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Bumblebee Conservation Trust Charity Wedding Favours

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Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Bumblebee Conservation Trust charity wedding favours.  We are so excited to be working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to raise funds for the amazing work they do to help our bees!  In association with them, we have created recycled seed packet charity wedding favours – for each packet of seeds sold, 20p goes to the Trust.

Bumblebee on buddleia

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established out of concern for the serious plight of British bees.  They have a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and flowers, supporting a wide diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy.  The charity is a registered charity, No 1115634, Scottish Charity No SC042830.  2016 saw the charity celebrating 10 years of helping our bees!

These charity wedding favours are made from quality recycled manilla paper and contain only British-grown seeds of British wildflower species that bees love – Selfheal, Red Campion, Ox-eye Daisy and Musk Mallow.  The front of the packet is personalised with your wedding details (please advise in the box above) and the back of the packet has the sowing instructions.  You will get around a gram of seeds.

We love bees – let’s help Bumblebee Conservation Trust save them!

(Please note that the back of the packet as shown in the photo has been updated to exclude the 10-year anniversary bit shown in the photograph, now that we are in 2020!)

About the Seeds

Red Campion

Red campionThis pretty wildflower is found in semi shady areas in the wild, such as hedgerows and woodland margins. It produces a proliferation of dark pink flowers during late spring and sometimes longer – great value for money!  As it is a prolific self-seeder, when the flowers have gone over it would be wise to cut off the seedheads unless, of course, you want loads more in your garden every year!

Latin name – silene dioica

Height – 90 cm

Habitat – semi-shade or sun

Perennial

Flowering time – May to September

Particular bees that love Red Campion – short-tongued bumblebees such as the garden bumblebee (bombus hortorum), due to the flower tube being quite small.  Short-tongued bumblebees poke holes in the bottom of the flower tube to gain access to the nectar that is otherwise denied them! Savvy honeybees can also come along and try getting the nectar from the same hole!   Long-horned bees (Eucera longicornis) have also bee seen visiting Red Campion, although this bee is a long-tongued solitary bee,

Female flowers have no pollen, male flowers do, so the bees can only collect pollen from the male flowers.

Selfheal

Selfheal is low-growing, often found in lawns and grassland, meadows and road verges in the wild, growing in patches of purple.  In folk medicine it was thought that Selfheal was good for treating sore throats because its flower head resembles a throat.  Also known as All-heal and Carpenter Herb, among many others.

Latin name – prunella vulgaris

Height – 20 – 30 cm

Flowering time – June to October

Perennial

Habitat – sunny

Particular bees that love Selfheal – bumblebees and honeybees.

Musk Mallow

Pretty pale pink flowers, often found in hedgerows, roadside verges and rough grassland.

Latin name – malva moschata

Height – 80 – 120 cm

Habitat – sunny or partial shade

Flowering time – June to September

Perennial

Habitat -sunny, semi-shade

Particular bees that like Musk Mallow – many bumblebee species like this wildflower, particularly the Red-tailed bumblebee (bombus lapidarius) and the common carder bee (bombus pascorum).

Photo is actually Common Mallow, but Musk Mallow is very similar and a pale pink! Just to give you an idea!

Ox-eye Daisy

Ox-eye Daisy

As the name suggests, this wildflower has yellow and white daisy flowers – but these are bigger than your common lawn daisy!  Very common on roadside verges, meadows and grassland.  Another prolific self-seeder, if you leave the flowerheads on after flowering is over, you will have Ox-eye Daisies everywhere the following year!  Hoverflies and beetles also particularly love Ox-eye Daisies!

Latin name – leucanthemum vulgare

Height – 60 cm

Perennial

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

Particular bees that like Ox-eye Daisy – short-tongued bumblebees, solitary bees (such as mining bees – Andrena, Colletes and Halictus species) and some small black stem-nesting bees, such as Hylaeus species

 

How to Sow Seeds to Help the Bees

Our bee seeds are 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.

Seed sowing instructions