The bees worked on the ivy whenever it was dry and warm enough. We had a few frosty mornings and tender annuals are pretty much done.
•Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
•10/7 - 10/13/19
[Honey bees on heath aster, English ivy, and dandelion]
•Hybrid mahonia (Berberis x hortensis, aka Mahonia x media): a medium to large ornamental shrub with stalks of yellow flowers and evergreen, spiky leaves. There are several varieties with different blooming times, so their flowers can usually be found throughout winter (unless it gets too cold like last February). The native mahonia (Oregon grape, Berberis aquifolium aka Mahonia aquifolium) will start in late winter. The genus name ‘Mahonia’ was replaced with ‘Berberis’, but Berberis x media refers to a different plant, thus Mahonia x media became Berberis x hortensis.
[Mahonia & honey bee, January 2019]
•Winter heath (Erica carnea): an evergreen ornamental shrub with needle-like leaves and pink (maybe white or red), urn-shaped flowers. It continues to flower throughout winter unless it gets too cold, and comes to full-bloom in early spring.
[Winter heath & honey bee, January 2019]
Zone 8, elevation 70 ft, near the north end of Lake Washington