Another bee on a flower picture - sorry. Hellebores
do really well on our heavy soil, and we've got all sorts of varieties now. They seem easy to grow and actually need some shade. I still most love the simplicity of H. niger
, the Christmas Rose, or the white H. orientalis
, which the bees seem to prefer too. I've never seen anyone selling them as bee plants - sigh - but their white pollen is really helpful for honeybees and emerging queen bumbles on an early Spring day like today; apart from the crocuses and Goat Willow there's nothing much else around for them. I'm kicking myself for not getting over to Cleeve Nursery
for their Hellebore and Primrose week to get properly up to speed on them - oh well, there's always next year.
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