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Plant flowers and the bees will follow

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:35pm

 

A world without the buzz of bees would definitely sting. We need bees and other pollinators like the butterfly to help pollinate all our flowers.

Without bees we would have no fruit, cotton, chocolate and much more. So why don't we all do our bit and help the bees?

It's simple, plant flowers and bees will follow.

Why has the bee population been affected so badly? We all know that chemicals have caused great damage but also the reduction of natural hedgerows and cottage gardens has had such a big reduction of pollen rich plants.

We as a nation have fallen in love with large paved areas and big lawns. This is why we need to look outside the box and plant an area specially for our pollinators.

This year Griffins adapted Poulavone Roundabout in Ballincollig, planted it with bee friendly plants and only used bee friendly gardening technique to ensure all the bees were welcome to this roundabout that is the home to five brightly painted bee hives.

We are asking all towns and villages to consider this in their long term plan. Here at Griffins we ask every home owner, school and community to think of bee friendly shrubs and plants in each bed, pot or basket. Most plants are bee friendly as long as they are not double flowers, because the bees find it difficult to reach the pollen inside.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Lavender, catmint, Geranium Rozanne and Coca Cola Sedum will attract bees. They also like primroses and they love the Sugar Rush Primroses and pretty much all roses.

With a mixture of these flowers in your garden, the bees would have pollen all year round.

Now is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs and many of these are bee friendly like muscarii, alliums, single daffodils and the snake head Fritillary are brilliant for our pollinators. We will be adding these to the roundabout in Ballincollig.

If you wish to add in some everygreen shrubs, definitely consider the Mahonia, Cotoneaster, Hebes, Choysia Teneata and Viburnum Tinus.

So will you have bees buzzing around your garden? If you would like further advice, email pictures to Margaret on info@griffinsgardencentre.ie and we will help design a bed for both you and the bees.

Phone Griffins Garden Centre on 021-7334286.

Become a Griffins member and avail of Griffins exclusive offer this September - 30 per cent off garden furniture (excluding bistros and benches), 20 per cent off gardening tools, selected cottage garden plants and more.

See Griffinsgardencentre.ie for all details.

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