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Bee Friendly Flower Bulbs

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Flower bulbs for bees and bumblebees are something that many gardening friends have not even thought about.

   
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Allium moly

Golden garlic

£2.30 *

Alpine Squill

Scilla bifolia

£4.90 *

Alpine Squill 'Rosea'

Scilla bifolia 'Rosea'

£5.40 *

Azure Grape Hyacinth

Muscari azureum

£4.40 *

Botanical Crocus 'Cream Beauty'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty'

£3.70 *

Botanical Crocus 'Romance'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Romance'

£2.80 *

Botanical Crocus 'Spring Beauty'

Crocus minimus 'Spring Beauty'

£5.90 *

Common Snowdrop

Galanthus nivalis

£5.40 *

Crocus

Crocus korolkowii

£4.40 *

Early Crocus

Crocus tommasinianus

£3.70 *

Early Crocus 'Barr's Purple'

Crocus tommasinianus 'Barr's Purple'

£3.20 *

   
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More useful information about Bee Friendly Flower Bulbs

Most think that when insects arrive in the garden they head straight to annual summer flowers or bee-friendly flowering shrubs and perennials. But in the spring, insect species such as honeybees and bumblebees as well as other wild bees rely on early flowering bulbs and tubers. If they find enough nectar and pollen early in the spring, they will be able to grow and become strong. Therefore, it is worthwhile to take a closer look at the variety of flower bulbs under this aspect. Especially important are the early flowering plants. All kinds of crocuses , snowdrops , grape hyacinths, anemones and later in spring the diverse species of wild and natural tulips and daffodils as well as many other types of flower bulbs are all popular sources of nectar. Even butterflies are happy in the spring with the bee-friendly species of tubers and bulbous flowers because they are also dependent on food at this time of year. That's why it pays off to consciously select bee-friendly flower bulbs in every garden and to plant bulbs for bees in containers and pots. These plants do not need a lot of space and there is certainly a free corner in every garden and also on the balcony or on the terrace to add a handful of bee-friendly bulb flowers and tubers.

Bee Friendly Crocuses

Crocuses are among the best flower bulbs for bees. Early in the year, they are extremely grateful for every source of nectar they can find. Very early, the small wild Crocus tommasinianus, often shows up in late winter. The flowers of these grateful plants are narrow and only a few inches long; they have a pronounced, white tube. Depending on the variety, they vary from lilac to reddish-purple to white flowers. These bee-friendly flowers often look as if the flowers were silvery. The wild form of Crocus korolkowii also blooms in late winter when the garden wakes up. This early bloomer tempts the bees and bumblebees with golden-yellow flowers, which are decorated on the outer edges with purple stripes. A little later, the Crocus minimus blooms with its lilac-coloured flowers. Originally from Corsica, it literally enchants flying guests with dark purple, veined, spotted and feathery petals that often turn yellow at the base. Also, the classic large-flowered hybrids of spring crocuses are popular flower bulbs for nectar-seeking guests. The varieties 'Joan of Arc', 'Remembrance', 'Vanguard', 'Yellow Mammoth' and 'Striped Beauty' are among the classics in every spring garden. These large crocus hybrids look best when they flower in a large area and when they are colourfully mixed in a lawn. Incidentally, it does not matter to the bees whether it's a wild form or a hybrid, provided they supply them with nectar and pollen.

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The Best Bee Daffodils

Daffodils are not all equally popular with bees and other insects. Some smell strong and also have a lot of nectar. Others are formed in such a way that the flying guests have little access; double-flowered species, for example, are not bee-friendly. Among the best Narcissus for the bee-friendly garden are the old pheasant’s eye daffodils, Narcissus poeticus, which bloom quite late in the spring. These near-natural plants provide plenty of nectar and pollen, and they also smell intense to attract the bees. A wild meadow full of old pheasant’s eye daffodils must seem like a paradise to bees. Also very popular among the bees and other insects is the wild Narcissus odorus. This is a hybrid of two wild daffodil species. They originated from a cross between the wild Narcissus jonquilla and the similar wild form Narcissus pseudonarcissus, which are the classic yellow wild daffodils that are native to Germany and Switzerland. Narcissus odorus has slightly larger, very intense fragrant flowers, and appears in early spring. Incidentally, the very early-flowering cyclamen-flowered daffodils 'February Gold' are often visited by bees early in the spring. And that's probably not because of the intensity of their flowers, but quite simply because the supply of nectar and pollen is still limited so early in the year. The bees and bumblebees fly all the more thankfully to those little golden yellow daffodils.

