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This year, having grown camassias for the first time , I find the bees love them. The bees need all the help we can give them at the present time, not only because of the mysterious decimation they are going through, but also because more and more gardeners are opting to grow their own fruit and veg. so their(the bees') services are more in demand!
I have bees living in the drill holes that were made for my cavity wall insulation. They chirp like birds. Its amazing to watch them.
as bees are in danger at the moment I am going to put in a lot of plants that bees like, I am going to plant lots of lavender for them plus anything that atrracts them as I need them to pollinate my beans i used Hissop last year and the bees loved it and the Lavertera, the bees came out looking all pink as they were covered in pollen
very helpfull i have seen bees in my garden all winter they seem to be hibernating in my hedge i will be planting alot more flowers for them as we are really starting to grow our own veg and fruit now and we need them as much as they need our help now
Very helpful would like to encourage more wildlife to my garden.


Reply to annekneebone - Anne, if you live in the south the bumbles were probably nesting under your hedge. There are increasing numbers of buff-tailed bumblebees establishing colonies over winter. And one of the best plants for bumblebees is red clover, so if you could grow some in a pot or let areas of your lawn go unmowed for a few weekd in summer you'll have loads of bumbles visiting!
Very helpful tips as I am trying to make my garden more wildlife friendly as well as grow more fruit and veg. I've certainly noticed a decline in bees and butterflies in the garden over the last couple of years which is such a shame.
I'm a bumble bee fan, too. Last spring I planted a lavender hedge, partly to attract the bees, and waited for it to flower. When it did, it was a lovely sight to see many bees, each day, lazily buzzing from flower to flower, collecting their pollen. It doesn't have to be a hedge, though, just plant a few lavenders in a border or a pot, sit back and wait!
The current situation with regard to the decline in the bee population is very worrying, so we must all do everything we can to encourage them into our gardens.
I love having bees in my garden. Thanks for the tips. :)
There's nothing quite like walking around my front and back garden and seeing the bees loving the flowers and shrubs we planted specially for them, always gives me a good feeling. What's made me really happy is our little boy always asks to see the bees when we go outside, that's at least one more bee fan for the future.
I have a rowan tree which this year put on a lot of its tiny flowers. Bees were swarming all over...every and all day! Also bumble bees loved my rhododendrons and my geraniums and I have 7 penstemon plants just coming into bud, ready to take over until second flush of geraniums. I have seen more bees this year than ever before.We have a grand 9ft high 60ft long privet hedge which is humming and chirruping with dont get rid of your hedge for a wall.
On our allotment we grow veg and keep chickens. Started with 6, now we have 26 as it's addictive. Re Bee/Butterflies decline, never seen so many as this year. Butterflies everywhere on allotment. Obviously everyone's efforts helping. We have Foxgloves, Lavender & Fuschia which they're loving. One of our fellow garderners has two bee hives which are really easy to look after. We're considering doing the same. Collecting our own honey sounds YUMMY! TraceyLooLoo
We purchased a Bumblebee nest box this year and placed it under our Buddleia, fingers crossed.After reading your plant list for bees we were happy to see we had ten of the plants suggested but will be purchasing more this weekend.They are one off the true sounds off an English summer.
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The bees always love my Azalea in the spring and ox-eyed daisies with many varieties of Buddleia in the summer.....i too am planting to encourage all wild life to my rambling garden!
I got stung today- I had the cheek to go into 'their' garden to hang out my washing!
I have loads of flowers for butterflies and bees, I also grow runner beans in large pots the bees love the flowers. my garden backs on to the railway and there are loads of stinging nettles on the bank, but I hasten to add that the other houses in our road don't cater for creatures at all, am I fighting a loosing battle.
There's a link to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust at the bottom of this original article. Do look there for sensible advice on planting for bumblebees.
I can certainly vouch for pulmonaria as bee-ing popular with our furry friends; I planted one recently and had a bumble bee visit before I'd even watered it in! Un-bee-lievable! Enough bad jokes, I'll buzz off now (sorry couldn't resist).