One of the best plants for bees is comfrey. It has a long flowering season which provides food throughout the spring and summer.
Blossom, such as apple or cherry blossom, is another great food source.
Herbs (e.g. sage, oregano, thyme) are also great for bees.
Vegetables often rely on bees for pollination, including runner beans, courgettes and many others. Allowing brassicas to flower can also provide food for bees.
Wild native flowers are also important for bees too. So having some in your garden is a great asset.
A celebration B to Y
So here in Ireland we should be celebrating Biodiversity week. Usually there would be lots of events on, but of course with lockdown things are postponed or cancelled. But we can still celebrated online. For me it is a week to celebrate our wonderful biodiversity. So I want to start with a celebration of garden biodiversity as it is right outside our door. Just by providing a little bit of wildness in our gardens we can provide homes for some wonderful creatures. (All the photographs below have been taken in my garden).
Our wildlife pond supports frogs, newts and damselflies to name just a few.
We have four nest just on our house alone – two starling nests, a swallow’s nest and one wren’s nest. The young starlings from one of the nests fledged over the weekend. Below are photos of the adults who have been very busy finding food.
Flowers – native and cultivated provide food for pollinators. More on bees on Wednesday world bee day.
Wildflower meadows and wilder areas provide homes for a myriad of insects, and the insects and the seeds of the flowers in turn, feed the birds and small mammals.
A little bit of wildness may also attract some mammals to the garden. We had a hare visit this weekend (photo on left taken by my son).
If you live in Ireland look out for online activities this week.
There is a Backyard Bioblitz from May 22nd – 24th
There is a #LoveNature campaign to share all the things you love about nature.
If you are outside Ireland check out the UN page on biodiversity day.