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Bee Happy's Plants for Pollinator's- Page for friendly advice,suggestions & links

Discussion in 'Wildlife Corner' started by BeeHappy, Sep 14, 2017.

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    Thought id start a thread to keep everything in one place
    A page for friendly advice, suggestions & links.

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          Good idea for a thread.
           
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            PLANTING THAT ATTRACT'S LADYBIRDS
            Ladybirds like to feed on plants as well as aphids so be sure to have a good selection of Herb's and the following plants- they often tend to favor blooms of golden yellow hues which are rich in pollen- and please allow a good percentage of the Herbs to flower after all sharing is caring

            Angelica, Dill, Caraway, Chives, Coriander, Fennel, Feverfew, Parsley, Thyme, Wild Marjoram,

            Calendula, Cosmos, Marigolds,Nasturtiums, Sunflowers, Yarrow

            And the most attractive to all pollinator's is always the much-abused Dandelion - so please consider letting a small patch grow in a sunny spot they really are such a valuable source- pest resistant, cheap and trouble free if you dead head reguarly
            not to mention pretty :spinning:

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              Is this the place to mention African Blue Basil? It's a tender shrubby basil with beautiful purple leaves and long spikes of pink/lilac flowers that are an absolute magnet for bees and humming-bird hawk moths. Last year it was available as plug plants from one of the major seed/plant companies in [email protected]! Was it Suttons or Mr Fothergills? I haven't looked this year as managed to keep a plant going through the winter and do cuttings this Spring. It can't be grown from seed, unfortunately. Definitely a good addition to a bee-friendly garden though.:) This photo is of just one plant.20170914_142740.jpg
               
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                @noisette47 :goodpost::wow: How FANtastic your plant is :ThankYou:for sharing here - it is most certainly the right place and very....very :sign0016: in this thread.This is just what I'd hoped :yes:
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                  The plant which attracts the most bees, wasps and hoverflies for a later feast is mature, in flower, ivy. There are hedges full of it near to us and from now on they are alive with thousands of insects.
                   
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                    @Palustris :goodpost:very true and also as im sure i dont need to tell you - Fantastic for Birds too - so a most valuable plant -:ThankYou: for sharing :)
                     
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                      Mature ivy with lots of berries, thanks to the pollinators, is a really important food for birds of the thrush family in January and February, when all the other berries are gone. Everyone who has room should have some mature ivy.
                       
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                        @Redwing another :goodpost: Totally agree - :ThankYou:for your input :)
                         
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                          We have an evergreen Lonicera(Honeysuckle) L. acuminata. Nothing much to look at in the size, scent or colour of the flowers,but bees adore it. I counted over 200 individuals of various types working the flowers. Not a plant for the small garden though, it is extremely vigorous and takes up a lot of tall fence space.
                           
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                            I have had this nesting box here for years and to the best of my knowledge it has never been visited. If I put a bug box on this end of the shed is it likely to attract any takers? It's bare now but in time there will be climbers on the shed and shrubs in the ground.

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                              I have lots of ivy but nothing mature yet, the tall one with the big leaves is good for wasps birds when mature it has berries,

                              There's all sorts in all my borders all hand picked for wildlife it just needs to grow, I should see a big difference this time next year, things are starting to getting hold :).
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