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Nectar and pollen (pollen)
Much can be said about flowering times, nectar release and degree of pollen. We have opted for realistic information on this from our latitude. The pregnancy plants and trees list with more than 600 species in Latin and Dutch (compiled from the experience of many beekeepers by Theo Georgiades and available through Publications BDimkers) forms the basis, supplemented by information from BeePlants by Martin Crawford.
The reality depends on nature and varies from year to year. The soil type (and the soil life) are important, also the weather conditions (such as: sun hours, heat, precipitation, wind direction) play a role. Similarly, composting, fertilization, shadow, planting depth and planting time count.
The chemically grown flower bulbs sometimes prove, 'unfortunately', to be extra attractive for mice and moles in the Netherlands and Belgium (which can be regulated with mesh on the top and bottom). From abroad we receive reports of the appetite for wild boar and even moose that mainly fall on the yellow botanical crocuses, but these are incidents.
Another example: every beekeeper knows that camomile does not give nectar. Sugar water with chamomile tea is used for this 'retained' nectar release when feeding the honey bees. It appears that the bees have a strong preference for it and it helps them to convert sugar into something that many lay people cannot distinguish from honey. Despite the fact that camomile 'never' gives nectar, we have nevertheless experienced one year in which the camomile produced abundant nectar and the bees really flew en masse on the camomile.
The advice speaks for itself: make use of your own local circumstances.
About the photos:
Together with friends, we paid a lot of attention to taking more than a thousand of our own photos, often with all kinds of pollinating insects. A number of photos are from VisionsPictures from Lisse, who very much support our initiative. Marijn van den Brink is a plant expert and traveled through many regions where the bulbs originally came from. Some photos were taken from his site with his permission.
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