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Monthly bee page – February
Bee-friendly plants out in flower
While we are taking shelter from the summer’s extreme heat this month, the bees are working tirelessly to fill their stores for winter. Check out these fantastic bee and pollinator friendly plants this month!
A hardy perennial herb that comes from the carrot family, fennel is easy to grow and beloved by bees and butterflies alike.
An absolutely gorgeous plant that can be grown both indoors and outside in the garden. The brilliant coloured leaves consisting of reds, pinks, purples and greens attract the humans, and their little blue flowers attract the bees.
Plumbago - Instore
A sweet, five-petalled flowering shrub that the bees absolutely love, especially the flowers of the blue plumbago. Prized for its extensive flowering time, high pest and disease resistance and drought tolerance.
Aka African Daisies. Another drought-tolerant plant that flowers over an extended period of time, the gazania is a hardy perennial that produces brilliant red, orange, yellow, white and pink mixed daisy-like flowers. Can also be used as ground cover.
Flowering like crazy, the salvias have always been a bee favourite. Easy to grow, salvias may need a little more watering but are well worth having in the garden.
Bee-friendly plants ready for planting
Remember to keep the water on your newly planted bee and pollinator-friendly plants, mulch to lock in the moisture and add SATURAID granules to plants in pots or dry areas.
It’s not too late to plant sunflowers in your garden! Get in quick to enjoy sun-faced flowers that can range from 30cm to 6mtall!
Sweet ornamental plants on delicate stems that produce gorgeous, soft flowers with an array of brightly coloured petals. Great for encouraging both bees and butterflies into your garden.
A popular vine used as a ground cover. Grown for its edible flowers and leaves, the nasturtium’s brightly coloured flower will also be enjoyed by our fuzzy bee friends.
Lacebark - Instore
Endemic to New Zealand, lacebark (aka New Zealand Mellow) is great when used for screening, producing clusters of white flowers in spring.
Five-Finger plant - Instore
Native to New Zealand, the Five Finger (or Pseudopanax Arboreus) is commonly found in both North and South Island forests, producing bunches of tiny yellow to red flowers.
* An absolute bee favourite.
Monthly bee tip:
If you have a small patch of garden on your property that doesn’t get much attention, try throwing a small handful of pollinators-blend seed mix over it and water well. Too many seeds in your hand? Mix it with sand in your hand so you can control the amount of seed that is distributed.
Get involved with your community to learn how you can help your local bees thrive with different plants and planting techniques. Check out our bee-enthusiast partners, For The Love Of Bees, on their website www.Fortheloveofbees.co.nz, or follow them on Facebook for more info.