Now that we have a garden of our own, 'husband' and I have been keen to introduce as much wildlife friendly 'stuff' as we can. Hence over the last year or two, bird nest boxes, feeders and nectar rich plants have all made their way into our patch. The nest box has been particularly successful with Bluetits moving in each Spring. This week, I have been getting out into the garden to get on with those jobs that I always put off but eventually get around to. As the sun was out and the day felt warm, many birds and insects were out and about too. Noticing a bee on an early flowering clematis, it got me thinking about how I could do more to intice pollinating insects into the garden.
Reading more, I was astonished to discover that here in Britain we have 25 species of bumblebee, with some becoming near to endangered. I have also been watching Sarah Raven's excellent 3 part series Bees, Butterflies and Blooms in which she tackles the need to plant more pollinator friendly plants and flowers in our gardens, parks, towns and cities. The RHS have supported the initiave, and have introduced a new logo for use on plants sold in nurseries and garden centres that are particularly good for bees and other pollinators such as hoverflies.
|The RHS Perfect for Poilinators logo|
Printed onto seed packets of plants that attract wildlife
So, this year I will be out in the garden a lot more planting and sowing seeds to help our little garden friends. Apparantly pollinating insects like open, single blooms where the pollen is easy to get at. Lillies, single Dahlias, Cosmos, Lavender, Pot Marigolds and Foxgloves are all excellent. To really put the point into perspective is the fact that the amount of sugars available to a bee in a flower can actually be higher in content than that of jam. Gosh, really!!
Lots to do but to begin with, this little lot should keep them all happy. Fingers crossed, I will get lots more tomatoes and apples too.
|Spanish Bluebells, but the bees don't mind|
|Single Clematis, Montana 'Tetrarose'|
|Bees love Rosa 'Golden Wings'|
Hoverflies prefer yellow flowers for some reason
|Short lived but loads of pollen, Day Lillies spring|
up all round our garden
|No idea what this is but the bees love it!|
|My lovely Bramley's|
Mind you with all this gardening, I might forget to get some painting done.