Wild flowers

Today I was very pleased to see a bee going repeatedly onto my wild flowers which I grew especially for the bees this year. At first I was extremely disapointed to see that the flowers opened and nothing had arrived but today there was finally a visiting bee. It is very good to think that after raising the plants from seed they are being appreciated by nature.
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,883

    That's very satisfying WG. I'm sure more will turn up soon. Along with the butterflies.

    Today for the first time in years I saw small tortoiseshell investigating the nettles.

    They're along our boundary and  so much at risk from the farmer and his killing sprays

  • Outdoor girlOutdoor girl Posts: 286

    I know what you mean. I only plant bee flowers, mainly to feed our own honeybees. Do I see them - nope! However, I did not expect the wonderful range of other insects  though - bumbles, solitary bees, hoverflies and so on. Our girls are plain ungrateful!

  • At least we can be happy that, even if it is not what we expected or hoped would come, we are helping out another type of wildlife.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,883

    Oh yes. They do as they please,  we can't influence them.

    I'm happy with what turns upimage

  • Newb84Newb84 Posts: 1

    I have some wildflowers growing in pots and the bees rarely visit them. They seem to prefer my Lavender and single Dahlias.

    P.S. Friends of the Earth are doing a 'bee count' if you fancy taking part - http://www.greatbritishbeecount.co.uk/seen-a-bee.php

     

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,884

    I'm more than happy with whatever turns up...........pond and wildflower patch have attracted immense numbers this year .......well, I suppose if I'm honest, most of the garden is a wildflower patch but I enjoy watching everythingimage

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,657

    I saw a bee on my sweet peas the other day which surprised me- I didn't think they were bee friendly...

    I find the bees prefer the cultivated flowers to the wild too- unless I have the wrong kind of wild flowers...oh apart from clover, they love that.

    Also saw what I think was a meadow brown in the garden for the first time - it settled on the buddleia for 2 seconds but maybe the flowers weren't open properly because it kept returning to the bellflowers. Don't have any grass for it though...

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,883

    It's the larvae that need specific food plants.

    Nectar gatherers like anything with a good supply of nectar

  • I have noticed a there are a lot less bees in my garden this year. My pyracantha was covered in flowers and last year was covered in bees and this year nothing! All my plants are bee and butterfly friendly, but there is a distinct lack of buzzing going on. Has anyone else noticed this. I am in the south and wondering if the stormy winter rain has anything to do with it. Or am I worrying to much?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,883

    You're not worrying too much MM

    We should all worry a bit more and make a big effort to encourage the insects and reduce the insecticides

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