The Best Bee-friendly Tulips

Even with the tulips, not all varieties are equally well suited for a bee-friendly insect garden. The most bee-friendly are the natural wild tulips with their open, fragrant flowers. Tulipa linifolia tempts the filigree guests with its bowl-shaped, bright red flowers, which can be up to eight centimetres wide. The stamens of these early-flowering plants have either dark purple or yellow anthers and black or sometimes yellow stamens, which they freely present in early to mid-spring. For those who like it a little more discreet, can do the bees a favour with the Tulipa bakeri Lilac, whose flowers attract the nectar-hungry insects in the most delicate pink and yellow-tinged colours. Another classic among the bee-friendly flower bulbs is Tulipa turkestanica. These bulbous flowers bloom in white and yellow in early and mid-spring, and up to twelve, star-shaped, white flowers open on the individual flower spikes, which are quite stinking for human noses. The insects, however, probably perceive the smell different and visit them briskly. The pretty, star-like flowers are greenish, grey or pink on the outside and the flower stalks are hairy. The stamens have purplish anthers and yellow stamens on top. This tulip provides plenty of food for insects even if it should not be planted near a patio in the garden because of its smell.

Other Flower Bulbs for Bees

Other bee-friendly tuberous plants such as anemones (Anemone nemorosa), ray anemones (Anemone blanda) as well as early bloomers like winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) are often a treat for flying visitors. For the bees, these plants, which grow from tubers and not from bulbs, are welcome because they provide nectar and pollen early in the spring. The small early-blooming flower bulbs, including grape hyacinths (Muscari) and Scilla, are insect-friendly and they are often visited by bees. Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are also welcome in this regard, although the approach of the hanging bells for the bees is certainly associated with a little more effort, and for a bumblebee, the flowers are sometimes simply too small. Something more practical to fly to are the larger flowers of the spring snowflakes (Leucojum vernum), which, however, open later in the spring. The different varieties of ornamental onion (Allium) also appear later in the spring and they can be offered to the bees. Here, the butterflies appear quite numerous, which like to sway on the funny globe-shaped flowers of the ornamental onion.

Plant Flower Bulbs for Bees in Autumn

Flower bulbs for bees should always be planted from early autumn to late autumn. For each bulb, dig out a hole twice as deep as the length of the bulb. Also in the width, it should be about twice as large as the bulb. In rather damp soil, you make the hole a little deeper and put one centimetre of sand into it. This sand bed prevents the flower bulbs from rotting. The best planting time for the vast majority of flower bulbs is early in the autumn, starting in September and especially in October. Particularly small bulbs such as crocuses and snowdrops can be planted in November as long as the soil is still frost-free. But it is better for the bulbs and tubers if they are planted early in autumn in still slightly warm soil so that they can form the first roots before the winter starts.  If you plant insect-friendly flower bulbs in tubs and pots, you should use good potting soil and place the pots outside, but not in the coldest place in the garden. In a sunny, sheltered location, flower bulbs will thrive best for the bees.

Maintaining Flower Bulbs for Bees Properly

The most important thing when gardening for insects is the following: Do not use poison and no insecticides either. If you follow that advice then you will be able to encourage insects into your garden and help the bees. An important care step for bee-friendly flower bulbs in the garden and on the balcony is this: after flowering, remove the seeds so that all of the strength can withdraw into the bulbs. The vast majority of bulb flowers reproduce better with daughter bulbs than via seeds. However, larger colonies of wild species can be easily gathered without cutting away the withered flowers. Secondly, with all bulbous and tuberous plants, it is very important that the foliage is not cut away before it has withered completely. The bulbs regain their strength after flowering and gather food for the next year. At this stage of regression, they may also be fertilised again. This means that meadows with overgrown bulb flowers must never be mown too early. Otherwise, care should be taken when growing bee-friendly bulb flowers that some species such as crocuses and tulips like to be hot and dry in the summer. They should be planted in a suitable location. Narcissi, however, like to have it somewhat moister all year round. These flower bulbs for bees must be watered regularly during a dry period in the garden and especially when planted in containers. Wild tulips, on the other hand, should not be watered if possible.

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