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I am wanting to put in a couple of clematis and would like to choose a variety that is attractive to bees. Any suggestions from the wise.

 

 

Julie

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My clematis Red Ballon - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=511 - was full of bees when two swift experts came to see me to advise about nests a couple of years ago.  They were astonished as they thought you had to grow wildflowers and weeds to attract bees.   They also like my Red Robin - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=3222 - which flowers earlier and my alba luxurians is buzzing at the mo - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=561 

I reckon any clematis would do as long as it's not a double so avoid things like http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=1843 and http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=580

David Matthews2
Julie Wood wrote (see)

I am wanting to put in a couple of clematis and would like to choose a variety that is attractive to bees. Any suggestions from the wise.

 

 

Julie

Hi Julie,

Winter flowering clematis can be shown to fill a 'feeding gap' for bees, especially queens preparing for next year's brood. I posted yesterday a couple of pix of just such a queen bee visiting my "Freckles" clematis in my sheltered West Wales coastal garden..


 

Others may be able to suggest summer-flowering types which would help at other key times of the year...

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