Based on the success of our Bee Friendly stone bed at March Street constructed last November we have created a similar bed in Leyland. The important aspect of creating a floral area for Bees and other pollinators is to ensure that the planting is a mixture, flowering at different times of the year. This helps the 1,500+ different species of pollinators to feed for ten months of the year and so be in the best condition to get through Winter.
Another aspect of planting is to ensure that the size of the flowers vary, this is due to Bees having different size tongues, so varied planting best enables supporting a broad variety of species. So when choosing plants consider the sizes of the flowers, the seasons in which they bloom and the amount of pollen the flowers contain.
The planting we have chosen at The Giant Veggie Patch in Leyland comprises of:
- Red valerian
- Poached Egg
If you are interested in identifying the types of pollinators your planting is attracting, this basic BBC printable wall chart is a fine place to start.