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Bee gardening news and education from the UC Davis Bee Haven
by Ishan
on July 28, 2017 at 5:15 AM
Thanks Christine Casey,for such informative information these types of articles are often unknown for us.
Reply by Christine Casey
on July 28, 2017 at 6:17 AM
Glad you found this helpful.
by Grace munakata
on September 4, 2017 at 12:32 PM
Thank you for this article! We have Ca aster and have noticed bees do not visit the flowers unless its center is yellow (not turning ochre or brown). Do the latter no longer provide nectar-pollen? Have read that birds like  
The seeds so am letting some big stems go to seed, dead heading others . Converting garden to mostly CA natives- giant  
Buckwheat is like a flying village hub.  
* Also wondering if flowering plants for bees, beneficial insects or seeds for birds are more important as we near Fall- or perhaps equal ?
Reply by Christine Casey
on September 5, 2017 at 11:43 AM
Good observation! Yes, once the center is no longer yellow pollen is not being produced. In planning a bee garden, it's important to consider overlapping bloom. For many plants, flowers will remain at the end of the bloom cycle but pollen and nectar are no longer being produced.  
California buckwheat is a great plant to attract a diversity of beneficial insects. We find this consistently at the Haven in our studies of bee utilization of landscape plants.  
Both are important, but I would guess that flowering plants for bees are more important than plants that provide seed for birds given that many people have bird feeders in their gardens.
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