Bee Guide April
01 Apr, 2021
Bee-friendly Plants In Flower
Mid-autumn means the weather is starting to get a lot cooler. Certain summer perennials will be doing their last dash before the temperature drops into the single digits.
Check out our top five flowering plants for bees this April:
Though known as a weed by many lawn fanatics, clover can provide food for bees when other sources are scarce. Sold in our herb and ‘wild pollination’ ranges, clover is a nitrogen-fixing plant, meaning it is able to contribute nitrogen to neighbouring plants in the soil, and help break up compacted soil with their thick root systems.
Bee-friendly Plants Ready For Planting
Autumn is now the time to get all those late-winter to early-summer flowering plants in the ground. Check out our suggestions over the next few months for future flowering plants. If you can't get instore, look at taking some woody cuttings now, or dividing up bulbs for the coming spring.
Plant now for brilliant blooms in early spring - available in stores and online. If you have some already in your garden, divide them up and replant them - creating new patches of these beautiful flowers in your yard or pots. Bees especially love blue crocuses but are happy with yellow, purple and white flowers too.
Monthly Bee Tips
After the latest harsh summer we just had, pest insects are still persistent in autumn. Make sure that you take off flowers that will attract bees on plants that need a good spray, and only spray in the evening to avoid harming them - even when using our recommended organic products.
Keeping a monthly bee-flowering diary can be handy when you are helping to feed bees, you will get used to knowing what is out in flower, and what you might need to continue to help them out!
Bees are attracted to blue flowers, and you might sometimes find that if you wear a blue shirt outside, bumblebees will be attracted to you. Don't be frightened, as they are just checking you out to see if you are a flower, stay still and they will move on after they figure it out.
Having trouble choosing a bee-friendly plant? Talk to one of our staff instore and they will be able to help you with any specific bee-friendly gardening requirements.