It’s still a little early to see bumble bees . But the ones you’re seeing now are out to find they’re new nesting site so it’s a good time to start looking at flowers that will encourage them if you want to help these struggling and vital insects .
I have a few favourites that always seem to be swarming with bees .
Buddleia are a very good attraction to bees and butterflies hence common name “butterfly bush ” it’s really easy to grow and maintain plus you get the best of both worlds with aromatic flowers.
Forget Me Not
although I advise against these if you have dogs as they’re poisonous to them
( very vibrant colours and extremely aromatic )
Another good idea is to try a cottage garden seed mix simply scatter and see what happens.
If you want to buy bedding plants . I’ve found poppies , French marigolds and cosmos also draw our striped friends in.
If you plant just a few of these plants in your garden you will see an increase of bees in your garden .
Have you ever looked closely at a bumble bee ? There are around 24 species of bumble be and nearly 250 species of bees in the UK!
When these furry friends do make their way into my garden I will be sure to share more with you, but for now- why not get your garden bee ready?