Help bees and make your garden look beautiful at the same time!
Tips on how to attract pollinating insects to your garden
> 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.
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
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.
A few other flowers that are great for pollinators:
• 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)
• 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)