurge & honey bee] https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/26279246222

•Red alder (Alnus rubra): this medium-sized tree is one of the most common deciduous trees of the Pacific Northwest. Its male catkins are reddish and often in clusters of >3. Unlike hazelnuts, small, pine-cone like fruits from last year’s female flowers still hang from the branches. The barks are a bit darker and smoother (not peeling) than those of paper birches. Airborne alder pollen was reported on 2/16 by pollen.com.
[About red alder & honey bee] https://honeybeesuite.com/monday-morning-myth-alder-pollen-is-bad-for-bees/

•Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum): a deciduous native shrub that can be found in forest clearings throughout the Pacific Northwest. Cultivars are planted in parks and gardens, including ones with white flowers. Clusters of pink, 5-petal flowers and palmately lobed leaves are starting to show.
[Red-flowering currant & honey bee] http://fernwoodsy.com/2011/05/hungry-honeybees-discover-red-flowering-currant/

02-28-2018, 04:12 PM
The daily high temperatures stayed low (36F - 45F) during the past 7 days, and it snowed and rained. My bees managed to bring back some pollen, mainly of Cornelian cherry, probably from several trees in full bloom ~1000 ft from the hives.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera): mine has white five-petal flowers and later produces green leaves and small yellowish plums. Some varieties have pink flowers and purple leaves. I also found many feral plants, mostly with white flowers. My common plum (P. domestica) will bloom later, probably in 3-4 weeks. Plum trees can be confused with ornamental cherries (P. serrulata, P. subhirtella, and etc), but a cherry petal has a notch at the tip, and young cherry barks show horizontal lines. ‘Plum blossom’ usually refers to Japanese apricot (P. mume).
[Plum & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DHzuECI_3A

•Elm (Ulmus): I have only found a few mature trees of American elm (U. americana, not native here) and English elm (U. minor) in the neighborhood. I have read that Dutch elm disease, which killed >75% of elm trees in North America between 1930-89, arrived in Washington in 1990’s. Airborne elm pollen was reported on 2/23 by pollen.com.
[English elm & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/ulmus-minor_apis-mellifera

•Grape hyacinth (Muscari): a small bulb plant with many urn-shaped flowers.
[Grape hyacinth & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUKzSL1dPUg

•Spurge (Euphorbia spp.): Mediterranean spurge (E. characias) is a 2’ - 3’ tall shrub with woody stems, blue green leaves, and clusters of greenish-yellow flowers (actually bracts that surround petal-less flowers). Wood spurge (E. amygdaloides) is smaller and has either green or purple leaves. Both are common evergreen ornamental plants.
[Mediterranean spurge & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/euphorbia-characias_apis-mellifera-3

03-07-2018, 05:49 PM
A few native plants and common weeds started during the past 7 days. I saw a black-faced bumble bee for the first time this year. My bees brought back a variety of pollens, including cherry/plum, Cornelian cherry, crocus, osoberry, hazelnut, dandelion, and a few others I have not identified.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Apricot (Prunus spp.): probably Japanese flowering apricot (P. mume) but it could be closely related apricot (P. armeniaca). The former produces very sour fruits. Apricot flowers are white or pink and appear to be attached directly to the branch with little stem.
[Japanese apricot & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYZyJPameIE

•Common daisy, lawn daisy or English daisy (Bellis perennis): a lawn weed, starting to bloom in many places, but some could be found all winter. Many cultivars of different sizes and colors are grown in gardens.
[Common daisy & honey bee] https://www.naturalpedia.com/daisies-sources-health-benefits-nutrients-uses-and-constituents-at-naturalpedia-com.html

•Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): popping up in sunny places, but some could be found all winter. I do not usually find honey bees on dandelions, probably because when they are in full-bloom, cherries, plums, and/or maples are flowering everywhere.
[Dandelion & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io2PDoF-zOk

•Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium, aka Mahonia aquifolium): an evergreen native shrub with yellow flowers. The leaves may look like holly’s but are oppositely arranged. I have seen some flowers since early winter. The mahonia hybrids (Mahonia x media) that bloomed in late fall are pretty much done. Dwarf Oregon grape (B. nervosa) will bloom later.
[Oregon grape & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECz_gdwYXv4

•Pussy willows (Salix spp.): our native ‘pussy willow’, Scouler’s willow (S. scouleriana), is a large shrub that can be found in relatively dry (for a willow) places. I know one particular plant identified by a local arborist but similar plants I found by creeks might include another native, Sitka willow (S. sitchensis); they are hard to tell apart. I also found ornamental pussy willows, small trees with either erect or weeping branches, probably cultivars of goat willow (S. caprea). Last year, I saw many honey bees on their flowers.
[Weeping pussy willow & Honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs99AosC8gw

•Purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum): a common winter-annual weed with pink-purple, two-lipped tubular flowers, opposite leaves, and square stems. Can be mistaken for henbit (L. amplexicaule).
[Purple dead nettle & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBHARTj9AF8
[Purple deadnettle or henbit?] http://foragedfoodie.blogspot.com/2017/02/identify-deadnettle-and-henbit.html

•Thunberg's spirea or baby’s breath spirea (Spiraea thunbergii): a deciduous ornamental shrub, 3’ - 5’ tall. Tiny, white, 5-petal flowers are emerging along its arching branches.
[Thunberg's spirea & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxnU8AtlK9k

03-14-2018, 07:18 PM
We had two >60F days in the past 7 days and a few drones were flying. ~80% of the pollen species my bees brought back were either cherry or plum; Higan cherries passed their peaks but cherry plums are nearing full bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Azaleas and rhododendrons (Rhododendron): I began to see some flowers here and there, probably those of early blooming cultivars. We have lots of Rhododendron species in the neighborhood, but I do not usually find honey bees on them.
[Azalea & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0lxLfLgrSM

•Grecian windflower (Anemone blanda): a bulb (corm) plant with daisy-like flowers, usually blue or white.
[Grecian windflower & honey bee] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anemone_blanda_white_2010-04-24.jpg

•Green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens): an evergreen weed, 2’-3’ tall, with blue 5-petal flowers and hairy leaves, often found in moist, shady places. Belongs to the borage/forget-me-not family.
[Green alkanet & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIdwUsjHx2U

•Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)
[Hyacinth & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0Q9tlior3E

•Magnolia (Magnolia): white flowers can be seen among furry buds, on small ornamental trees of star magnolia (M. stellata). Many more species and hybrids will follow. I have read that magnolia flowers produce lots of pollen and attract beetles, their major pollinators, with fragrant secretion but do not produce nectar.
[Magnolia & honey bee] http://bees.msu.edu/magnolia/

•Poplar (Populus): black cottonwood (P. trichocarpa) is one of the most common and the tallest deciduous trees of the Pacific Northwest. I saw a few trees with fully open catkins. We also have quaking aspen (P. tremuloides, native or planted), white poplar (P. alba, feral), and Lombardy poplar (P. nigra, planted in a row) in the neighborhood. They are all ‘dioecious’, with male and female catkins on separate trees. Honey bees may collect poplar pollen or honeydew if other preferred food sources are not available (not likely in my location). The buds produce propolis. Unrelated tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) will bloom later.
[White poplar & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/populus-alba_apis-mellifera

•Siberian squill (Scilla siberica): a small bulb plant, looking like a modest hyacinth.
[Siberian squill & honey bee, at 2:14] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uRdGpZx8es&t=150s

03-14-2018, 07:22 PM
Cherry blossoms you say? We just had a blizzard:(

03-14-2018, 07:40 PM
Yup, this is my Higan (winter) cherry that bloomed early February, now starting to fade. It is only ~20 ft from my hives and my bees worked on it when it was still pretty cold.

Actually I wish we had more snow; our short ski season is almost over.

