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Bee Happy Seed Packet Design 2

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RHS Plants for PollinatorsWant to help the bees?  Give the gift of nature with our Bee Happy! seed packet!  This seed packet wedding favour is personalised with your wedding details – please enter them in the box above.  These packets can also be personalised for any other event, or, for business, have a logo added.

Each seed packet is completely recycled, made from quality 115 gsm recycled paper, and measures 9 x 12 cm. The reverse of the packet details the seeds inside and the sowing instructions.  The seeds inside are in a paper sachet (not foil and plastic) and  are perfect for bees (and other insects too!) – Selfheal, White Campion, Ox-eye Daisy and Lesser Knapweed  They are also grown in the UK and are native UK species.  If you are not using the seeds for a while, they are viable for a few years and are easy to store by keeping them somewhere cool and dry out of direct sunlight.

By giving these seed packets as a gift, you are helping the environment and our declining bee and butterfly populations – grow the love and Nature will love you back!

About the Seeds

White Campion

White campion

This pretty wildflower is found open wasteground, hedgerows and meadows. It produces a proliferation of white flowers from May to September – great value for money!

Latin name – silene latifolia

Height – 90 cm

Habitat – semi-shade or sun

Perennial

Flowering time – May to October

White Campion is also a popular moth plant, attracting Marbled Coronet, Marbled Clover and Sandy Carpet moths.

 

Selfheal

SelfhealSelfheal 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.

 

Lesser Knapweed

Bee on Lesser Knapweed

Hardy perennial and member of the Daisy family, found on cliffs and grassland. It has deep-pink, many-petalled flowers opening out from a hard bud. Grows to 65 cm (25.5 in).  It is tolerant of coastal conditions and fairly drought-resistant.  Flowers all summer.

Bees are very attracted to Lesser Knapweed! The plant attracts butterflies – particularly Tortoiseshell and Painted Ladies, Satyr Pug, Silver Y  and Lime Speck Pug moths, and birds like the seeds.  Other butterflies – Comma, Silver Washed fritillary, Marbled White, Meadow brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Silver Spotted Skipper, Chalkhill Blue, Adonis, Brimstone.So, all in all, a very useful plant for pollinators!

In folklore it is claimed that if a maiden picks a flower, removes the expanded florets and places the flowerhead inside her blouse for an hour, if the unexpanded florets have blossomed when the plant is removed then she will soon see the man she is to marry.

Was used in medieval times to treat vaginal bleeding and cancer.  Lesser Knapweed root can be made into an ointment to treat cuts and bruises.  Please note – this is for info only, always consult a qualified herbal practitioner before using!

Latin name – centaurea nigra

Height – 65 cm

Perennial

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

 

Ox-eye Daisy

Ox-eye DaisyAs 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

Early to late summer

Up to around 60 cm

Perennial

Sun or semi-shade

Red Campion – dark pink

Selfheal – purple

Ox-eye Daisy – white daisy flowers with yellow centres

Musk Mallow – lilac-pink

We say to allow 14 days plus delivery time for your order.  It really depends on the time of year and how busy we are.  Orders are also opened in strict order of receipt so please do not put a message on your order form about delivery as it won’t be seen until we get to your order – and by then it might be too late!  If you need your order quite soon or urgently, please call or email us and we will do our best to accommodate your deadline.  Full delivery information can be read here.

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