We are hearing more and more about the decline of bees in our World. We are told that the whole Eco-system will be in trouble if the decline continues. We can all do out bit, and in this article we are going to explore some of the best ways to attract bees to your garden. I found the following video to be of particular interest:
The herb tip is priceless. How many of us truly understand the importance of attracting more bees? I know a lot of us do, but the more that is put out there the better chance we stand of making a difference. The article below has some wonderful tips, and is worth the read.
Generally speaking, flowers that suit honeybees will be acceptable to both bumblebees and solitary bees, and indeed many other pollinating insects.
This is to do with the length of the bee’s proboscis, which is generally shorter in honeybees than in other bees, so if a honeybee can reach the nectar, then other bees will be able to do so, too.
As any garden designer will tell you, you quickly develop a range of “core” plants that you are drawn to, which become your signature plants; most of these, and often all of them, crop up in just about every design you create.
I am no exception. You will see allium, lavender – especially the variety ‘Hidcote’ – echinacea, aster, geranium, achillea and no end of herbs appearing repeatedly in my plans. I make no apology for this: they are all excellent garden plants and, more importantly from my point of view, they are first-rate bee plants.
Spacing, soil and aspect
The amount of space I have allowed for each grouping of plants is roughly the area they will cover two or three years after planting; don’t worry if they look a little sparse when newly planted. You can supplement the planting with fillers, such as annuals and bulbs, at least for the first couple of years.
I have assumed that the soil is neutral, moist but free-draining, and that the site is either full sun, or in sun for a good part of the day.
The plants that I have chosen will, when taken together, cover the foraging period of the bees, namely from spring to autumn. But this is only a guide, and you may find that some plants defy their expected flowering season and start blooming early, or go on flowering a lot later than anticipated – much depends on the weather. Read More
It’s no secret that bees are in trouble. Every little helps, and by following the tips that have been outlined in this article you really are making a difference. This is just a few ideas on how to attract bees to your garden, there are many more and there are groups and forums that are encouraging everyday people to become bee keepers by building simple hives.
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