Besides our fantastic native Coastal Sage Scrub and Chaparral plant communities, San Diego supports abundant planting that provides quality nectar to the honey bee… (click 'read more' to the right)
High water demand planting has been challenged by the recent drought. Recently popular water-wise specie have been replacing the standard thirsty ones. A fun challenge to landscape architecture design! Salvia leucantha (Mexican Sage) is a great addition to any ornamental or native-type landscape as it has a low water requirement and a long blooming period that bees enjoy. Salvia is comes from the Latin word 'salvere' meaning to save referring to its long-thought healing properties. Sage honey too carries on the medicinal qualities as well as being one of the favored harvests of many a San Diego beekeeper. Salvia leucantha is shown on the Bee Crazy logo.
Bees originally invited me into beekeeping when I was completely surrounded by a wonderful buzz while pruning a blooming palm tree. I've been with them ever since.