Peace Bee Farm Master Beekeeper Richard Underhill of Conway, Arkansas muses on life with the bees and other things.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Redbud in Bloom
Along rural ditch banks and field margins as well as in suburban lawns an impressive pinkish red tree is now in bloom. Upon close inspection we see honey bees in great numbers amid the colorful blossoms along the twigs and branches. This is the redbud, a member of the legume or pea family. The legumes are an important family of bee plants which includes wild and cultivated peas and beans, vetches, clovers, alfalfa, lespedeza, wisteria, locusts, soybeans, and peanuts. The honey bees gather both pollen and nectar from the redbud at a time when large amounts of food are being consumed to feed the colony’s rapidly expanding brood nest. These bright red trees are a welcomed sight to both the bees and the beekeeper. --Richard
EAS Certified Master Beekeeper and Owner of Peace Bee Farm of Conway, Arkansas.
Former President of Arkansas Beekeepers Association, Tennessee Beekeepers Association, and Memphis Area Beekeepers Association. Recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award.