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bodger

I don't need convincing

I don't need convincing and I'm sure that you don't but others do.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24555853

If its not a matter of convincing, then maybe its a matter of better informing the public.
Digindeep

Certainly don't need convincing.
At the moment I'm planning the next flower bed. As all the plants bought with us when moving here are now used and planted, I'm slowly collecting more. Lavender and a few others mentioned in the article already potted up ready for planting out.
Just wish with all of these articles they would give a complete list of plants used, it would certainly help me at the moment.
Perhaps others can add their favourite " Bee plants".
bodger

Borrage as long as you can control its spread is a must.
Digindeep

This garden was and is in part full of the bally stuff....still fighting the battle , thanks but no thank you  
hughesy

And don't forget if you're reseeding a field get some clover in there the bees love it. I'd love to try some honey from bees near a lavender farm. Dunno if I'd like it but I'd love to try it.
sandrar

I find any herbs left to go to flower, especially marjoram are loved by bees. Mint and sage are favourites too.
Pembroke

The thing that annoys me most about this type of article is that they talk about pollinators but then illustrate it exclusively with pictures of bees.

They seem to conveniently forget that in the spring before our honey bees and the butterfly's are out it's the bumbles and garden flys and other less photogenic insects that do most of the pollinating.

But then I suspect if you went to the average suburbanite and said to them a bluebottle probably pollinated that apple tree for you they wouldn't read any of this type of article ever again and in the long run we'd all be worse off.
sod

Pembroke wrote:
The thing that annoys me most about this type of article is that they talk about pollinators but then illustrate it exclusively with pictures of bees.

They seem to conveniently forget that in the spring before our honey bees and the butterfly's are out it's the bumbles and garden flys and other less photogenic insects that do most of the pollinating.

But then I suspect if you went to the average suburbanite and said to them a bluebottle probably pollinated that apple tree for you they wouldn't read any of this type of article ever again and in the long run we'd all be worse off.


Very true and the Bumble bees are so important for such as red clover here. We just plant flowering plants   one is a yellow daisy bush that flowers all year round here an spreads like a weed so on winter days is covered in all sorts.
rhino

http://qz.com/107970/scientists-d...s-and-its-worse-than-you-thought/

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