Thursday, 24 July 2014

How To Create A Bee-Friendly Garden

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Today, I thought I would use my blogging powers for good and share some useful information on how to create a bee-friendly garden with a little garden tour included to boot. It's hugely important to welcome bees and such into your garden because, as we all know, they're suffering and that ain't good!





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20 things you can plant to encourage bees

                         
CHIVES                                cowslip
dahlia                                dog rose 
FENNEL                                FOXGLOVES   
fuchsia                              GERANIUMS  
heather                              HONEYSUCKLE
LAVENDER                            LUPINS
poppy                                 rosemary
sea holly                            snapdragons 
sunflowers                         verbena
catmint
   ALLIUMS    

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top tips     

                 
• Make sure your bee-friendly plants are close together - it'll help them out a bit!
Don't use any nasties on the plants 
• Pop all the plants in sunlight 
They like purple plants, apparently! 
 Place stones around your pond so they can forage for water if needs be
• Use single flowering plants as they're easier for them to get to 
• Leave a patch of dandelions and daisies as they're a cheap and easy source of nectar for them!
• Help them create their own little house - leave a pile of log and sticks for them to get creative with and leave some uncultivated soil for them to burrow in come winter!  
• Alternatively, you could make them a house!  There are plenty of tutorials online. However, if you don't fancy making your own, you could always buy one from your local garden centre or DIY superstore! 

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I've already stumbled across one dead bee this summer and I don't want to stumble across any more! By the way, if you see a bee that's looking pretty dead it may just be a little dehydrated. Get some sugared water on a spoon and see if it starts to perk up a little! Are you going to plant some more bee-friendly flowers? Feel free to leave some bee tips, along with some more plant ideas so those with green fingers can check them out! 

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15 comments

  1. I don't particularly like bees (well, it depends on the bee's personality, of course), but I love honey. As we all know: there's no honey without bees. The other day, my mum and I went to buy some in a specialised shop and we noticed how small the jars have become due to the fact that there are less and less bees... Because there is less and less vegetation. I hope your post will inspire some people to create a bee-friendly garden of their own!

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  2. Yay, bees! Thanks for posting this, Bee, I'm definitely going to create a bee-friendly vibe in the garden. I think I've said bee too many times in this comment...

    Chelsea x
    Love in Modern Life

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  3. Lovely post! I don't currently have a garden but when I do I would love to make it Bee friendly :) x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

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  4. Everyone I know is so scared by bees, but as you wisely pointed out in this amazing blogpost, they're so important for our environment!
    You're garden is so cute, it's just like a fairy-garden! I wish my gardening skills were just half as yours!

    http://thepeachdrinkingtea.blogspot.it/

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  5. You are on form with the awesome blogposts! I posted a link on my twitter the other day (@peaa) to the bumble bee conservation website where you can score your garden on its bee friendliness.So cool. I scored about 1500, not sure if that's good or not, but we have mainly all purple plants (apart from the rudbeckia) so I'm hoping it is :)
    I wish I had decking like you!

    ohhellojo.blogspot.com

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  6. I love bees! I've seen quite a few dead ones so far this summer though, it's so sad ): I have lots of those plants in my garden already but I'll be sure to add more, and I'm definitely going to attempt a bee house! Helping them is so so important x

    www.madeleineslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Great post I am definitely going to buy some bee friendly plants when we start coming into spring!

    www.kindoflovely.com

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  8. your photos are so beautifully edited! what do you use to edit them? x x

    kassiella.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Lovely post! I always like seeing bees in the garden and we have some of the plants on your list so hopefully I'll continue to see them. I love your tip about giving bees sugared water - I recently learned this but thankfully haven't seen any bees that look like they need any help!

    Gemma

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  10. These are gorgeous photos, Luke's mum has a beautiful garden! I love bees, I don't have a garden at the moment unfortunately but I do leave the weeds that grow through the cracks in our yard - does that count!? I can't wait to have a proper garden :)

    Jess xo

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  11. Yay for bees! :) (On a non bee-related note - that butterfly is incredible! I love its curly tongue!) Really great and informative post. Apparently another thing to do is to not 'tidy up' your garden too much by getting rid of overgrown patches or piles of logs etc. during winter, as bees tend to use them to hibernate in.

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

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  12. i absolutely love all of these photos! we have a very bee friendly garden at home as my mum loves making our outside space as nature friendly as possible :)

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  13. Hi there! I just discovered your blog through Creative Countryside's lovely list. I adore this post + recently wrote about bees on my blog as well. Beautiful photography + tips! I'm so excited to have stumbled across your lovely blog :)

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  14. I want looking for blogs like this. Thanks for Posting it for us! It really was a good article to read as well.

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