03-21-2018, 07:39 PM
A few native plants and several ornamental shrubs/trees began to bloom during the past 7 days. My bees continued to bring in mostly cherry/plum pollen; cherry plums came to their peaks and hybrid dwarf weeping cherries are now in bloom in my neighborhood. The bees also got some other pollen species which I thought were red maple, camellia, Oregon grape, dandelion, and etc, based on the color, size, shape, and availability.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Boxwood (Buxus): common boxwood (B. sempervirens), little leaf box (B. microphylla) and their hybrids are commonly used as evergreen hedge plants. They have small creamy yellow flowers and shiny, oppositely arranged leaves.
[Boxwood & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdyb-CgrFhM

•Flowering pear or Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana): a narrow, columnar street tree, probably ‘Capital’ or a similar cultivar. White, five-petal flowers and green leaves are emerging. Common pear (Pyrus communis) will bloom later. Pears and apples have several styles (the stalk structure of female flower parts) in each flower, while cherries and plums have just one in each.
[‘Bradford’ flowering pear & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qbE6N8tXKY

•Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa): a small bulb plant with bluish, upward facing, six-petaled flowers.
[Glory-of-the-snow & honey bee, at 0:40] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uRdGpZx8es&t=50s

•Mustard green (Brassica juncea): my overwintered plants are blooming. Overwintered kale and collard (varieties of B. oleracea) will bloom soon. They will attract honey bees until the big-leaf maple flow.
[Mustard green & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdoXPF8iMFc

•Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): now I can see its blue flowers here and there but a few could always be found throughout winter.
[Rosemary & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smSmJuDXX0A

•Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis): a native deciduous shrub, several feet tall, with woody stems covered with fine prickles. Pink, five petal flowers are emerging, which are followed by salmon-colored raspberry-like fruits.
[Salmon berry & honey bee] https://honeybeesuite.com/native-bee-forage-salmonberry/

•Speedwell (Veronica): creeping speedwell (V. filiformis) is a small perennial weed with four-lobed blue flowers and roundish leaves. Many other Veronica species, annuals and perennials, from small weeds to showy garden plants will bloom until fall.
[Speedwell & honey bee] https://sticktoplanbee.com/tag/veronica-persica/

•Tea olive or sweet osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans): an ornamental shrub with evergreen leaves oppositely arranged. Small, white, four-lobed flowers are very fragrant.
[Tea olive & honey bee] https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/osmanthus_fragrans.htm

•Weeping willow (Salix spp.): a common ornamental tree with gray-black bark and weeping branches. Probably S. babylonica or its hybrid.
[Weeping willow and honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPDU4LEuGsw

•Western skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus): a native bog plant with a flower stalk surrounded by a showy yellow bract.
[Western skunk cabbage & honey bee] https://honeybeesuite.com/honey-whats-that-smell/

03-28-2018, 05:26 PM
Norway maples started to bloom. I expect to find the first big-leaf maple flower in a week or so. During the past 7 days, it rained often and even snowed a few times. My bees brought back small amount of pollen from cherry/plum, willow, Oregon grape and dandelion.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Barberry (Berberis): wintergreen barberry (B. julianae) is one of evergreen barberries with yellow flowers, thorny branches, and spiny leaves oppositely arranged. Warty barberry (B. verruculosa, evergreen) and red barberry (B. thunbergii, deciduous) will bloom later. They are common hedge plants.
[Wintergreen barberry & honey bee] https://www.die-honigmacher.de/kurs2/pflanze_19.html

•Norway maple (Acer platanoides): a medium to large sized tree, often planted along large streets. Some escapes are also found in my neighborhood. Clusters of green-yellow flowers are more upright compared with those of big-leaf maples and sugar maples.
[Norway maple & honey bee, the 10 th image labeled as “Biene auf Spitzahorn”] http://www.imkerei-zocher.de/bienenweide/

04-04-2018, 12:54 PM
Yesterday I found big-leaf maple flowers on a few (out of numerous) trees . It will be another week or so before the majority start to bloom. Norway maples, except some cultivars, are now seriously blooming. We just need more sunshine. Popular pollen species in the past week were willow, cherry/plum, Oregon grape/barberry, and camellia.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Big-leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum): one of the most common deciduous trees of the Pacific Northwest, the largest of all maple species, and our first major nectar source of the season (weather permitting).
[Big-leaf maple & honey bee] https://www.ecobeneficial.com/2013/03/critical-early-trees-and-shrubs-for-bees/

•Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum): an evergreen native shrub with clusters of small urn-shaped flowers. Its small leaves may look like boxwood’s but are alternately arranged. Often used in landscaping. I have seen a few flowers since late February.
[About huckleberries and honey bees] http://www.beeculture.com/huckleberries-vaccinium/

•Kerria (Kerria japonica): a deciduous ornamental shrub with spreading stems and five-petal yellow flowers. Double flower varieties may not attract bees.
[Kerria and honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EACFEteSurY

•Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius): a wooly shrub, 3’-5’ tall, with bright yellow flowers which later develop to pea pods. Often seen along freeways.
[Scotch broom & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XsPySG2vJk

•Trillium (Trillium): probably Western trillium (T. ovatum), a common wildflower with 3-petal white flowers.
[Trillium & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipdM7vPL7zM

•Tulip (Tulipa)
[Tulip & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEfjIu7KDAc

04-11-2018, 04:40 PM
About half of big-leaf maple trees started to bloom. It rained often in the past week and my bees brought back pollen from cherry, maple, camellia, and willow when they could.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Cherry laurel or English laurel (Prunus laurocerasus): a sturdy evergreen hedge plant with large, glossy, alternate leaves and showy upright clusters of small, white and fragrant flowers. Highly invasive and often found in woodlands as a single trunk tree or a multi-stemmed shrub. Another common cherry laurel, Portuguese laurel (P. lusitanica) will bloom later.
[Cherry laurel & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/prunus-laurocerasus_apis-mellifera-2

•Common plum or European plum (Prunus domestica aka Prunus x domestica): white, five-petal flowers bloom when leaves start to emerge. Mine is an unknown variety that produces dark purple fruits. Although fruiting plums are not uncommon, the majority of plum trees in my residential neighborhood are ornamental varieties (P. cerasifera and etc.), which finished blooming while ago.
[Plum & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChAO7cKZsPM

•Forget-me-not (Myosotis): a common weed with small blue flowers, often found in moist, shady places. Each flower has a conspicuous yellow eye.
[Forget-me-not & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZES28yfEqvo

•Serviceberry or shadbush (Amelanchier): a deciduous shrub or a small tree, with white five-petal flowers. Saskatoon serviceberry (A. alnifolia) is our native species, but I think the majority planted in my neighborhood are some garden hybrids.
[Serviceberry & honey bee] http://www.ourhabitatgarden.org/creatures/bees-food-spring.html

•Sour cherry or tart cherry (Prunus cerasus): white, five-petal flowers bloom when leaves start to emerge. Each flower petal has a notch at the tip and the bark shows horizontal lines. Similar looking feral plants are also found. Although sour cherry trees are not uncommon (some of those I found may be sweet cherry, P. avium), the majority of cherry trees planted in my neighborhood are ornamental varieties (P. serrulata and etc.), many of which already bloomed.
[Sour cherry & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibQxtgswLZY

•Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) a weedy bulb plant with blue (sometimes pink or white) bell-shaped flowers on upright stems.
[Spanish bluebell & honey bee] http://uckfieldwildlife.blogspot.com/2017/04/churchyard-plant-survey-end-of-april.html

•Sugar maple (Acer saccharum): not native here but sometimes planted along streets. In my neighborhood it is much less common than other street maple trees, such as red and Norway.
[Sugar maple & honey bee?] https://dghaskell.com/2015/04/16/nectar-in-sugar-maple-flowers/

04-18-2018, 05:29 PM
Big-leaf maple trees are blooming everywhere. My bees are finally getting decent foraging hours after a week of rainy and chilly weather (top pollens; maple, cherry/plum, dandelion). Orchard mason bees are hatching.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Bittercress, yellow rocketcress, or winter rocket (Barbarea): related to mustards, 1’-2’ tall, with yellow, 4-petal flowers. The leaves may taste like watercress.
[Bittercress & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz5F3F5ylRE

•California lilac, blue blossom or ceanothus (Ceanothus spp.): probably C. thyrsiflorus (native to Oregon and California coast), or a similar cultivar, with bright blue flowers and dark green, evergreen leaves. Not related to lilacs (Syringa).
[Ceanothus & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPGBtQXUjj4

