Taraxacum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, which consists of species commonly known as dandelions. Dandelions are a group of flowering plants that grow in many parts of the world. They are also known as Taraxacum spp., though Taraxacum officinale is the most common species. You may be most familiar with dandelions as a stubborn weed that never seems to leave your lawn or garden. Gardeners either want them in the yard or they don’t, and both sides are correct.
Dandelions are also know for many culinary uses. They are high in vitamins and the leaves are good in salads, the taproot can be ground into a coffee substitute, the flowers make wine and with the addition of sugar, some people make a honey-substitute. However, be careful, not all dandelions are suitable for cooking.
In keep in our garden ad beehive, flowering fruit plants and big bright dandelions with almost no bees. At the moment I can imagine that flours are so abundant that bees prefer other flowers than dandelions; it was not so easy to find and take a picture of bees over dandelions, but at least a few of them discovered these flowers. When cherries blossoms, apple blossoms… dandelions will turn more attractive for bees.
After two very mild winter days we really feel the spring in the air. In the garden mostly white and violet or purple flower are appearing everywhere and we almost think it’s already spring. The rhubarb is ready to come out … the countdown already begun !
Chimonanthus praecox, “wintersweet”, is a flowereing plant endemic from China.
Since I was a child I was attracted by this beautiful so nice scented plant.
Late in the winter, but this year already mid January, we can find this flours in some garden. We enjoy this flowers and if the sun is shining and we have the opportunity to get 10°C, we can see that honeybee love this flours as well.
This honey bee can reach the pollen from below the flowers. Honey bee tongues and not long enough to reach the nectar from this point (sse my previous post), but they have helpers. Other insects as some bubble bees with stonger mandibulas are able to chew a hole in the nectar spur. in this way the nectar storage is open for honey bees as well!