The second lecture on Friday morning, following on from the first with no break was Plants for Bees by Mary Montaut. It was fast, lively and entertaining. She told us that the best plants for bees are trees as they have so many more flowers in one place. The BBKA has a list available of the best trees for bees from which she quoted.
The co-evolution of plants and insects about 150 million years ago and the production of nectar and pollen allowed the split between bees and wasps. Races diversified rapidly. We are currently losing species of plants and animals at a rapid rate. There is an ‘allele effect’ as one extinction promotes others as everything links up. She went through the gardening year listing, month by month, the most productive plants.
Then came a break and I had my last cup of caffeinated coffee, deciding later in the day that it would be good to reduce my intake of mind-altering addictive substances. Since then, over 2 months ago, any coffee and tea I have consumed has been de-caffeinated and I feel better for it as the ups and downs of the day have been reduced.
Catherine Caulwell bought a copy of Bees vs People, the 19th of the 20 I had arrived with!