•Crabapple (Malus spp.): crabapples are apple species other than the orchard apple (M. pumila, blooming soon). Pacific crabapple (M. fusca) with white flowers is our native species but those I found in my neighborhood are ornamental varieties, mostly with pink flowers.
[Crabapple & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jxrt2AroYV4

•Japanese maple (Acer palmatum): one of the most common ornamental trees in my neighborhood. Many cultivars are dwarf.
[Japanese maple & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMaw4vAD8Lc

•Mexican orange (Choisya ternata): an evergreen hedge plant with glossy, aromatic, compound leaves with three leaflets. Clusters of white, star-shaped flowers with 5-7 petals are showing. Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl' has compound leaves with five narrow leaflets.
[Mexican orange & honey bee] http://melbournedaily.blogspot.com/2016/06/melbourne-street-trees-149-choisya.html

•Pacific madrona (Arbutus menziesii): a native evergreen tree with showy orange-red bark and clusters of small, white, urn-shaped flowers.
[Pollinators on madrone flowers. I could not find photos/videos with honey bees]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHvapNExMho

•Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa): a native, deciduous shrub or a small tree, found in moist places, with upright clusters of small white flowers and ash-like compound leaves. Can be confused with mountain-ash/rowan.
[Red elder & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/terme/sambucus-racemosa-0
[Elder or rowan?] https://lovelygreens.com/elderflower-vanilla-jelly-recipe/

•Red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium): a native, deciduous shrub found in woodlands. Greenish or pinkish urn-shaped flowers and small alternate leaves are showing on green branches.
[Huckleberries & honey bee] http://www.beeculture.com/huckleberries-vaccinium/

•Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa)
[Strawberry & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGw-Ely45Ak

•Vine maple (Acer circinatum): a native maple, often found in the understory of forests as a large shrub or a small tree. In my neighborhood, it is also planted as ornamental.
[Vine maple & honey bee] https://honeybeesuite.com/honey-bee-forage-vine-maple/

04-25-2018, 04:10 PM
It was mostly sunny during the past seven days and the bees started to put some nectar in honey supers. Big-leaf maple and sour/feral cherry trees came to and probably passed their peaks. Crabapples are in full bloom and apples are close behind. Vine maples are flowering everywhere.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Apple (Malus pumila)
[Apple & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFQQ8tMoCe4

•Bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata): a native cherry shrub/tree with flat-topped clusters of 5 - 12 white or pinkish flowers. The bark is reddish brown with horizontal lines.
[Bitter cherry & honey bee] http://science.halleyhosting.com/nature/gorge/5petal/rose/prunus/bitter.htm

•Blueberry: probably a cultivar of northern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum).
[Blueberry & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECaYUuqoIBM

•Dwarf flowering almond or Chinese bush cherry (Prunus glandulosa): an ornamental deciduous shrub, several feet tall, with pink flowers.
[Dwarf flowering almond & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNUd25r0em8

•Lilac (Syringa): common lilac (S. vulgaris), several other species and their hybrids are commonly grown as ornamentals. Most of them are large, upright, multi-stemmed shrubs with showy conical clusters of fragrant, 4-lobed flowers.
[Lilac & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQHyC5dpTLg

•Pacific willow (Salix lasiandra, aka Salix lucida var. lasiandra): a native willow, often found on lake shores. It is a large shrub or a small to medium sized tree, with lance-shaped, shiny leaves. Its yellow catkins were very popular with honey bees last May, around the end of the maple flow (I could not capture honey bees in the photo below because they were all on higher branches).

•Redbud (Cercis): a small tree belonging to the pea/bean family, not native here but grown as ornamental. Deep pink flowers are emerging on bare twigs.
[Redbud & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDQEyOYMg-0

04-29-2018, 06:21 PM
Many plants started to bloom in the past several days. Bitter cherry and vine maple came to full bloom. The bees are building new combs and many drones are flying.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Cascara buckthorn or cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana): a native shrub or a small tree, with deciduous, alternate, oval, glossy green leaves with prominent veins. Its five-petal flowers are small, greenish-yellow in umbrella-shaped clusters, and were very popular with honey bees last year.
[Cascara and honey bee] https://honeybeesuite.com/mini-cascara-flowers-are-now-in-bloom/

•Burning bush (Euonymus alatus): a deciduous ornamental shrub, with oppositely arranged leaves that turn bright red in fall. Its four-petal flowers are inconspicuous and short-lived, but I saw some honey bees on them last year.
[Burning bush & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_53G_2zLYPQ

•English hawthorn or common hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata): an ornamental tree with thorns, small lobed leaves, and clusters of 5 petal flowers which may be white, pink, or red. Last year it was very popular with honey bees after the big-leaf maple bloom. Other hawthorn species, such as black hawthorn (C. douglasii, native) and Washington hawthorn (C. phaenopyrum, native to the Eastern US) will bloom later.
[Hawthorn & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ndh7i68LQ0

•English holly (Ilex aquifolium): a highly invasive evergreen shrub/tree, with shiny, spiny leaves alternately arranged. The similar looking native plant, Oregon grape, has opposite leaves.
[A honey bees on a female plant] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D8XPcrsmIM
[A honey bee on a male plant (the 2 nd pic)] http://abugblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/tree-bees-1-holly.html

•European mountain-ash or rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia): a small tree with ash-like compound leaves and flat-topped clusters of white, 5-petal flowers. Many escapes are found in my neighborhood. I have not found our native rowans (S. scopulina and S. sitchensis) which are probably more common at higher elevations.
[Mountain ash & honey bee (the 2 nd photo)] https://blueberrytalk.wordpress.com/category/mountain-ash/

•Golden chain tree (Laburnum anagyroides or its hybrid): a small ornamental tree with trifoliate leaves and hanging clusters of showy yellow flowers which later develop to poisonous pea pods.
[Golden chain tree & honey bee] http://beespoke.info/2016/06/02/bee-flowers-june/

•Hoary cress or white top (Lepidium draba): a perennial weed with flat-topped clusters of small, white, four-petal flowers.
[Hoary cress & honey bee] http://plants-of-styria.uni-graz.at/images/cardaria-draba.html

•Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum): a medium to large tree with white flowers in upright panicles and palmately compound leaves with seven leaflets. Many escapes are found in my neighborhood.
[Horse-chestnut & honey bee] https://www.flickr.com/photos/bienenwabe/13983618827

•Oak (Quercus): red oak and pin oak planted along streets seem to be in bloom. A few other species including the native Oregon white oak (Q. garryana) will bloom soon. Honey bees may collect pollen or honeydew from oak trees if other preferred food sources are not available.
[A honey bee collecting honeydew from an oak leaf] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYswpgljY_w

•Pacific blackberry, dewberry, or trailing blackberry (Rubus ursinus): the native blackberry. Compared with Himalayan blackberry (R. armeniacus, our major nectar source, I expect to find the first flower in a few weeks), the shrub is lower and smaller, the flower has narrower petals, and each compound leaf has three leaflets (Himalayan has three or five).
[A honey bee on Pacific blackberry, the 2nd photo]. http://nativefoodsnursery.com/berries/pacific-blackberry/

•Red osier dogwood, red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea): A native shrub with red or yellow barks, opposite leaves, and flat-topped clusters of small, white, four-petal flowers. Often found in wetlands. Last year, I occasionally found honey bees when it bloomed again in summer. The photo was taken on 8/3/17.
•Vetch (Vicia spp.): a sprawling or climbing weed with pinnately compound leaves ending in tendrils. Flowers are white, pink, or purple and on one-sided spikes.
[Vetch & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngEFnqPogXo

05-06-2018, 06:03 PM
Bees had another nice week of foraging. Pacific willows came to full bloom. Big-leaf maple flowers are dropping but I still find their pollen chunks in my hives.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Bay laurel or sweet bay (Laurus nobilis): an evergreen ornamental shrub or a small tree, showing yellow-green flowers beside aromatic leaves.
[Bay laurel & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/laurus-nobilis_apis-mellifera-0

•California poppy (Eschscholzia californica): a common wildflower with orange-yellow, 4-petal flowers.
[California poppy & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-

•Chive (Allium schoenoprasum)
[Chive & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAcD-vH7Fzw

•Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster sp.): rock cotoneaster (C. horizontalis) or a similar species, a low, spreading shrub with small alternate leaves and small 5-petal white flowers. Last year, it was not as popular as other bush/tree type cotoneaster species that bloom later.
[C. horizontalis & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/cotoneaster-horizontalis_apis-mellifera

•English or narrow-leaf plantain (Plantago lanceolata): broadleaf plantain (P. major) will bloom later. Both are common weeds.
[Plantain & honey bee] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apis_on_plantago_IMG02839.jpg

•Lavender (Lavandula): last year, some lavender shrubs were still in bloom in early December.
[Spanish lavender & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZXcksB-Iks

•Photinia (Photinia): a common hedge plant, sometimes a small tree, with clusters of 5-petal white flowers and alternate leaves, evergreen or semi-evergreen. Young leaves are reddish, which are especially showy with ‘Red-tip’ photinia, Photinia × fraseri.
[Photinia & honey bee] https://beemaster.com/forum/index.php?topic=15623.0

•Pine (Pinus): a few days ago I was a little surprised to find a few chunks of pine/spruce pollen on the hive bottom (creamy yellow, with a unique look under microscope). I looked around and several species of pine trees seemed to be in bloom. I did not think bees would be interested in conifers.

