Friday 19 April 2019

CorkHi| Lo

Cork Independent

Home & Property

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 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 for all details.

ePaper Service

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8
Desktop, Tablet & Smartphone friendly
Cookies on Cork Independent website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Cork Independent website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Cork Independent use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message