After seeing the inspiring TED talk from Marla Spivak, “Why bees are disappearing”, I’ve added a bee saving service to my range of garden design services. Marla offers real hope of turning around the drastic fall in the bee population by the easy and direct action of “Just plant more flowers”.
Let me advise you on which flowers are bee friendly and where to plant them so you can help save our bees.
Marla suggests choosing plants that are native to your area. We know these will grow well and by selecting those that are rich in pollen we will attract many bees to visit. Once we have chosen your bee friendly plants, we can have fun planting them in as many places as we can think of. Sprinkling them through an ornamental flower border is easy, but why stop there? Why not add them to your lawn too. You do not need to have a large lawn to create a flowering meadow.
Set aside a strip and plant flowering annuals and perennials into the grass and this will give bees food throughout the summer. However small your space, even a few pots by the front door will keep bees happy. I am sure we can come up with lots of ideas for filling your garden with flowers and bees. You might be surprised at how many plants that bees love you have in your garden already.
Of course, the bigger picture is to plant up our roadsides, roundabouts and public parks and gardens. Farmers need to plant up their set asides and the hedgerows with bee friendly plants. Marla’s TED talk explains what we can do now as well as the causes of the decline in bee numbers.
If you want to look after your local bees, I would be delighted to talk to you about what you can do in your own garden to help.