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growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 21:57
  • 22  Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus) (HB) are fantastic flowers for bees. An  old cottage garden favourite, bees are attracted to the pink or white flowers  and we love the perfume! They are members of the dianthus family, as are Pinks and Carnations, all of which are good for the bees.
  • 23  Monarda (Bergamot) (HP) This is the herb that flavours Earl Grey  tea, but the bees love its flowers for pollen and nectar. Its folk name in  the Uk is bee balm. It likes a moist but not wet soil and can cope with a bit of  shade. Share it with the bees! Bergamot tea is a herbal treat in itself. Just  pour boiling water on the leaves and allow about ten minutes before  drinking.
  • 24  Cornflower (HA) Easy to grow, cheap and cheerful, cornflowers are another  cottage garden favourite. Thier blue flowers act like a bee magnet. Grow in as  large a group as you have the space for. This makes it easier for the bees to  spot them and saves them flying around more than necessary. It’s easy to save  seed from one year to the next, too.
  • 25  Poppies (HA-HP) All poppies are attractive to bees, and are laden with  pollen in nice open flowers. Very easy to grow, especially the annual kinds, and  easy to save seeds to sow next year. Enjoy their delicate petals while your bees  enjoy a feast.
  • 26  Verbena Bonariensis (HP) a tall, delicate looking perennial with  purple/mauve flowers that add a tropical feel to your borders. This is easy to  grow from seed and sown early enough will flower in its first year. One not to  do without!
  • 27  Snapdragons (Antirrhinum) (HHA) Plenty of choice in heights and colours.  Have you ever watched a bee enter and leave a snapdragon? Their weight pulls the  lower part of the petal down so they can get inside for their food, and you can  hear them buzzing while they are in there. Lovely to watch.
  • 28  Ageratum (HHA) Easy to grow, with heads of blue flowers and another member  of the compositae family, so lots of food on one flower head. This is one of my  favorite annuals in the garden. Just don’t plant out until all danger of frost  has passed and dead head for more flowers.
  • 29  Echinops (globe thistle) (HP) This lovely blue thistle is very ornamental,  even when not in flower, standing about 36″ tall. Bees and butterflies love the  flowers which provide plenty of nectar. Easy to grow from seed and will come  back year after year.
  • 30  Digitalis (foxglove) (HB) Foxgloves make great food for bees. As they are  poisonous, protect children from them and handle wearing gloves. As long as  these precautions are taken these are wonderful plants for the garden and the  bees. A woodland plant, they’re useful for a shady spot.

growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 21:56
  • 11  Clematis (Perennial climber) The majority of clematis will provide pollen,  and I’ve watched bees happily moving from flower to flower gathering their crop.  Always plant clematis deeper than they were in the container, as this gives more  protection against cleamits wilt. These plants are hungry and thirsty, so add  good compost to the planting hole. They also like their roots in the cool and  heads in the sun, so once planted I place either a thick mulch or a pile of  stones or gravel around their roots, keeping them cool and conserving  moisture.
  • 12  Crocus (bulb) Early flowering, plenty to choose from, and planted in the  autumn to flower year after year. These are great value and cheer me up as well  as the bees!
  • 13  Mint (HP), especially water mint, is loved by bees. It’s great in  your cooking, too. Easy to grow, it can be a bit of a thug, so either grow it in  a container or prevent its escape around the garden by burying a bucket (with  holes in the bottom for drainage) and plant your mint into that.
  • 14  Rosemary (HHS) A mediterranean herb, rosemary likes well drained soild and  full sun. It flowers around April/May. A great culinary herb, bees will take  advantage of the pollen as long as you prune it correctly. This is best done  straight after flowering, as most of the flowers will appear on new wood. Don’t  prune rosemary back to old, bare wood as these are not likely to regrow.  Depending on where you live and soil conditions, rosemary can be short lived, so  take some cuttings each year so you can replace the old plant should it dsie or  become too leggy.
  • 15  Thyme (H to HHS)) There are now quite a few varieties available, tasting  slightly different to each other eg lemon thyme. However, I’ve noticed that the  wild thyme (thymus serpyllum) attracts a lot of bee visitors and tends  to flower more profusely. But they are all worth growing. Give them the same  growing conditions as rosemary and lavender.
  • 16  Hebe (HH-HS) This extensive group of shrubs have wonderful flowers for  bees. Plenty of pollen, all on one flower and plenty of flowers on one shrub.  They vary in height, are mosly blue or pink and tolerate most soils. They  dislike too much wet, so a well drained soil is best. Water well, though, until  established.
  • 17  Borage, the bee herb. (HA) Borage is blue flowered, simple to grow and in  fact one type grows wild in the UK, though originally from Syria. Easy, prolific  and the bees love it.
  • 18  Echinacea, the cone flower. (HP) Now available in a variety of colours, all  of which will attract bees. Echinacea Tennesseensis will attract birds,  bees and butterflies.
  • 19  Mignotette. There are HA, HHA and Perennial members of this family. They  are sweetly scented and will attract and feed your bees, especially Reseda  lutea.
  • 20  Thrift, or Sea Pink (HP) is a great plant for a rock garden, trough or  wall. Holding its bright pink flowers well above the grass-like foliage, it will  cheer your garden and make the bees come back for more! Give it well drained  condiitons and lots of sun.
  • 21  Sedums are also excellent plants for rock gardens and walls. There are many  to choose from, but avoid Sedum Spectabilis Autumn Joy if you’re planting for  bees. Biting stonecrop and English stonecrop (sedums acre and  anglicum). are natives, and great for bees.
  • 22  Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus) (HB) are fantastic flowers for bees. An  old cottage garden favourite, bees are attrac

growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 21:54
  • 1  Cosmos (HHA) is an annual flower easily raised from seed. It’s also one of  the very best for the bee. Grow it in groups, making the collection of pollen  easier for the bees, who won’t have to fly as far to find their food. Cosmos  grows 2-5ft tall, the majority reaching about 2ft. It’s from Mexico, so a half  hardy annual. Plant out after all danger of frost has passed, and deadhead to  keep them flowering continuously through the summer. These open, flat flowers  will delight you as well as giving the bees a feast.
  • 2  Aster (HHA) ‘Compostion’ or Michaelmass Daisies. Many modern  hybrids have little or no pollen. easy to grow, colorful and late summer to  autumn flowering, they provide food late in the season. Important if honeybees  are to be well fed to get through the winter months.
  • 3  Sunflowers (HA) are a great choice, available in many heights and colours  to suit your garden space. Choose yellow or orange over red, which bees don’t  like. Varieties exist now for the allergic gardener, containing no pollen.  Obviously avoid these when wishing to attract bees.
  • 4  Calendulas or marigolds (HA) are great for bees, especially the original  single flowered pot marigold. Dead head regularly for a longer  flowering period.
  • 5  Primulas. (HP) The native primrose, (primula vulgaris), primulas  of all kinds, even the drumstick ones are great early food for bees.  Cowslips (primula veris) are also good members of this extensive family  of perennial plants.
  • 6  Rudbekia (HHA) are an extensive group of cone flowers from the aster  family. A wide variety of heights, mostly available in yellows and oranges, sure  to brighten your border and feed bees. There are also a few hardy perennial  ones, of which ‘Goldsturn’ is my personal favourite. All are easy to  grow from seed.
  • 7  Scabious or cornflowers (HA), another aster family member, are mostly blue  flowered and bees adore them. Dead-headed regularly, they’ll flower all summer  long.
  • 8  Lavender (HHS) There are plenty of lavenders to choose from, all needing  plenty of sun and well drained soil, but they’ll reward you with plenty of  fragrant flowers for cutting and drying. Just watch them get smothered in bees  when they come into flower.
  • 9  Bluebells (bulb) Another early food supply. Just a note of caution for UK  growers. The native English bluebell in now under threat from the  Spanish bluebell, which outcompetes and crosses with it. So please ensure you  are planting the native bluebell to ensure you don’t endanger a bluebell  woodland near you.
  • 10  Hellebores (HP) The Christmas rose! A lovely flower to have in  your garden from late winter to early spring, this plant will tolerate some  shade and moist conditions, though not wet. When bees emerge from hibernation  they need food fast. This one gives them a snack when there’s little else  around.
  • 11  Clematis (Perennial climber) The majority of clematis will provide pollen,  and I’ve watched bees happily moving from flower to flower gathering their crop.  Always plant clematis deeper than they were in the container, as this gives more  protection against cleamits wilt. These plants are hungry and thirsty, so add  good compost to the planting hole. They also like their roots in the cool and  heads in the sun, so once planted I place either a thick mulch or a pile of  stones or gravel around their roots, keeping them cool and conserving  moistur

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 14:35

I have put DVDs all around the edge of my new bed, they were happily replacing bulbs with cat poop. the DVDs seem to have worked. coffe grounds too. 

Today's dilemma

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 22:00

RD you make me chuckle. My OH fains disintrest, gave me front garden, wouldn't let me mow lawn in back garden. I got rid of lawn and patioed it. He would'nt care for lavender hedges as they are in front and therefore mine - until now 4 years later when they are sizable and i mentioned buying a strimmer.

I love repurposing stuff, wanting to grow onions and having a barrow it seems obvious to use the barrow to grow onions.

i'm still working on OH with repurposing and building things. His recycling is much better though.

WW is so right. When my garden patio work was finished OH was keen as mustard and followed direction very well not been in it since!

Its my thing though (dont want him out here) and the only thing i want from him is for him to enjoy the garden. i want him to be able to sit and relax in it. that would be the best compliment for me.

 

Bit the bullet! Here comes spring...

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 21:46

Love it! good skills Red, I started 3 weeks ago. some doing well others not so much but i just could'nt wait!

now though i have a back log for the windows -

next week looks better though. moving plants out bit by bit to green house.

planted out summer bulbs today. been waiting to do that forever. they are in a massie planter in front garden under kitchen window ( more like small raised bed)

 

Buying Plug Plants

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 19:47

just got 36 perennial plugs from Van meuwen and they were in great condition, i expected them to be small, but great roots and loads of green leaves.  by the end of summer they'll be great

Morrisions

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 19:17

I have  a willow, herb garden, canes and plenty of very cheap terracotta pots from morrisons.

all the plants have done well  and the pots are great. I think its worth a trip - its so much cheaper than a garden centre. even if you o have to give them TLC.

bought quite a few bulbs and roots in aldi this year. obv still waiting to see how they get on. no need to be a snob about plants

Veg beds at front - how to make them attractive

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 20:28

Red check out grow food not lawns, they have a good page on face book.

its a great idea with all your space there. just have something at the front for privacy/protection. 

Need Bees This Year!

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 19:09

I have a lavender hedge around the front path, like artjak says, you can hear the buzzing in the house. I never have any probs pruning it. They aren't interested in you

Mahonia for winter interest for the bees (and you)

there are several bee conseration grops that do wildflower seeds for attracting them.

good luck

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