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BEE GROUP

Café Bee  

Bees and other pollinators are in crisis !   Why ?  Because they lack nourishment !

There is just not enough nectar and pollen available for them. If everyone provided a plant or two the future of our pollinators would improve.

Clumps of nectar-rich plants in sunny places will be more attractive to all pollinators than scattered plants or those in the shade.

Below is a very short list of bee friendly plants and their times of flowering. Early flowers help the bees get off to a good start in the Spring.

Spring            
             

Aubrietia

 -  perennial -    March/May -   pink, purple
 
Bluebell  -   perennial - April/May      - blue
             
Crocus  -   perennial - March/April - white, yellow, purple
             
Hellebore  -   perennial - Feb/March   - white, yellow, pink, purple
             
Snowdrop  -   perennial - Feb/March   - white
             

Summer

     
             
Campanula  -   perennial - June/Aug - blue, white
             
Fuchsia  -   annual / perennial   - July/Oct - red, pink, white
             
Wallflower  -   annual / perennial   - April/June   - various
             
Foxglove  -   annual - June/Sept - various
             

Real Favourites

             

Buddleia and Lavender  - perennial shrubs

There are many more plants that are available and just as tasty ! The seed catalogues now list appropriate selections of flowers, fruit and vegetables that will keep our insects strong and healthy by providing them with much needed nectar

 

The following common garden plants are bumble-bee  unfriendly

Pelargonium, Pansy, Begonia, Busy-Lizzie, Livingstone Daisy, Petunia , Salvia.

They produce no nectar or pollen or have complicated flowers that block access.

 

For a comprehensive list of plants, please Click Here (PDF)

See Also:
To Bee or not to Bee

Bees found in the Garden
The Inmates of the Colony (Queen, Worker. Drone) - THE BROOD
Plants recommended for pollinating insects (PDF)

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