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    Default 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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    Gold stars for Seasprout!!!


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    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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    Plant some Borage, bee's love it!

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    Default 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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    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'

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

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    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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