In celebration of World Bee Day
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.
Yes, it is the day to celebrate our wonderful pollinators.
If you do just one thing this week – plant some flowers for bees.
Today, Sunday 20th May, is World Bee Day. It is a day to celebrate our wonderful bees, but it is also a day to reflect on how bee populations continue to decline.
There are things we can all do to help bees. Here is just a few examples:
- Join a bee monitoring scheme. These citizen science programmes are a great way to learn more about bees yourself, but also contribute important information about the health of bee populations.
- Plants some flowers! Ideally pollinator-friendly flowers. For example, cottage garden varieties (e.g. delphiniums), nasturtiums, herbs and heathers. It is also important to have flowers from early spring to the first frost to provide food throughout the season.
- Don’t be too tidy. Leave areas of tall vegetation for nesting bumblebees, leave vegetables (particularly overwintering brassicas to flower) allow dandelions to flower before mowing lawns.
- And finally enjoy bees!
For more information check out the following pollinator website.