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growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

I didn't know until very recently that not all flowers are

good for pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies.

Now that I do though, I would be very grateful if you could

please advise me which are the best wildflowers to grow

to help the bees etc.  Thank you!image

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  • Hi Nutcutlet and Jim,

    This is WAF registered under another name as I didn't get any response

    to my plea for missing toolbar etc. to be replaced!  Now I have all the

    toolbar - so here goes!  Please reply when you see this, so that I know

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,172

    Well at the moment, my teasels are covered in Bumble bees (three different varieties)

    They also like the leeks that have gone to seed, and the lavender.

    Earlier on in the year they were on the foxgloves a lot. Also linaria purpurea.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Outdoor girlOutdoor girl Posts: 286

    Borage & phacelia are both good for honeybees & bumbles.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,172

    They like comfrey flowers as well, but once you've got comfrey you can never get rid of it.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Many thanks folks!  The only one I have from all those you've mentioned

    is the lavender, so lots to keep in mind for next year!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    that's lateral thinking flowersforbees, I'm full of admiration.

    Viper's Bugloss is a bit of a star and marjoram is just starting, (but not wild).

    clovers, red and white dead nettle. I'm not fussy about wild as long as they do the job. so Eryngium giganteum is very busy at the moment. I'll have a wander round tomorrow and see what's attracting them at the moment.

    Pulmonaria is excellent early on and I think one of the species is native, I grow P. rubra because it's so early.

    now you've got a tool bar do we get pics?image

  • FarmergeddunFarmergeddun Posts: 229

    Borage is very good.  You can use the new leaves as a cucumber substitute (in fact it was used in Pimms before people used cucumber) and the blue flowers are edible too.  I put them in ice cubes and they look brill in drinks - a real talking point.

  • i have buddlia,borage, lavender, russian comfrey,plenty to attract bees,but i have not seen a single butterfly all year up to now[except cabbage whites]wonder if there is anything i can add to encourage them?

     

  • Nutcutlet - Thanks for everything - I have just PMd you - figured that out o.k.

    with the toolbar, but I still can't get the picture I want to transfer to the

    message!! The little square box appears in my message box and the

    picture appears uploaded, but I can't get it to transfer no matter what I do!

    will keep trying!
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