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  1. #81
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    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
    •7/10/16
    •Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
    •Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

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  3. #82
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    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
    •7/17/16
    •Corn (Zea mays)
    •Garlic chive (Allium tuberosum)
    •Sunflower (Helianthus)
    •Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo var. cylindrica)

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    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
    •7/24/16
    •Cosmos 'Sensation Mix' (Cosmos bipinnatus)
    •Cucumber (Cucumis sativus)
    •Dahlia
    •Hop (Humulus lupulus)
    •Silk tree or Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

  5. #84
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    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
    •7/31/16
    •Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
    •Primrose (Primula vulgaris); flowers may overwinter

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    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
    •8/7/16
    •Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
    •Italian sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum)

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    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
    •8/14/16
    •Aster (Symphyotrichum)
    •Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
    •Ladysthumb or smartweed (Polygonum)
    •Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)
    •Radish (Raphanus sativus)

  8. #87
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    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
    8/13/16
    Daisy
    Queen Annes Lace (Daucus Carota) few bees
    Tansy (Tanacetum Vulgare) more bees
    Fireweed (Chamerion Angustifolium) lots of bees






  9. #88
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    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
    •8/21/16
    •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)

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    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
    •8/28/16
    •Borage (Borago officinalis); fall bloom on plants grown from self-sown seeds of the spring crop.

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    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
    •9/3/16
    •Shiso or Perilla (Perilla frutescens var. crispa)

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    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
    •9/11/16
    •Cyclamen coum

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    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
    •9/18/16
    •Pea (Pisum sativum); a fall crop

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    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
    •9/25/16
    •Amaranth
    •English ivy (Hedera helix)

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    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
    •10/2/16
    •Sunchoke or Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

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    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
    •10/9/16
    •No new bloom……

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    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
    10/11/16

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    >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)

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    Could the off white pollen be from laurel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redindiaink View Post
    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
    •10/22/16
    •Saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) should have bloomed but slugs ate them all.

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    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
    •10/30/16
    •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.

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