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I didn't know until very recently that not all flowers are
good for pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies.
Now that I do though, I would be very grateful if you could
please advise me which are the best wildflowers to grow
to help the bees etc. Thank you!
Hi Nutcutlet and Jim,
This is WAF registered under another name as I didn't get any response
to my plea for missing toolbar etc. to be replaced! Now I have all the
toolbar - so here goes! Please reply when you see this, so that I know
you recognise me! Bit drastic I know, but I didn't know what else to do!
Well at the moment, my teasels are covered in Bumble bees (three different varieties)
They also like the leeks that have gone to seed, and the lavender.
Earlier on in the year they were on the foxgloves a lot. Also linaria purpurea.
Borage & phacelia are both good for honeybees & bumbles.
They like comfrey flowers as well, but once you've got comfrey you can never get rid of it.
Many thanks folks! The only one I have from all those you've mentioned
is the lavender, so lots to keep in mind for next year!
that's lateral thinking flowersforbees, I'm full of admiration.
Viper's Bugloss is a bit of a star and marjoram is just starting, (but not wild).
clovers, red and white dead nettle. I'm not fussy about wild as long as they do the job. so Eryngium giganteum is very busy at the moment. I'll have a wander round tomorrow and see what's attracting them at the moment.
Pulmonaria is excellent early on and I think one of the species is native, I grow P. rubra because it's so early.
now you've got a tool bar do we get pics?
Borage is very good. You can use the new leaves as a cucumber substitute (in fact it was used in Pimms before people used cucumber) and the blue flowers are edible too. I put them in ice cubes and they look brill in drinks - a real talking point.
Here are too good links from the RHS that list good pollinator friendly plants:
i have buddlia,borage, lavender, russian comfrey,plenty to attract bees,but i have not seen a single butterfly all year up to now[except cabbage whites]wonder if there is anything i can add to encourage them?
just to show you what's happening nutcutlet - no photo - yet I've
done everything right I'm sure! Any ideas??!!
I don't believe it! There was nothing in the box when I submitted it
then when I scrolled down to make sure my message to you had gone -
there it was!! It's only a small patch and there are still lots of bald patches,
but next year hopefully it will be much bigger and better. I collected
seeds from a lovely white campian yesterday in a country lane and I'm hoping
I can mix those with the red campians. Lots of this is thanks to you Nutcutlet
and I'm so grateful to you!
Can't stop now! Have to see if it works again! Here (I hope!) is another
picture taken when I first started with my wf garden. You can just make out
the two oxeye daisies which were the only plants I managed to grow from
seed! The red campian and the small clump of cornflowers were from plugs
I bought from a garden centre. The bald patch is where the flowers eventually
grew from seed I directly sowed into the ground and which I intend to do from
now on. They are the ones in the first picture I sent and I'm really thrilled
with them after my first disasters!! Hope you like them!
first picture of wildflower garden I took. Shows the two oxeye daisies which
were the only plants I managed to grow from seed. The red campians and
small patch of cornflowers were from plugs!
My bee balm ( monarda) is smothered in bees this year. I have grown echinecea this year for the first time and In the morning it is smothered in bees sleeping on it ( or drunk on it) I think!!!!
Sinevegas you are a star! You've certainly done your research and I
will try everything to help the bees and butterflies. Re the cosmos - I grew lots of
cosmos plants from seeds (not for my wildflower garden - just for my back
garden) but although the plants look lovely and healthy I only have one flower
(a deep reddish purple) and two other buds on the same plant. Any idea why?