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Bee Friendly Gardens

 

Oderings is laying down a challenge to our customers - develop an urban honey bee garden. We invite you and your family down to your local garden centre to create a ‘Bee Palace’ for these buzzy pollinators.

 

Like all living organisms, bees have their place in our ecosystems, and they have a vital role to play. Without the humble bee's assistance in helping us to grow the beautiful berries, fruit and healthy vegetables we love, we could lose a large chunk of agricultural crops that we take for granted.

 

In New Zealand we often hear about the decline in honey bee numbers. Sadly, bees are now under attack because of such threats as the varroa mite, which, if an infestation occurs, can wipe out whole hives. They are also affected by toxic garden sprays and the lack of natural habitat. Honey bees need pollen and nectar to survive which is why we challenge you to make your garden a honey bee palace.

 

Time to get planning! Here are flowers loved by bees.

 

Annual Flowers 

Alyssum

Alyssum

Antirrhnum

Antirrhinum

Cosmos

Cosmos

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Phacelia

Phacelia

Sunflower

Sunflowers

Zinnias

Zinnias

Verbena

Verbena

 

 

Shrubs 

Lavender

Lavender

Citrus Flower

Citrus 

Erica

Erica

Flax

Flax

Fuchsia

Fushia

Manuka

Manuka

rosemary

Rosemary

Prunus

Prunus

Old Fashioned Rose

Old Fashioned Roses

 

 

 Perennials 

Cornflower

Cornflower

Fed Daisy

Federation Daisy

Foxglove

Fox Glove

Gaillardia

Gaillardia

Lambs Ear

Lambs Ear

Sage

Sage

Echinacea

Echinacea

Penstemon

Penstemon

Scabiosa

Scabiosa

 

 

 

Tips:

• Bees love water so find a little area where you can place a bird bath or small pond. They use the water to cool down the hive.
• Make sure you mass plant the same flowers. Bees will work on one spot for at least ten hours and like to collect from the same type of flower.
• Be bee aware: who would have thought some organic garden insecticides are very toxic to bees. Ask us in store about which ones are bee friendly.

 

So jump on board the bee friendly garden wagon and help contribute to continuing the survival of bees.

 

 

 

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#1fred04/03/201615:17Tui shots how Bee friendly are they compared to other insecticides available on the market.
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