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A buzz around the Garden

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Apr 06, 2016

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There is a definite buzz around the garden at the moment with spring in full swing. And with the warmer weather we are set for in the coming weeks and months we will notice not only flowers starting to emerge but we will also see all the wildlife returning to our gardens.

Lavender is a great plant for beesOver the past couple of days in the CountryLife I have even noticed my first bee flying around visiting the vibrant spring flowers that we have on display. In the next few months we will see even more visiting the garden centre because it really is like a non-stop shop for bees in terms of food sources and flowers.

Gardening with bees in mind has definitely grown in popularity over the last number of years as more gardeners become ‘bee aware’ and start to take note of the dwindling numbers of bee populations. I have noticed in recent years more and more gardeners are coming in to the garden centre looking for products that are bee friendly but also plants that will attract wildlife into their gardens.

When you think of a bee friendly garden people assume you need a large garden full of wild flowers or that you even have to have a wildflower meadow. This isn't the case though. It is very easy to create a bee friendly garden by selecting particular  plants that will attract them into the garden.

Even tree blossom can attract beesFor a bee friendly garden diversity is the most important thing to have. Bees will be more attracted to a garden that has a range of different flowers in it so you want to include as many different ones as you can. It is good to have variation in terms of flower colour, scents and shapes but also flowering times. The simpler the flower the more bees will be attracted to it. You want to make sure your garden is full of plants that will offer food to bees right throughout the spring and summer. The longer you have flowers available for bees the longer you will keep bees flying around your garden.

Many people I talk to worry that their gardens will become overrun with bees if they include bee friendly plants. This isn’t really they case, most of the time you won’t even notice them. And as I say to my children bees won’t annoy you until you annoy them first!

Bee Friendly PlantsAs you can see from our list of bee friendly plants it is easy to find plants that carry a second use in the garden.

These plants will not only look great in the garden but have the benefit of being very popular with bees. Everything from decorative flowers to herbs or even blossoms on trees can attract bees to your garden.

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

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