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  • Attracting Bees.

    Early last year I decided to add lots more Bee attracting plants to my Garden, Plants such as More Scabious, Lavender, Sea-holly, Delphiniums and many more to mention.

    Not a bed planted out, but more just dotted around the garden in space I could find.

    Today whilst mooching in the Garden I identified 5 Species of Bee and 3 Species of Butterfly in the garden, one butterfly species (the Gate keeper) I have never seen in my garden before.


    I am quite pleased with myself.!

    Going to dig up more lawn this autumn and plant yet more nectar rich species, also pop in a small wildlife pond. Well thats the plan.
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  • #2
    Gold stars for Seasprout!!!

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    • #3
      Thats great. We have a large ground cover plant that the bees love. I am not sure what it is called as it was already here. It has grey green leaves and small purple flowers and not a great smell when picked. We have lots of butterlies as we have a large budlia.
      BumbleB

      I have raked the soil and planted the seeds
      Now I've joined the army that fights the weeds.

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      • #4
        Plant some Borage, bee's love it!

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        • #5
          Plants for Bees.

          Flowers for bumblebees
          March - April

          Apple
          Bluebell
          Broom
          Bugle
          Cherry Erica carnea (heather)
          Flowering Currant
          Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
          Pear
          Plum Pussy Willow
          Red dead-nettle
          Rosemary
          White dead-nettle
          May - June
          Alliums
          Aquilegia
          Birds-foot trefoil
          Bugle
          Bush vetch
          Campanula
          Ceanothus
          Chives
          Comfrey
          Cotoneaster
          Escallonia Everlasting Pea
          Everlasting wallflower
          Foxglove
          Geranium
          Honeysuckle
          Kidney Vetch
          Laburnum
          Lupin
          Monkshood
          Poppies
          Raspberries Red Campion
          Roses (singles)
          Sage
          Salvia
          Thyme
          Tufted vetch
          Meadow Cranesbill
          White Clover
          Wisteria
          Woundwort
          July - September
          Black horehound
          Borage
          Bramble
          Buddleia
          Cardoon
          Catmint
          Cornflower
          Delphinium
          Heathers
          Hollyhock
          Hyssop Knapweed
          Lavender
          Lesser burdock
          Marjoram
          Mellilot
          Mint
          Penstemon
          Phacelia
          Polemonium
          Purple loosestrife
          Red bartsia Red clover
          Rock-rose
          Sainfoin
          Scabious
          Sea Holly
          Snapdragons
          St. Johns Wort
          Sunflower
          Teasel
          Thistles
          Viperís bugloss

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          • #6
            That's superb Seasprout! Well done you it must be so rewarding to actually see the results of your thoughtfulness and hard work.

            And that list is going to come in very handy... she says highlighting and reaching for 'ctrl' and 'c'
            http://vegblogs.co.uk/overthyme/

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            • #7
              What a fabulous list - I could quite happily fill a garden just with all you have mentioned!

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              • #8
                How spooky. I saw a beatiful butterfly at the weekend that i had never seen before and you produce a picture of it.!! Fantastic. I am growing 35 Lavender plants at present for planting out in the autumn with the idea of getting my first colony of honey bees this time next year. I have an apple orchard so bees would be extra beneficial.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by seasprout View Post
                  Flowers for bumblebees
                  <snip>
                  Thanks for that list - very useful. This RHS page has another useful list, sorted by type of plant rather than flowering time.

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                  • #10
                    I planted Borage this year and the bees are all over it! Bless them, I have a real soft spot for Bees.

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                    • #11
                      I get loads of bees and butterflies on my Oregano and it's useful and decorative too

                      Umbilifera flowers whilst not the most attractive are well loved by bees and hoverflies -includes Fennel, Dill -- & Lovage!

                      Does anyone else think the population of Bumble bees has increased - or does it just seem that way with fewer honey bees??

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                      • #12
                        The Bees in my Garden currently need waterproofs and stripey scarfs.

                        Quite cool out.!
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