Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees & flowers, & honeybees. Gardening for peace of mind.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Shallots and Bees. And spider.
I let the shallots bloom for more bee forage. It's OK if that results in smaller shallots. These are "Holland White". The name refers to the shallot itself, not the flower. I think. It's a pretty flower very dramatic. Native bees - tiny bees and bumblebees - forage the flowers as well as honeybees. Possibly more than the honeybees.
White shallot flower provides camoflage for white apivorous spider. I'll guess, white crab spider.
Other bee forage in bloom, dandelions, clover, thistle. They like the thistle more than the dandelions and clover.