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Good for honey bees

From Mr M. J. Brown, MRPharmS

I read with sadness the piece from Bystander about spending a day “balsam-bashing” (PJ, 30 June 2012, p797). Late in the summer the Himalayan balsam (“policeman’s helmet”) yields good nectar (see picture), which provides a source for honey bees to make honey when many other flowers have stopped flowering. On many a day in August and September it gives me satisfaction to see bees returning to their hives covered with white pollen, looking as if they had crawled through a flour-bag — the unmistakable sign of working the Himalayan balsam.

Michael J. Brown



Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11104019

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