•Raspberry (Rubus spp.)
[Raspberry & honey bee, at 0:15] https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y2xaqxvQUew

•Rugosa rose or rugged rugosa (Rosa rugosa): an imported ‘wild rose’ with dark pink, pink, or white flowers, often used in landscaping. Its pinnately compound leaves are distinctly corrugated compared with other wild roses.
[Rugosa rose & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKdAux6cTDg

•Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus): a native shrub often seen in forest clearings and roadsides. It has white, five-petal flowers, palmately lobed leaves, and no prickles. Related to blackberries.
[A honey bee on thimbleberry, the 6th photo] http://www.queenannebees.com/2013/05/getting-ready-for-blackberry-flow.html

•Wisteria (Wisteria): a common ornamental plant, a woody climbing vine with hanging clusters of purple, pink, or white flowers.
[Wisteria & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQBhowobIXk

05-13-2018, 05:44 PM
Mountain-ash (rowan), holly, and horse-chestnut trees came to (and probably passed) their peaks during the past week, and hawthorn trees are nearing full bloom. Apple and bitter cherry flowers are gone, but I can still find some maple flowers (vine and big-leaf) in shady locations and the bees brought back their pollen. No Himalayan blackberry nor black locust yet.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis): last year it was very popular with honey bees when it bloomed again in July - August (the spring bloom attracted lots of bumbles).
[Asparagus & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILQG9H4QDT4

•Beauty bush (Linnaea amabilis, aka Kolkwitzia amabilis): a large ornamental shrub with arching branches and opposite leaves. Its pink, bell-shaped, five-lobed flowers look like those of weigelas (a dwarf variety of Weigela florida is starting as well), but somewhat hairy around the stems. Mine is very popular with honey bees.
[Beauty bush & honey bee] http://www.colormagicphotography.com/2016/08/beauty-bush-linnaea-amabilis-kolkwitzia.html
[Weigela & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBYCz_oUYa8

•Ornamental onion (Allium spp.)
[Ornamental onion & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axCB6dSi7GU

•Pacific waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes): a 1’ -2’ tall wildflower found in moist places, with clusters of greenish-white flowers with very long purple-colored stamens.
[Pacific waterleaf & honey bee] https://honeybeesuite.com/honey-bee-forage-pacific-waterleaf/

•Rockrose (Cistus): an ornamental shrub with 5-petal flowers like single-flowered roses, white or pink, with or without a dark red spot at the base of each petal. The leaves are evergreen and oppositely arranged.
[Cistus & honey bee (the 3 rd pic)] https://www.pacifichorticulture.org/articles/extensive-green-roofs/

•Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): last year, mine attracted honey bees even during the blackberry bloom.
[Thyme & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d0hygEAo68

•Viburnums (Viburnum spp.): the native viburnum, American cranberry bush (Viburnum opulus var. americanum), started to show clusters of white 5-petal flowers. The genus Viburnum includes many species of ornamental shrubs and their flowers can be found from mid fall to early summer, although some varieties seem to be sterile and do not attract pollinators at all.
[The European variety of V. opulus & honey bee] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_bee_on_a_guelder-rose_inflorescence_1874.jpg

•White clover or Dutch clover (Trifolium repens): one of the few clovers that honey bees like. They do not seem to care for sub clover, black medic or red clover which started earlier.
[Dutch clover & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ2PHZzj0LI

•Wild roses (Rosa spp.): 3’-6’ tall shrubs with pink, five-petal flowers 2”-3” in diameter, pinnately compound leaves and thorns. They may be one(s) of our native roses (Nootka or Wood’s), invasive species (dog or sweetbriar) or similar looking single-flowered rose cultivars. Last year, they attracted lots of honey bees between the maple and blackberry flows.
[Wild rose & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xlNrlUa_rM

05-16-2018, 06:34 PM
Today I found some black locust flowers, ~10 days earlier than last year, ~10 days later than 2016. I expect them to be in full bloom in 10 days or so. I also saw numerous flower buds on Himalayan blackberry bushes but no open flowers (within a few days, I think).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia): native to the southern U.S, it is considered an invasive species here. It is a tree that can reach 100’, with pinnately compound leaves and very showy hanging clusters of white flowers. It starts to bloom about the same time as Himalayan blackberry does but comes to full bloom much earlier and disappears quickly.
[Black locust & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/robinia-pseudoacacia_apis-mellifera

•Cat’s ear or false dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata): its flowers look like those of dandelions, but the stems look longer and somewhat wiry, and the leaves are hairy. I find honey bees on false dandelions much more frequently than on the true dandelions.
[Cat’s ear & honey bee] https://curbstonevalley.com/blog/?p=10214

•Lacy phacelia or blue tansy (Phacelia tanacetifolia): a 3-4’ tall annual plant with coiling clusters of blue-purple, bell-shaped flowers and deeply lobed, lacy-looking leaves.
[Phacelia & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8xc-d9LL3w

•Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus): a large shrub found in moist places, with shredding barks, maple-like leaves, and clusters of small white flowers. The purple leaved cultivar of Eastern ninebark (P. opulifolius ‘Diabolo’) is a fairly common ornamental shrub.
[Ninebark & honey bee] https://hiveminer.com/Tags/physocarpusopulifolius,shrub

•Poppy (Papaver): both common poppy (P. rhoeas) and oriental poppy (P. orientale) began to bloom.
[Poppy & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8c_uOuRJIs

•Salvia (Salvia): mine is probably woodland sage (S. nemorosa or its hybrid), a clump-forming perennial with opposite leaves and spikes of small, tubular, two-lipped blue flowers. Very popular with bumbles and also attract honey bees after the blackberry. Many other salvia varieties, both annuals and perennials, will bloom from now on.
[Salvia & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76SZ1ex9T8o

05-20-2018, 05:52 PM
It has been relatively cool in the past several days and I have not found blackberry flowers. The bees no longer brought back maple pollen, but modest loads of various pollens, including horse-chestnut, holly, and several others.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Buckwheat (Fagopyrum): an annual plant with clusters of white flowers and heart-shaped leaves, often used as a cover-crop. Not related to wheats.
[Buckwheat & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs3qTbHA7Uc

•Crane’s bill or hardy geranium (Geranium spp.): some varieties have already bloomed since late April, but the one I found today was ‘Rozanne’ or a similar variety with blue flowers and attracted lots of honey bees last summer - fall.
[Crane’s bill & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXAD_bkW6uM

•Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea): a biennial or perennial plant commonly seen in disturbed areas, and roadsides, with hairy leaves and tall (3 - 6’) flower stalks. The tubular flowers are often purple (sometimes white, pink or yellow) with many spots inside.
[Foxglove & ‘nectar robbing’ honey bees] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OjqLAlstBg&index=3

•Mock orange (Philadelphus): probably the native, Lewis’ mock-orange (P. lewisii), a shrub 4 - 10’ tall, with long reddish stems and opposite leaves. Its white, 4-petal flowers may look like those of dogwoods. Mine (about to bloom) is a garden variety with semi-double flowers (Philadelphus × virginalis?) and was fairly popular with honey bees last year.
[Mock orange & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/philadelphus_apis-mellifera

•Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria): an ornamental shrub or a small tree with roundish leaves which are often purple. Clusters of numerous small flowers will later (after spent) become fuzzy, smoke-like mass. Related to sumacs.
[Smoke tree & honey bee] http://bees.msu.edu/cotinus/

•Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus): a native shrub, 3’ - 6’ tall, with oppositely arranged, oval or irregularly lobed leaves. Small, bell-shaped, pink flowers are very popular with honey bees and later turn into white berries.
[Snowberry & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/symphoricarpos-albus_apis-mellifera

•Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): a common wildflower with flat-topped cluster of small white flowers (yellow, pink, or red in garden varieties) and fern-like leaves alternately arranged.
[Yarrow & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsY_YwkxEMw

05-23-2018, 08:14 PM
Today I found some flowers of Himalayan blackberry, among countless flower buds. It will probably take ~2 weeks before I find a significant number of flowers. Meanwhile, the majority of black locust trees are now in bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Bachelor's button or cornflower (Centaurea cyanus): a 2’ - 3’ tall garden annual with ~1” flowerheads which may be blue, pink or white. ‘Perennial bachelor’s button’ (aka mountain bluet, C. montana) that started in mid April is lower and spreading, with deep blue, larger flowers. Both are popular with honey bees.
[Bachelor's button & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7evkTFj5OPY

•Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus): one of the major nectar sources in my area, probably #1 in most years. It is a robust, thicket forming, thorny shrub with white (maybe pinkish) 5-petal flowers and compound leaves with five (maybe three on younger stems) leaflets. As one of the worst invasive species, it is systematically being removed from public lands in my neighborhood, but there is plenty left for my bees to forage on.
[Blackberry & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09hi0se3ggs

•Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora): a climbing and rambling shrub with thorns, pinnately compound leaves, and very showy pyramidal clusters of small (.75 to 1.5” across), white (maybe pinkish), 5-petal flowers.
[Multiflora rose & honey bee] http://peacebeefarm.blogspot.com/2009/05/multuflora-rose-in-bloom.html

•Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei): the hardiest palm tree which can be grown in zone 7.
[Palm & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JydG5rjq_tY

05-27-2018, 08:58 PM
Black locust trees came to full bloom. I could not find honey bees on locust flowers (actually I have never seen them on big-leaf maples, either), but my bees have put nectar in empty frames I gave them a week ago. I did find honey bees on flowers of snowberry, sage leaf rockrose, ‘Stars of Persia’ ornamental onion, beauty bush, and thyme.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus): a clover-like plant with yellow flowers, where I often find honey bees in summer.
[Birdsfoot trefoil & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/lotus-corniculatus_apis-mellifera-5

•Cotoneaster: Franchett’s cotoneaster (Cotoneaster franchetii) or a similar species, a medium sized semi-evergreen shrub with alternate leaves and small pink flowers. It was very popular last summer.
[Honey bees on a pink-flowered cotoneaster] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2saSgUGl_Ew

•Escallonia: 'Pink Princess' (Escallonia x exoniensis) or a similar variety, a fairly common evergreen hedge plant with small, oval, glossy green leaves and rosy red flowers which attract honey bees in summer.
[Escallonia & honey bee, the 3rd photo] https://solarbeez.com/tag/erysimum/

•Globe gilia or blue headed gilia (Gilia capitata): a wildflower 1’ - 3’ tall, with lobed leaves and numerous tiny blue flowers in tight balls at stem tips. It is an easy-to-grow annual plant to attract honey bees in summer.
[Globe gilia & honey bee, the 6th and 7th photos] http://www.fallbrooksource.com/gallery/insects/index.html

•Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonicus) a small tree with white, bell-shaped flowers, sometimes planted along residential streets.
[Japanese snowbell & honey bee, the 22th photo] http://www.queenannebees.com/p/bee-plants.html

06-03-2018, 05:51 PM
In the past week, my bees mainly brought back cream-colored pollen which I think came from tulip poplar trees (a few large trees blooming nearby). I saw lots of honey bees on flowers of Japanese snowbell, photinia, and cistus. Today I could still find many black locust flowers on larger trees in part shade locations, and blackberries were at ~ 30% bloom.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Deutzia: a deciduous, multi-stemmed ornamental shrub 4’-6’ high & wide. Probably one of many varieties of Deutzia × hybrida, with bell-shaped, pink flowers.
[Deutzia & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE8rXJgRuMI

•Evergreen euonymus (Euonymus spp.): a spreading shrub with variegated (yellow and green), opposite leaves and small, four-petal flowers. I think it is a cultivar of either Japanese euonymus (E. japonicus) or winter creeper (E. fortunei).
[Honey bees on evergreen euonymus flowers, 5/31/18]

•Morning glory or field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
[Morning glory & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsoB5dfSGjI

•Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica): a cherry laurel, often used as a hedge plant (another common cherry laurel, P. laurocerasus finished blooming while ago). It is an evergreen shrub/tree with alternate leaves and erect clusters of small, white 5-petal flowers.
[Portuguese laurel & honey bee] http://www.florabeilles.org/serie/prunus-lusitanica_apis-mellifera

•Tulip tree, tulip poplar, or yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera): very tall (typically ~100’, may be taller) for a deciduous tree, as tall as the true poplars, but it is a member of the magnolia family. Greenish yellow, tulip-like flowers may be difficult to find from below. Sometimes planted in large yards.
[Tulip tree & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Puh_-raPy2A

•White stonecrop (Sedum album): a creeping, mat-forming plant with small, evergreen succulent leaves. Its tiny, white flowers are very popular with honey bees. Several other sedum ground covers with white, yellow or pink flowers are also in bloom. The larger sedum variety ‘Autumn joy’ will bloom later.
[Honey bees on white sedum flowers, 6/30/17]

06-10-2018, 05:37 PM
Earlier in the past week, the locust bloom ended, tulip poplars came to full bloom, and I began to find more and more honey bees on blackberries. Honey bees were also seen on ornamental plants, such as poppy, black elderberry, escallonia, hawthorn, Japanese euonymus, rockrose, and blue geranium. During the weekend, we had soaking rain with nice sun-breaks. I hope it will be dry and warm for the next few weeks, for a good blackberry flow.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Box-leaved holly (Ilex crenata): an evergreen hedge plant, looking like a boxwood (which already bloomed in mid-spring), but its leaves are alternate and its small flowers are white and 4-lobed.
[Box-leaved holly & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giYB4QZv9qM

•Cutleaf evergreen blackberry (Rubus laciniatus): looks like Himalayan blackberry, except that each of five leaflets is further divided and lobed with toothed margins. It is not very common in my neighborhood, so it may have been in bloom for a while.
[Cutleaf evergreen blackberry with a bumble bee, 6/10/18]

•Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium): an upright perennial 2’-5’ tall, with lance shaped leaves alternately arranged. A long flower stalk is on top of each stem, carrying many 4-petal flowers, pink or red-purple. I heard monofloral fireweed honey can be harvested in mountains/foothills and is quite good.
[Fireweed & honey bee] https://mudsongs.org/honey-bee-friendly-flower-fireweed/

•Loosestrife (Lythrum): probably wand loosestrife (L. virgatum) but it could be purple loosestrife (L. salicaria). It is an upright perennial plant, 2’-4’ tall, with a showy spike of numerous, reddish-purple, 5-7 petal flowers. Its lance-shaped leaves are opposite or in whorls of three.
[Loosestrife & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FyW-DC9EEk

•Mallow or cheese weed (Malva): probably dwarf mallow (M. neglecta), a common lawn weed with kidney-shaped, shallowly lobed leaves. The flower is white or pinkish with red veins and has a notch at the tip of each of five petals.
[Mallow & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqufjzkRHuo

•Ocean spray (Holodiscus discolor): a native deciduous shrub 4’ - 5’ tall, with lobed leaves and cascading clusters of tiny, white, 5-petal flowers. Last summer, I occasionally found honey bees on them.
[A honey bee on a flower cluster of ocean spray, 7/3/17]

