April to June

 

 


 

April As the willows wilt a succession of spring flowers bloom. Wild cherry,apple,field maple,dandelion and blackthorn blossoms provide valuable pollen and nectar to feed the expanding colony.

 

 



May In the arable areas of Great Britain the Oilseed rape brings a blaze of yellow across the landscape. This profusion of blossom creates a frenzy of activity from the hive. The foraging bees work tirelessly to bring home as much nectar and pollen as possible. Towards the end of May another arable crop, the Field Bean comes into bloom, on humid days its fragrant scent fills the air as the bees collect both pollen and nectar as they pollinate the crop.

In areas where there are no arable crops grown the bees would forage on Hawthorn,Horse Chestnut and Dandelion.

 


 


June As the first flush of spring wains there are few wild flowers available for the bees. In days gone by the beekeepers called this “the June gap”Towards the end of June the first Lime trees would flower herald the start of the “main flow” This was the height of the summer foraging for the bees.

 

Apr-Jun Flower Photos

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Apple Blossom

Apple Blossom

Dandelion

Dandelion

Cherry

Cherry

Rapeseed Flower

Rapeseed Flower

Horse Chestnut

Horse Chesnut

Lime

Lime