Bee Plant List Almond, Prunus dulcis Allium, Allium Bell flower, Campanula Bergamot, Monarda Blue globe thistle, Echinops Borage, Borago officinali Blackberry, Rubus Blackthorn (Sloe), Prunus spinosa Brassicas (left to flower ) Broad bean, Vicia faba Broom, Cytisus Candy tuft, Iberis Canterbury bells, Campanula Catmint, Nepeta Chives, Allium schoenoprasum Columbine, Aquiligia Comfrey, Symphytum officinalis Cone flower, Echinacea Corn flower, Centaurea cyanus Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus Courgette, Curcubita Dead nettles, Lamium Ever lasting sweet pea, Lathyrus grandiflora Field garlic, Allium oleraceum Forget me nots, Myosotis Fox glove, Digitalis French marigolds, Tagetes Geranium (old fashioned hardy) maculatum Giant bell flower, Campanula latifolia Globe artichoke, Cynara cardunculus Golden rod, Solidago Gorse, Ulex europaeus Grape hyacinth, Muscari Hazel, Corylus Heather, Erica and Ling Holly, Ilex Holly hock, Alcea rosea Honesty, Lunaria annua Honey suckle, Lonicera Horse chestnut, Aesculus Copyright BuzzWorks (Jan 2015) Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis Ice plant, Sedum Ivy, Hedera Knapweed, Centaurea nigra Liatris , Liatris spicata Lavender, Lavandula Leek, Allium porrum Love-in –the-mist, Nigella Lungwort, Pulmonaria Marigold, Calendula Mint, Mentha Musk mallow, Malva moschata Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus Oriental poppy, Papaver orientalis Poached egg plant, Linmanthes douglasii Poppy, Papaver Potato Vine, Solanum jasminoides Primrose, Primula vulgaris Purple toadflax,Linaria purpurea Raspberry, Rubus idaeas Red campion, Silene dioica Red clover, Trifolium pratense Red hot poker, Kniphofia Rocket , Eruca vesicaria Rosemary, Rosmarinus Runner bean, Phaseolus coccineus Sage, Salvia officinalis Salvia, Salvia Scabious, Scabiosa Snap dragon, Antirrhinum Strawberry, Fragaria Sun flower, Helianthus Sweet pea, Lathyrus Thrift, Armeria maritime Thyme, Thymus Verbena, Verbena bonariensis Wall flower, Cherianthus White clover, Trifolium ripens Wild marjoram, Origanum vulgare Wild strawberry, Fragaria vesca Willow herb, Epilobium BuzzWorks is run by volunteer beekeepers and gardeners to increase public awareness of the importance of bees to the environment and how to help them thrive. BuzzWorks includes a Bee Flower Garden, an educational exhibition about the world of the bee, a demonstration area, a plant nursery and an apiary. BuzzWorks is open to visitors for one afternoon each month between May and September. See www.buzzworks.org.uk for details. Discovery Centre Bee Garden Information Group visits by arrangement. Find us on the edge of the Old Hale Way Allotments, at the end of the track next to 178 Old Hale Way, BuzzWorks Hitchin SG5 1XT Car park To Ickleford 178 Allotments Old Hale Way To Hitchin Town centre To join the Buzzworks team - or arrange a group visit - contact Buzzworks Administrator by email at [email protected] The garden is part of BuzzWorks Bee Discovery And many more.... Over 60 of the plants above are on display in the BuzzWorks Flower Garden Hitchin’s Bee Disabled and limited parking is available at the site. Please park in Old Hale Way if full. Centre which includes an exhibition on the world of the honeybee. Jan 2015 How Bees make Honey Bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers. They carry the nectar back to the hive in their honey stomachs and pollen in pollen baskets on their hind legs. The nectar is stored in wax cells, where the bees evaporate the excess water and add enzymes to make honey. The honey provides food for the bees over winter enabling the colony to survive from year to year. Watch bees at work in the Observation Hive . Bee Friendly Gardens Gardens and allotments can provide the diversity of plants needed to feed bees continually from February to the end of October. Plant a variety of annuals, biannuals and perennials in large groups, including vegetables, fruit trees and shrubs. Ponds with pebble or gravel banks enable the bees to drink safely from pockets of warm water. Copyright BuzzWorks (Jan 2015) Honey bees on a poached egg plant & a wild bee on comfrey Why honeybees and wild bees need your help In the last 50 years the habitat for wild bees and beneficial flowering plants has been greatly reduced. The number of honeybee colonies has also declined over the last 20 years since the arrival of varroa mites to the UK, which transmit viruses that lower bees’ resistance to disease. Honey bees cannot now survive without beekeepers to look after them and flowers to feed from. Gardening tip Add plants that are rich in pollen and nectar to your garden Everlasting sweet pea Lathyrus grandiflora Hardy, perennial climber, up to 1.5m. Dark or pale pink flowers. Needs sun and good drainage. Sow from March/May or Sept/Nov. Lightly fork and rake over weed free soil. Sow in clusters of 5 – 10 seeds over an area of about 20 cm square. Or sow in a 20 cm pot to plant out April/May. Water the area well and again in dry weather. Grow next to a supporting structure Collect your own seed for next year Sweet pea seeds are formed in pods; collect the pods just before they split open. Put in an envelope and store in a cool dry place.
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