What’s Blooming

  • Blooming in July: Basswood
    Most of the Tilia trees growing in Mecklenburg County are instead Tilia heterophylla, white basswood; their leaves are light colored and downy on the undersides. They are sometimes called “bee tree,” because while they bloom for a relatively short time, they shed pollen densely and offer nectar profusely so that they attract an abundance of … Read more
  • Blooming in June: Allium
    Common Name: Garden Onion, Field Garlic, etc.Botanical Name: Allium cepa L., A. linealePlant Type: Perennial bulbTypical Bloom Period: June-AugustNectar Usefulness: excellentPollen Usefulness: very good Allium cepa, in the garden here at Love Me Some Honey A national restaurant chain offered a free “Bloomin’ Onion” on Monday. Of course, I heard about it on Wednesday after. … Read more
  • Blooming in May: Lyre-leaf Sage
    Salvia lyrata blooming on Greenway Ave. in Charlotte Common Name: Lyre-leaf SageBotanical Name: Salvia lyrataPlant Type: Perennial herbTypical Bloom Period: April-MayNectar Usefulness: goodPollen Usefulness: good “Kick Me” is what we would write on the paper with tape, and a gentle pat on the back would mark the victim in such a way that s/he couldn’t … Read more
  • Blooming in April: English Laurel
    Prunus laurocerasus L. on Providence Rd. in Charlotte “Good fences make good neighbors” sings the proverb, and while Robert Frost may beg difference, an urban or suburban beekeeper would certainly agree. In Charlotte, it is as easy to grow a fence as to build one, and one of the favorite screen and hedge plants is … Read more