These flowers are a bee-magnet!

These flowers are a bee-magnet!

If you look closely and there are heaps of bees on the flowers.

Fatsia japonica or ‘8-fingers’ flowering here [Auckland, NZ] in Autumn so I look forward to well-fed bees to keep visiting my garden in winter.

In my child-hood in Australia, this plant was a favored indoor house plant – I had never seen it flower. What a wonderful place and climate it is in Auckland that I see its flowers now on the one I inherited in the open garden with this house.

Food sources for bees in a winter garden

Food sources for bees in a winter garden

Bees find a great food source in this bush laden with flowers  full of nectar [smells like honey] and pollen. C flowers in winter when there are few other flowers in my garden providing food for bees.

Bee landing on a flower searching for pollen and nectar Bee finding pollen and nectar in flowers of Camellia microphylla

Bee finding pollen and nectar

 

Bee finding pollen and nectar – pollen bags on it’s leg is visible – for carrying pollen back to the hive.

Bee finding pollen and nectar

 

Food sources for bees in winter mean they are strong and healthy to pollinate fruit tree blossoms in early spring.

Check there are food sources available all year so bees are ready when needed for pollinating our crops.