Attract bees to your garden

Help bees and make your garden look beautiful at the same time!

Tips on how to attract pollinating insects to your garden

bees-please> Aim to have plants that are attractive to pollinating insects in flower from early spring to late autumn. Winter flowering plants can also be of benefit.
> Don’t pick dandelions in spring as these are one of the first food sources of the year for bees.
> Encourage bees by keeping honeybees yourself.
> Have nest boxes for bumble bees and other bugs or make a ‘bug hotel’ yourself using odd bits laying around the garden.

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Bees and other beneficial insects—ladybugs, butterflies, and predatory wasps—all need fresh water to drink but they need a landing pad to drink from. As the weather heats up in summer it can be challenging for our tiny friends to find a place for a good drink, but it’s easy to make the perfect bee watering hole.

  • Line a shallow bowl or plate with rocks or marbles
  • Add water, but leave rocks as dry islands to serve as landing pads.
  • Place the bath at the ground level in your garden. (Put it near your bee friendly plants)
  • Refresh the water often

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Other ways to help bees

  •   Support your local beekeepers
  •   Learn more about bees and beekeeping

Found a swarm? 
Honeybees in a swarm are usually very gentle and present very little danger. They can be made aggressive if disturbed or sprayed with water. Just leave them alone and wait for a beekeeper to arrive. Contact your local beekeeper, find them on the BBKA website.  www.bbka.org.uk

Don’t be afraid, having bees in your garden isn’t going to be a nuisance, bees just want to do their job -collect pollen.  They only sting if they feel threatened by you …They can be fun to watch buzz around your garden on a summers day! 🙂

We have a special blend of ‘seeds for bees’ pack for sale in our shop.

 

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A few other flowers that are great for pollinators:

Wild plants

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Cantaurea scabiosa (greater knapweed)
Digitalis purpurea (common foxglove)
Eupatorium cannabinum (hemp agrimony)
Lonicera periclymenum (common honeysuckle)
Origanum vulgare (wild marjoram)
Thymus pulegioides (large thyme)
Trifolium repens (white clover)
Verbascum nigrum (dark mullein)
Viburnum opulus (guelder rose)

Garden plants

Caryopteris x clandonensis (caryopteris)
Dianthus barbatus (sweet william)
Hesperis matronalis (dame’s violet)
Hyssopus officinalis (hyssop)
Jasminum officinale (common jasmine)
Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender)
Lychnis coronaria (rose campion)
Monarda didyma (bergamot or bee balm)
Verbena bonariensis (purple top)
Weigela florida (weigelia)

 

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