Hi! I’m Woody the Acorn and I’m going to be sharing 5 ideas for a Bee friendly garden with you. I love all insects but my favourite are our VIPs, Very Important Pollinators! Bees are vital to both pollinate the food we need to survive, and to pollinate many of the trees and flowers that provide homes and habitats for other important mini-beasts and insects.
We all live in different types of houses from farms to flat, (and trees and woods as in the case of Bertie and I!) and all with different types of outdoor spaces. However no matter how big or small your outdoor space is, everyone can get involved with my 5 ideas for a Bee friendly garden!
Plant their favourite flowers
Did you know that they can bees can see the colours blue and purple best? They think lavender, cornflowers and foxgloves are particularly tasty! Try planting some more of these colourful plants and flowers and see the bees buzz around your garden!
Give Bees an easy target
Choose flowers that are shaped like a daisy, with single petals that are easier for bees to get past. They have more nectar, and the larger centre of the flower is a nice easy target for bees to land on.
Plant flowers and shrubs for all seasons
Bees love dandelions & daisies in the spring and these flowers have plenty of lovely nectar to choose from in the summer. Try planting ivy for some autumn food, and leave a little saucer of sugar water solution for them in the winter.
Let it grow wild!
If you have a garden, let the grass grow a little longer – daisies, buttercups and dandelions are perfect spring food for bees and these types of wildflowers thrive in longer grass. Why not leave a section of your garden that stays ‘wild’, so they are always welcome?
Leave them a drink
Pollinating is thirsty work! Whether you have a pond or a shallow plant pot saucer, make sure that bees have something to stand on while they quench their thirst – a cork, stone or rock is ideal.
We’d love to see how you make your outdoor spaces bee-utiful – remember to tag us in your photos on our social pages. Which plants did you choose?
For more interesting bee facts check out Woody’s facts about bees here, and for some super-cute bee gifts for newborns through to birthday ideas for older cubs, check out our lovely collection of Bee clothes, gifts and toys here on our website.