Lungworts, dead nettles, bees, and wildflowers

Sometimes, it seems we do not hear nothing but negative news about the loss of biodiversity and the decline of our bee populations. Rather than sitting at home being sad, depressed and gloomy, i do my bit to help our pollinators and help biodiversity and create a so called stepping stone. So much can be achieved in even smaller suburban gardens like mine.

As a passionate wildflower lover, i grow many species in my garden. All of the species share one thing in common: they are all important for biodiversity: they offer pollen, nectar or are food plants for caterpillars of different species of butterflies. Here we go:

Bird’s-foot trefoil is an excellent plant for bees and the caterpillars of the common blue feed on its foliage.

Broad-leaved thyme thrives in this sun-baked corner of the garden. A magnet for all kinds of pollinators and combines well with wild marjoram.

Young crane’s bill (Geranium); crane’s bill is a great plant for bees and other pollinators. It is self seeding.

Crosswort is part of the bedstraw family and when in flower, the air is filled with a lovely scent, first year i am growing this plant now.

Chicory is another plant that is easy to grow; Here a solitary bee collecting lots and lots of pollen. Isn’t that simply beautiful? Bee is either plasterer bee (colletes) or Dasypoda altercator.

In spring when you grow common lungwort in your garden, you are likely to see Hairy-Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) feeding on this plant:

I love lamiums; now that winter aconites are setting seeds as well as crocus, lamiums and lungworts are welcoming bees and bumblebees love them!

One of the best plants for bees i discovered is wild mignonnette or reseda lutea. It was a true magnet and there were loads of bees feeding on this plant, gathering both pollen and nectar. 

In my garden, i have lots of solitary bees, some feed on corn marigold for example:

Here is where they nest:

May your garden be filled with bees and butterflies!

About mybiodiversitygarden

Trying to raise awareness & share information about ecology and biodiversity and what gardeners can do to attract more wildlife
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