For all you bee-lovers out there! Do your bit to help the bees with our personalised bee happy recycled seed packet wedding favour containing wildflower seeds that bees adore! All the seeds are native wildflower species from British-grown seeds, so are perfect for our British bees. The flowers will come year after year and can even be grown in pots – great for your guests without gardens! The wildflower seeds comprise the following British species – Lesser Knapweed, Birdsfoot trefoil, Field Scabious and Selfheal.
The seed packet wedding favour is made from recycled manilla paper and measures 9 x 12 cm. Please advise your wedding personalisation details in the box above. The seeds are inside a sealed plastic wallet and the sowing instructions are printed on the back. You will get around a gram of seeds.
Just looking at this packet with its busy bees makes us feel all summery! Bee-friendly wedding favours – the bees will love you for it!
How to sow wildflower bee seeds
Our bee happy recycled seed packet wedding favour is very easy to sow – simply choose a sunny, weed-free spot (or a pot of peat-free compost) and sprinkle on the seeds. No need to cover them with soil/compost – just gently press them into the soil. Water well and wait for them to germinate, watering if necessary.
Selfheal is a perennial wildflower providing good groundcover and is also a plant of wildflower meadows. Its mauve flowers bloom May to September. Height about 1 – 2 ft (30 – 60 cm). Also found in scrub, grasslands and wood clearings. Name comes from the medieval German “brunella, derived from die bruen – an affliction of the mouth for which this plant was a remedy. The plant was thought to resemble a throat so, therefore, it followed that it should be used for treating throat problems.
Bees are the plant’s main feeders – a ring of hairs inside the flowers prevents small insects from taking the nectar but not from pollinating. It is also a butterfly plant. Honey lies at the bottom of the corolla tube and protected from tiny insects by a thick hedge of hairs above it. Only bees can fertilise the plant by landing on the lower lip and thrusting their tongues down the tube. At the same time, the anthers drop their pollen on the bee’s head. The corolla resembles a hook and so the plant was thought to heal wounds incurred from sickle and scythe.
A pretty lilac colour wildflower and almost pin cushion-like in appearance. It is also known as Gipsy Rose and Ladies’ Hatpins. It is an attractive plant to bees and butterflies – it is the particular food plant of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and Common Burnet, Lime Speck Pug, Shaded Pug and Narrow Bordered Bee Hawk moth. It is the preferred nectar source for the Small Skipper, Marbled White, Red Admiral, Essex Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. Field Scabious grows to about 2 ft in height. The whole plant, excluding the root, was made into skin ointment for treating scabs, sores, ulcers, gangrene and dandruff. Also used for fever, coughs, pleurisy, lung problems and stitch. Do not try any of these remedies, though, without first consulting a qualified herbal practitioner.
One of our favourite wildflowers here at Wildflower Favours! This wildflower products many stems of gorgeous purple flowers that the bees absolutely love! Can grow as high as 3 ft.
Birdsfoot Trefoil is a low-growing wildflower found in pastures and meadows and other grassland. Its yellow pea-like flowers are magnets for bees!