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Lime flower bee food

Help please,

This winter in my front garden I have cut back six 80 foot high flowering lime trees, which were suffering with wind breakage.  So now there will be no lime flowers this spring for the thousands of bees that feed off the trees. I have a large front garden mostly '50% grass 50% moss and weed. Not much wild flower. So I shall strip back part of the surface and sow bee food annuals - but what ones.? What would lime eating bees prefer? Poor soil over clay.



  • If it provides nectar and pollen, the bees will love them. Key things are to decide which plants you want and then plant large blocks of them as bees learn to specialise on what is available, so providing a large block of, say, Lavender is far better than a couple of plants of one type and a couple of another. Purple is a colour that they are more attracted to than others. Personal favourites are Lavender, Lupin and Foxgloves. You could also just skim the turf off, give it a good forking and then scatter over a good dose of wildflower seeds. You can pretty much guarantee that the bees will like most of that.

  • thank you. x

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,473

    I posted this earlier but it seems to have been deleted.

    You could try pictorial meadows for flower seed for different situations, eg shady.


  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 1,099

    Hi Maggie,

    Bees do adore lime flowers ...  and it makes the most delicious honey ... so I do hope your trees recover.

    You might want to consider big blocks of Phacelia tanacetifolia and/or Borage. Both very pretty ... and both very easy from seed.

    I keep honey bees and find they really like both of these.

    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • Many thanks, I have borage seeds and will order  Phacelia tanacetifolia it looks lovely.

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