Our British bees are in a bad way, with numbers declining dramatically, so they need as much help from us as they can. This recycled Meant to Bee seed packet wedding favour contains wildflower seeds that will attract bees to your garden (Birds Foot Trefoil, Selfheal, Lesser Knapweed and Field Scabious) and is the perfect way to encourage your guests to do their bit to save our bees! The seeds can be sown directly on to the soil or are great for growing in pots too (if your guests have no garden). The seeds have also been grown in the UK and are British wildflower species. You will get around a gram of seeds.
Each seed packet wedding favour is made from recycled manilla paper and measures 9 x 12 cm. The seeds are inside in a sealed plastic wallet and the sowing instructions are printed on the back. Please advise your wedding details in the box above.
How to sow wildflower seeds
These wildflower seeds are so 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.
Field Scabious is a pretty lilac colour 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!
Birds Foot Trefoil
Low-growing meadow wildflower, flowering from May to October. Very popular with both butterflies and bees, particularly the Common Blue butterfly. It has around 70 common old English names, including Bacon and Eggs and Lady’s Slipper.
Very pretty purple wildflower, belonging to the mint family. Perennial and low-growing, bees love this plant! The plant’s flowers were believed to resemble a throat and so were deemed useful for throat ailments. It also has many other medicinal uses – but please consult a qualified practitioner before using!
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. 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.