•Privet (Ligustrum): several species/varieties are commonly used in garden hedges. They have conical clusters of small, white, 4-petal, stinking flowers and oppositely arranged leaves, deciduous or semi-evergreen. Much more popular with honey bees than another smelly hedge plant, Portuguese laurel (which has 5-petal flowers and alternate leaves).
[Privet & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZZR-U2DECQ

•Washington hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum): an ornamental tree sometimes planted along small streets. It has small lobed leaves and clusters of white, 5-petal flowers. The last hawthorn species to bloom among several in my neighborhood, all of which attracted lots of honey bees.
[Washington hawthorn & honey bee] https://www.pinterest.com/pin/152559506097345286

06-17-2018, 06:19 PM
Yesterday I did not find much progress in honey supers, so it seemed blackberry flow had not really started here. Today the high temperature hit 80F for the first time in a month and will remain so at least for the next several days. I keep my fingers crossed. In the past week, honey bees were often seen on flowers of blackberry, Washington hawthorn, poppy, Japanese euonymus, white sedum, rockrose, and sometimes on Japanese meadowsweet, creeping St. John’s wort, Dutch clover, Portuguese laurel, box-leaved holly, and cotoneaster. The popular pollen species found in my hives were blackberry and tulip polar.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Borage (Borago officinalis): an easy-to-grow annual plant, 2’ - 3’ tall, with drooping, star-shaped, bright blue, 5-petal flowers and hairy leaves.
[Borage & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=970C209DlNs

•Evergreen magnolia or southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora): often found as a small ornamental tree, but it could grow to 60’ - 80’. Large, white, fragrant flowers usually have 6 petals.
[Southern magnolia & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvBuNKLLNHE

•Douglas' spirea, hardhack, or rose spirea (Spiraea douglasii): a native deciduous shrub, 2’ - 6’ tall, with alternate leaves and erect, pointed clusters of numerous rosy-pink flowers. A common ornamental plant, Japanese meadowsweet (S. japonica, in bloom for a while) has roundish or flat-topped clusters of rosy-pink flowers.
[A honey bee on Douglas’ spirea, 7/9/17]
[A honey bee collecting pollen from Japanese meadowsweet, 6/15/18]

•Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia): a bee-friendly hydrangea with pyramidal clusters of white flowers and large, 3-7 lobed, oak-like, dark green leaves. Climbing hydrangea (H. anomala, already bloomed) and panicled hydrangea (H. paniculata, blooming soon) also attract bees, but the majority of common garden hydrangeas (the sterile varieties of H. macrophylla) do not.
[Oakleaf hydrangea & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMan9by4FkQ

06-24-2018, 06:26 PM
It was sunny and very warm earlier in the past week and I could smell honey around the hives. Yesterday, I found a fair progress in honey supers. I suppose it was mostly the blackberry, but honey bees were also seen on other plants, such as sumac and cotoneaster. About 60% of polllen chunks found in my hives during the past week were of the grey colored blackberry.

[A honey bee with grey-colored blackberry pollen, June 2018]

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•American chestnut (Castanea dentata): not native here but there are several large trees in my neighbors’ yards. Tiny, yellow-white male flowers in slender catkins are starting to bloom.
[Chestnut & Asian honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG6GPcGPQa4

•Chicory (Cichorium intybus): a perennial plant 2’-4’ tall, with blue, dandelion-shape flowers attached to the stem without visible stalks. The purple leaved cultivar (radicchio) is a hardy salad vegetable that easily overwinters here. A less hardy salad vegetable, endive (C. endivia), has similar flowers.
[Chicory & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybLvAZwpJl0

•Chinese forget-me-not (Cynoglossum amabile): an easy-to-grow annual plant that keeps blooming until frost. It looks like forget-me-not (Myosotis), but the flowers are just blue (Myosotis flowers have yellow centers) and the seeds are sticky.
[Chinese forget-me-not & honey bee] https://silverfallsseed.com/product/chinese-forget-not-blue/

•Late, milkflower or parney cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus): a large evergreen shrub, 6’ - 12’ tall, with alternate leaves ~1.5” in length and hairy beneath. Clusters of small, white, 5-petal flowers are followed by showy red berries, which often persist throughout winter. One of a few ornamental plants where I often find honey bees during the blackberry bloom.
[A honey bee on late cotoneaster flowers, June 2018]

•Oregano (Origanum vulgare): an easy-to-grow perennial herb, not as invasive as mints (Mentha species/hybrids). Marjoram (O. majorana) also attracts honey bees but it does not overwinter here.
[Oregano & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI63xeSfZlI

•Sumac (Rhus): smooth sumac (R. glabra) or staghorn sumac (R. typhina), a deciduous shrub, 8’-15' tall, with pinnately compound leaves and erect clusters of tiny, greenish flowers. Female plants later produce reddish, pyramidal fruiting clusters. I heard sumac honey tastes quite good.
[Honey bees on sumac flowers, June 2018]

•Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima): a deciduous tree which can grow to 60’-80’ tall. Smaller trees may look like sumacs (both have long pinnately compound leaves and erect clusters of small, greenish flowers), but an Ailanthus leaf has a few ‘teeth’ at the base. I heard Ailanthus nectar produces somewhat stinky honey.

07-01-2018, 06:15 PM
My bees regularly bring back blackberry pollen and there still are many flower buds in shady locations, but I think the flow is over. Throughout the past week, honey bees were seen on a variety of plants, as shown in the photos below. In the past, they would disappear from my flower garden for ~2 weeks during blackberry bloom, but this year they never did.

[6/26 - 6/30/18, Honey bees on flowers of false spirea, ocean spray, poppy, tree of heaven, and wax-leaf privet]

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense): a perennial weed, 3’ -5’ tall, with pink flowerheads and alternate leaves that are lobed and spiny (regional variations exist).
[Thistle & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzcSYTJkfec

•Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus): it becomes very popular in November, after the majority of other flowers are gone.
[Cosmos & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obh5rb0IKiU

•Lady's thumb smartweed or Lady's thumb knotweed (Persicaria maculosa aka Polygonum persicaria): a common weed 1’ - 2’ tall, with stalks of tiny white-pink flowers densely packed. Leaves are alternate, lance-shaped, and often with a dark spot in the middle. Related to much larger Japanese knotweed (one of our major nectar sources), which will bloom later.
[Smartweed & honey bee] http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Smartweed_for_bees/

•Little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata): a fairly common street tree with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant, yellow-green flowers in hanging clusters. There also is a large American linden tree nearby (aka basswood, T. americana, not native here), but I have not seen it in bloom in the past 3 years, which I heard is not unusual.
[Linden & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2YU2OPe49c

•Old man's beard or traveler’s joy (Clematis vitalba): a woody climbing vine often found on roadsides, with loose clusters of greenish white flowers, 3/4” across. The flowers do not have true petals but 4-6 petal-like sepals.
[Old man’s beard & honey bee] https://afrenchgarden.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/the-bees-and-sweet-chestnuts/honey-bee-on-old-mans-beard-clematis-vitalba/

•Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia): a perennial plant 2’-4’ tall, with finely-dissected, gray-green leaves and numerous light blue flowers on branched flower stems.
[Russian sage & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0W3Y-07dtI

07-08-2018, 02:31 PM
Lots of honey bees were seen on linden trees and privet hedges, but the blackberry was still the most poplar pollen species found in my hives.

