If you would like to have bees in your garden, but do not have time to look after them then you could allow a member of Guildford Division to keep bees there instead.

If you are interested in such an arrangement then contact the Secretary Malcolm Clarke.

 

Below are some recommendations for trees and shrubs to plant in your gardens to give the bees a good source of nectar and pollen all year round.

 

January

Mahonia x media ‘Charity’.

Mahonia


February

Camellia “Yuletide”, Salix (Willow) many species, Sarcocca (Christmas Box).

Sarcocca


March

Alnus cordata (Alder), Alnus incana (Alder), Corylus avellana (Cobnut), Corylus maxima (Filbert),Prunus cerasifera (Cherry plum) Ribes (Flowering Currant).

Ribes


April

Acer negundo (Ash leaved maple), Acer macrophyllum (Oregon maple), Amelanchier lamarckii (June berry), Berberis many species, Cercis siliquastrum (Judas Tree), Cydonia oblonga (Quince),Malus sylvestris (Apple Tree), Prunus (Flowering Cherry) many species.

Berberis

Apple Blossom


May

Cistus many species, Crataegus monogyna (Common Hawthorn), Crataegus laevigata (May Tree),Ilex (Holly)many species, Mespilus germanica (Medlar), Sorbus (Rowan).

Cistus


June

Lavandula (Lavender), Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree), Robinia pseudoacacia (False Acacia),Robinia hispida (Rose Acacia), Tilia europaea (Common Lime).


Tulip Tree


July

Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven), Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) various species, Tilia tomentosa (European White Lime).

Buddleia (with butterfly)


August

Abelia x grandiflora, Catalpa bignoniodes (Indian Bean Tree), Koelreuteria paniculata (Golden Rain Tree).

Abelia grandiflora


October

Hedera (Ivy), Tetradium daniellii (Evodia).

Ivy Flower (with wasp)


December

Prunus subhirtella “Autumnalis” this flowers on and off from late November until March.

Prunus subhirtella autmnalis