The Prunus campanulata are out – and although they have a tendancy to become weedy (and when they’re coming out it’s easy to see that) in this area who could begrudge them one bad habit when they’re such a tui magnet?
Late winter/early spring sources of nectar aren’t just attractive to birds – butterflies and bees are starting to move again and are keen to feed as well.
Some good plants for this are:
- Lavender dentata (mine flowers almost year-round).
I was in a garden near Katikati in the middle of winter, wandering about on my own, and I could hear the bees busy in three or four of the same trees – Alnus jorullensis (evergreen alder). The flowers didn’t look much, but the bees were thoroughly enjoying them.
Federated Farmers has developed a Trees for Bees programme and produced regional planting lists. Find those here.