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Remember to plant flowes that give nectar late in the season as well - sedums and Michaelmas daisies come tomind. Salvia guanitica "Bklack Calyx" is pictured flowering in the University of Bristol Botanic Garden on Dec.1st this year. Salvias ae good for insects as they have a landing platform, the lip of the flower. Plants with distinct nectar guide lines are good too. these act like the runway on an airport and guide the bee to the nectar.
I noticed last year that bees adore red/white flowering clover, I have a patch of lawn that is hardly used or walked on, so this year I am going to lift it, re-seed with red clover and leave it for our fast depleting bee colonies to feast on. I have read that it only needs to be trimmed back a couple of times a year (another plus) to re-vitalise the flowers, and I am sure will look pretty too. If for any reason this doesnt work then I will dig it back in cos its a good form of soil improver, high in nitrogen, wish me luck
I'd love to have a beehive, is it possible in a small garden? Is it a lot of work? I noticed a marked increase in bees and butterflies last year, it was lovely. I try not to use any chemicals in the garden, I have a deal with the spiders, and spend ages picking greenfly off my plants and throwing them at their webs, I have very fat spiders!