Categories: Wildlife Gardens

Frenzied Foraging

By Published On: May 31, 2012
Frenzied Foraging

The poppies have bloomed.  I have to say that they are suspiciously beautiful, in a way reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland character.  Strangely fascinating.  The honeybees are particularly amazed. I’m already anticipating their day-after-Christmas blues when the last petal falls and there is no more pollen to gather.

A quick bit of research led me to a honeybee foraging study.  “Results showed significantly higher foraging response of honeybees (Apis mellifera) in genetically divergent narcotic plant opium poppy (Papaver somniferum)…”  Interesting.  I planted these flowers for their unique form, cool casules and tasty seeds.  I hadn’t planned to intoxicate the local bee population.

Volume 97, Issue 13, September 2006, Pages 1578–1581

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About the Author: Emily Murphy

I’ve learned there’s something wonderfully powerful in the simple act of growing. Here, in our gardens, we can repair ourselves and our plots of earth with our own two hands. GROW WHAT YOU LOVE and GROW NOW!