[7/2 - 7/8, honey bees on flowers of bachelor’s button, birdsfoot trefoil, cranesbill, hardhack, and linden]

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

•Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
[Basil & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9JT1PaacqE

•Corn (Zea mays)
[Corn & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwsqiDxCfk8

•Dahlia: my double flowered dahlias never attracted bees, then somebody at beesource told me it has to be a single-flower variety, so I bought a seed packet and got more than a dozen plants just starting to bloom.
[Dahlia & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjfOj7ZiCmA

•Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum): not native here but sometimes found as a small - medium sized ornamental tree. It has long, alternate, dark-green leaves and lots of small, white, urn-shaped flowers on drooping, one-sided flower stems. I heard monofloral sourwood honey is very flavorful.
[Sourwood & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwYGWv73ylw

•Zucchini and other summer squashes (Cucurbita pepo subsp. pepo):
[Zucchini & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-KZXcAQSAM

07-15-2018, 03:33 PM
Linden and privet faded. Lavender, Russian sage, oregano, and other mint-family members became very popular. Around ponds and creeks, red osier dogwoods started to bloom again and I began to find some Japanese knotweed flowers. My hives swarmed, leaving nectar-filled brood boxes. I suppose the blackberry flow was not so bad, after all.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•7/9 - 7/15/18
[Honey bees on flowers of fireweed, red-osier dogwood, southern magnolia, summer blooming heath, and water parsley]

•New blooms

•Autumn joy stonecrop (Hylotelephium spectabile aka Sedum spectabile): a succulent plant 10” - 20” tall, with flat clusters of tiny pink flowers.
[Autumn joy & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb2TO-00SPA

•Catalpa (Catalpa): not native here but sometimes found as a medium-sized ornamental tree, with showy clusters of white, orchid-like flowers.
[Catalpa & honey bee] http://peacebeefarm.blogspot.com/2011/05/nectaries.html

•Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica aka Polygonum cuspidatum): one of our major nectar sources. It is an extremely invasive perennial plant, up to 12’ tall, with reddish, hollow stems with nodes, large oval leaves, and erect clusters of small, creamy-white flowers. It has a long blooming period and seemed to peak in mid August last year.
[Japanese knotweed & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQBUxXHtdmA

•Sunflower (Helianthus annuus): the common sunflower. Other ornamental Helianthus species are also blooming.
[Sunflower & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C92VP8Zc1Gk

•Trumpet vine or trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans): native to eastern North America, it is a climbing woody vine (up to 35’) with pinnately compound leaves. Flowers are trumpet-shaped, typically orange-red, maybe yellow in some cultivars.
[Trumpet vine & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i39qjsRsHws

07-22-2018, 03:27 PM
In the past week, we had a few >80F days and much cooler days due to onshore flow. My bees brought back off-white pollen that looked like hydrangea, cream-colored southern magnolia, bright orange dandelion/catsear, and etc.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•7/16 - 7/22/18

[Honey bees on hyssop, lavender, mountain fleece, panicle hydrangea, and purple coneflower]

•New blooms

•Goldenrod (Solidago): in my neighborhood, it is mostly found as a garden perennial. I heard that the goldenrod honey smells like wet socks.
[Goldenrod & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkDHpatXRMQ

•Jewelweed or spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis): an annual wildflower 3’ - 5’ tall, often found on stream banks, with orange-yellow, cornucopia-shaped flowers.
[Jewelweed & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0omSxSDKhOA

•Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus): an ornamental shrub (or trained as a small tree), 8’ - 12’ tall, with 3-lobed leaves. It has showy 5-petal flowers 2”-3″ in diameter, which look like those of hollyhocks (Alcea species, tall perennial plants, in bloom for a while).
[Rose of Sharon & honey bee] http://www.homesweetbees.com/bee-plants/2016/8/7/bee-in-double-rose-of-sharon-bush

07-29-2018, 05:09 PM
Throughout the week, it was sunny and the high temps were above 80F. Honey bees were seen on ~40 different plants, including 10 feral/wild flowers (blackberry, cat’s ear, Dutch clover, fireweed, jewelweed, red-osier dogwood, smartweed, snowberry, thistle, and water parsley).

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•7/23 - 7/29/18

[Honey bees on dill, radish, rugosa rose, smartweed, and snowberry]

•New blooms

•Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis): an ornamental shrub (or a perennial in colder regions) with silvery-green, oppositely arranged leaves and clusters of small blue flowers along the stem. Attracts honey bees in mid summer - fall.
[Blue beard & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKHp0qjkg80

•Garlic chive (Allium tuberosum): a clump-forming kitchen herb, with chive-like leaves that smell like garlic. Its tiny, star-shaped, white flowers attract honey bees in mid summer - fall.
[Garlic chive & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPHx63hFJsM

•Mimosa or silk tree (Albizia julibrissin): a small - medium sized ornamental tree, with pinnately compound leaves and pink, fluffy flowers.
[Mimosa & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zftCQA4O2g8

•Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides): a large ornamental shrub or a small tree, with clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers.
[Seven-son & honey bee] http://www.beetography.com/keyword/apis%20mellifera/53737622_2qTkS2p.html

08-05-2018, 05:51 PM
Honey bees were seen on a variety of plants, including ones they usually ignore (like tomato). In my hives, I mainly found pollens from southern magnolia and dandelion/cat’s ear.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•7/30 - 8/5/18

[Honey bees on basil, chicory, coreopsis, St. John’s wort, and tomato (uncommon)]

•New blooms

•California aster or Pacific aster (Symphyotrichum chilense): a perennial wildflower, 1’ - 4’ tall, often found in wetlands. The ray flowers (petal-like outer part of the aster flower) are usually violet and the disk flowers (centers) are yellowish. Leaves are lance-shaped, stalkless, and alternately arranged.
[Aster & honey bee] http://ucanr.edu/blogs/thebeegardener/index.cfm?tagname=aster

•Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus): an ornamental shrub (10’ -15' tall) with palmately compound leaves with 5-7 lance-shaped leaflets and clusters of small, blue-purple flowers.
[Chaste tree & honey bee] https://rockbridgetrees.com/2017/06/vitex/

•Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus): a garden perennial with daylily-like leaves and clusters of blue flowers at the tips of stems.
[Lily of the Nile & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Wgf_tI0ag

08-10-2018, 03:57 PM
I began to find many honey bees on Japanese knotweed flowers and dark-colored nectar in my hives. Leaf-cutter bees are working hard.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•8/6 - 8/10/18

[Honey bees on ‘autumn joy’ stonecrop, heather, mouse garlic, northern willowherb (uncommon), and orange coneflower]

•New blooms

•China aster (Callistephus chinensis): an annual aster I sow in spring for late summer bloom, 2’ - 3’ tall, with relatively large (~3” in diameter) flower heads. The ray flowers may be pink, red, blue, purple or white, and the disc flowers are yellow.
[China aster & honey bee] http://www.beetography.com/Honey-Bees/1-Western-Honey-Bees/520802_4GWJCz/53739016_MZeuD.html

•Maackia (Maackia chinensis): a small - medium sized ornamental tree, a member of the pea family, with pinnately compound leaves and numerous, erect, spike-like clusters of off-white flowers. During the past week, my bees brought in locust-looking pollen (the black locust also belongs to the pea family but its flowers are long gone), and I was wondering about the source. Today I found a fairly large tree ~800 ft from my hives, a bit past full bloom but still covered by lots of flying insects.
[Bee-friendly trees in the pea family] https://www.beeculture.com/some-outstanding-leguminous-bee-trees/

08-19-2018, 06:17 PM
The Japanese knotweed came to full bloom in sunny locations.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•8/11 - 8/19/18

[Honey bees on borage, Chinese forget-me-not, garlic chive, Japanese knotweed, and oregano]

•New blooms

•Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica or its hybrid): a small ornamental tree with smooth, mottled, cinnamon-brown barks and clusters of showy flowers, which may be white, pink, red, or purple.
[Crape myrtle & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J74_Ff0aYM

•Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata): an annual plant native to the Eastern US, with pinnately compound leaves, yellow flowers, and nectar-producing glands on the leaf stems.
[Partridge pea & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFDEsAAbp54

08-26-2018, 03:23 PM
Lots of honey bees were seen on Japanese knotweed flowers, but they could also be found on a variety of garden plants.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•8/20 - 8/26/18

[Honey bees on aster, chaste tree, glossy abelia, Japanese anemone, and red yucca]

•New blooms

•Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale or similar species)
[Colchicum & honey bee] http://www.amateuranthecologist.com/2016/10/colchicum.html

•Hardy cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium): much smaller than the florist’s cyclamen, with stalks of white-pink flowers. Another hardy cyclamen, C. coum, will bloom in January.
[Cyclamen & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTsWC_fKgyk

09-02-2018, 08:26 PM
Popular wild/feral flowers in my neighborhood were Japanese knotweed, cat’s ear (aka false dandelion), jewelweed, Dutch clover, and ‘old man’s beard’ clematis. Honey bees were also found on aster, bindweed (aka morning glory), birdsfoot trefoil, blackberry (yes, there still are some), dandelion, fireweed, Himalayan balsam, St John’s wort, and thistle.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•8/27 - 9/2/18

[Honey bees on bindweed (uncommon), cat’s ear, dandelion, Himalayan balsam, and old man’s beard]

•No new bloom……

09-09-2018, 05:57 PM
The major pollen species found in my hives were jewelweed, knotweed, dandelion/cat’s ear, and fuchsia. I also found evening primrose, coneflower/coreopsis, daylily-like, rose-like, and a few unknowns.

