There is quite a buzz in the garden in the low Autumn sun as pollinators jostle for space on late flowering, nectar-rich plants.
Clear favourites are
- Verbena bonariensis,
- Sedum spectabile
Herbs too are clear favourites.
Colony Collapse Disorder
I think all of us must be aware now of the global crisis concerning the fall in bee numbers – Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Insect pollination is essential for many crops, particularly fruit, which we depend on.
One in three mouthfuls of what we eat needs to be pollinated.
As gardeners, we can help alleviate the problem by avoiding pesticides and providing adequate food and habitats for them.
So, now that’s its autumn, you may be reviewing your planting …. perhaps you can spare a thought for the bees.
What bees like :
- plants in the blue/mauve spectrum
- native plants; hybridisation has reduced available pollen/nectar
- a succession of flowering plants throughout the growing season
- feeding in sunny, sheltered areas
- wilder areas to forage
Maybe a meadow instead of a lawn?
Imagine what we gardeners could do if we took action to save our bees?
(All photography mine; feel free to use any of Jardin’s images but please credit and link back)