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Guest Post: Going Blue

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This is a guest post from Frank Schuurman, who is a retired nurseryman living in West Auckland. Frank's post is about the blue plants currently flowering in New Zealand. These are great plants to help out the bees over winter…so get planting :D!!!

Thanks Frank for providing us with this great post.

If anyone else is keen to do a guest post, then please get in touch. Take it away Frank…


Going Blue – Frank Schuurman

It is interesting how many of our winter flowering “Bee” plants are blue, to start with we have LAVENDER, many varieties, tall, spreading, small flowers, large flowers, originating in the Mediterranean area and used for their outstanding perfume. In the Provence region of the south of France is the perfume capital of the world “Grasse” in that area you can find hundreds of hectares of Lavender and “Miel de Lavande”. Lavender Honey is a lovely light fragrant fruity honey widely available.

French Lavender
Lavender ‘Marshwood'



We grow Marshwood and Sidonie, easily propagated in October-November, if pruned in January Lavender will flower from May till November.
The next Blue plants are Borage and Rosemary, both useful herbs and good honey producers, Rosemary originally came from Syria and is widely grown, Borage is also from southern Europe and can easily be grown from seed. Rosemary can also be easily propagated from cuttings.

Rosemary
Lavender ‘Sidonie’

Phacelia is another very useful crop, originating in the America’s and used as a green manure crop, sown in January it will flower in May-June providing you have a nice open and fertile ground.

Cheers

Frank
June 2012

Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

4 thoughts on “Guest Post: Going Blue

  1. great little read thanks, Just thought you may like to know that Phacelia when growing conditions are ok will provide you with between 180 to 1,500 pound of honey per acre, We grow phacelia in the vineyard between the rows last year and did really well, Bees really love working it and when collected with clover tastes really nice.

    thanks kevin

    1. Thanks Kevin for the feedback, yes we must take Franks advice and plant some Phacelia. Thanks…Gary

  2. Can never go wrong with a bit of lavender or rosemary! A must have in every garden I think

    1. Thanks Irene for the feedback, had a look at your site as well very nice indeed.

      Yes we need to plant for the bees….Gary

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