[Honey bees on China aster, dahlia, partridge pea, purple beautyberry, and zucchini]

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•9/3 - 9/9/18

•New bloom

•Perilla or shiso (Perilla frutescens var. crispa): an annual herb of the mint family, used in Japanese cuisine, 2’ - 3’ tall, with oppositely arranged, aromatic leaves (green or red) and nettle-like white flowers.
[Perilla & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VycA0oXYCV0

09-16-2018, 06:38 PM
I began to find some ivy flowers (among countless flower buds) in sunny locations and the orange-yellow ivy pollen in my hives. The final flow of the season will start probably in a few weeks.

[Honey bees on jewelweed, fuchsia, pansy (uncommon), scarlet runner bean (uncommon), and silverberry]

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•9/10 - 9/16/18

•New blooms

•Chinese elm or lacebark elm (Ulmus parvifolia): I found a dozen trees planted along a street in Seattle, showing tiny, greenish-white flowers. Other elm species in my neighborhood (American and English) bloom in spring.
[Chinese elm & honey bee, the 11- 14th photos from the top] https://ameblo.jp/kawasemi2030/entry-12308863192.html

•Ivy (Hedera): one of our major nectar sources, an evergreen climbing/creeping plant with umbrella-like clusters of greenish-white flowers. The majority of feral plants in my neighborhood seem to be English (H. helix) but Irish/Atlantic (H. hibernica, with larger leaves) is also listed as an invasive plant in our state.

•Silverberry or thorny olive ([I]Elaeagnus pungens): an evergreen ornamental shrub with thorns, alternately arranged leaves, and fragrant, tubular flowers. Elaeagnus x ebbingei with variegated (green and yellow) leaves is a fairly common hedge plant.
[Silverberry & honey bee, the 3rd photo from the bottom] http://www.honeybees-by-the-sea.com/photo1.htm

09-23-2018, 04:42 PM
Honey bees were seen mostly on ivy, jewelweed, cat’s ear and knotweed, but they also foraged on a variety of garden plants, including spring-bloomers with sporadic fall flowers.

[Honey bees on blanket flower, escallonia, Japanese meadowsweet (fall bloom), perilla, and purple toadflax]

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•9/17 - 9/23/18

•New bloom

•Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo): An evergreen ornamental shrub or a small tree, often used as a hedge plant. I began to find small, white, urn-shaped flowers in sunny locations, along with much larger (~3/4” in diameter) strawberry-red fruits from last year’s flowers. Last year, it came to full bloom in late October - early November and the flowers persisted until mid January.
[Strawberry tree & honey bee] http://www.mieleamaro.it

09-30-2018, 04:02 PM
Finding honey bees at eye level became somewhat difficult. They must be high up on ivy flowers.

[Honey bees on crape myrtle, English ivy, and Himalayan honeysuckle]

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•9/24 - 9/30/18

•New bloom

•Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): an evergreen ornamental shrub with aromatic, needle-like leaves and small blue flowers. It keeps flowering throughout fall - winter and comes to full bloom in spring (I may be seeing several varieties with different blooming times).
[Rosemary & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcFMemrXA2s

10-07-2018, 06:03 PM
I could smell honey around my hives. The bees began to bring back big chunks of pollen, the vast majority from the ivy.

[Honey bees on baby sage (?), cosmos, and sweet alyssum (uncommon)]

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•10/1 - 10/7/18

•New bloom

•Sasanqua camellia (Camellia sasanqua): an evergreen ornamental shrub, similar, but typically smaller than the common camellia (C. japonica), which blooms later.
[Sasanqua & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0am8Fj70X8c

10-14-2018, 05:06 PM
My bees continued to bring in large loads of the orange-yellow ivy pollen. I walked by a tall garden fence covered with English ivy in full bloom, and saw numerous bees, wasps and flies.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•10/8 - 10/14/18

[Honey bees on garden asters, nasturtium, and rosemary]

•New bloom

•Sunchoke or Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus): a perennial sunflower native to eastern North America. I plant some for their edible roots.
[Sunchoke & honey bee] http://peacebeefarm.blogspot.com/2009/11/composite-family.html

10-21-2018, 05:33 PM
We had beautiful autumn days throughout the past week. Honey bees continued to work on the ivy, although the amount of pollen they brought back seemed to be decreasing.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•10/15 - 10/21/18

[A honey bee on echinops (fall bloom)]

•New blooms

•Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) : an ornamental shrub with evergreen, oppositely arranged leaves and clusters of small, white (or pinkish), 5-petal flowers. It continues to flower throughout winter and comes to full bloom in spring.
[Laurustinus & honey bee, the 6th photo from the top] http://honey-oak.blogspot.com/2014/02/honey-bees-on-viburnum-tinus-crocus.html

•Winter heath (Erica carnea): a low-growing, evergreen ornamental shrub with needle-like leaves and pink (sometimes white or red), urn-shaped flowers. It continues to flower throughout winter and comes to full-bloom in spring.
[Winter heath & honey bee, at 2:00 of this video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MOvD8-tU9E

10-28-2018, 04:55 PM
In the past week, we often had fog, clouds, showers, or rain, but my bees brought back quite a few ivy pollen during sun breaks.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•10/22 - 10/28/18

[A honey bee on sasanqua camellia]

•New blooms

•Cedar (Cedrus): I noticed lots of pollen cones dropped on the sidewalk under a cedar tree. I think it was atlas cedar (C. atlantica), a fairly common ornamental conifer, and one of ‘true’ cedars (not ‘false’ cedars such as red cedars). Pollens from conifer trees have low protein amount and bees usually ignore them when other species are abundant; I did find cedar pollen in my hives earlier (about 2% of specimen collected in September), but not after the ivy flow started.

•Japanese aralia or paperplant (Fatsia japonica): a large evergreen ornamental shrub with ivy-like flowers and large, glossy, dark-green leaves which are palmately lobed (7 - 9 lobes).
[Japanese aralia and pollinators] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr1sYD05Er4

•Witch-hazel (Hamamelis): a deciduous ornamental shrub or a small tree, with yellowish, spidery flowers, which may be difficult to find until all those yellowing leaves fall off. Probably fall-blooming American witch-hazel (H. virginiana, not native here). There also are winter-blooming species (Ozark, Chinese, Japanese and etc, some with reddish flowers) and witch-hazel flowers can be found in my neighborhood until mid March.
[Witch-hazel & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYPwrz8f8vw

11-04-2018, 03:04 PM
We had another cloudy-rainy week, but daytime temperatures were mostly in mid-upper 50’s and the bees were able to bring back some ivy pollen.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•10/29 - 11/4/18

[A honey bee on Mexican orange (fall bloom)]

•New bloom

•Hybrid mahonia (Mahonia x media aka Berberis x media): a medium to large ornamental shrub with stalks of yellow flowers and evergreen, holly-like leaves. There seem to be several varieties with different blooming times and their flowers can be found in my neighbors’ gardens throughout winter. The native mahonia (Oregon grape, M. aquifolium) starts blooming in late winter.
[Mahonia and pollinators] http://urbanpollinators.blogspot.com/2013/01/mahonia-magnificent-magnet-for-winter.html

11-11-2018, 04:09 PM
I could still find English ivy flowers, but foraging hours were short and my bees brought back less than 1/10 pollen compared with a month ago.

•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•11/5 - 11/11/18

[A honey bee on calendula (pot marigold)]

•New bloom

•Fragrant viburnum (Viburnum farreri), or its hybrid such as ‘Dawn’ (Viburnum × bodnantense): a deciduous ornamental shrub, showing clusters of small, tubular, fragrant, pink flowers on bare twigs.
[‘Dawn’ viburnum & honey bee] https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6675071457