Grounds Maintenance and Garden Services


Pollinating insects


Posted on 21st February, by Vicky in Uncategorized. No Comments

Many of our pollinating insects are in decline. This is not good for our food supplies. Without bees and the like, who will pollinate our apple crops etc?

 

We can all help and it is not difficult. When you next buy flowers for your garden pick something bee friendly. A rule of thumb is that exotic, highly cultivated and double flowers are not very good. Much of the bedding plants like Busy Lizzies, Begonias and Geraniums have no nectar for the bees to feed on.  I have added a list of bee friendly plants at the bottom of this blog.

 

You can also change your mowing habits to help. Try having a small meadow around the base of trees and in front of hedges.

 

Do not cut your grass often and allow lawn flowers to grown. You can still spot treat or hand dig the ones you do not like. Lawns with Daisies, Viola Scabious and Spring bulbs looks a picture.

 

Bee friendly plants

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
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
Viper’s bugloss





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