There really isn’t much about for the bees in November but when the weather permits they really do love the Mahonia for that little bit of fresh nectar.
It hardly seems worthwhile putting this little table in here but let’s do it anyway:
Here’s another cheery picture of the bees on the Mahonia – click for a better view:
You may have noticed quite a lot of gorse in flower this year (2016) but the autumn has been exceptionally sunny and mild and although the main flowering period for the gorse is mostly March – June it will flower sporadically between times when the weather permits:
In fact if you look at the gorse that is flowering now you will see the branches are densely laden with flower buds but these will overwinter and flower for us in the spring. If there is another spring…
However, to complicate the issue, there are two species of gorse present in Ireland – Ulex europaeus and U.gallii. U.gallii is more common in the west of Ireland and flowers from July to September.
Here’s another picture of the bees on the Mahonia – click for a better view:
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