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Buglife Seed Packet Charity Wedding Favour

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Buglife logoWe have teamed up with the amazing Buglife to create this charity wedding favour to help support them in their work – a 20p donation from every packet sold will go to Buglife to help them continue their important work.  As Sir David Attenborough said – “If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.”

Insects are vital for life on Earth and some are disappearing at an alarming rate.   Buglife is the only charity in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, and is actively working to save Britain’s rarest bugs, bees, butterflies, ants, worms, beetles and many more fascinating invertebrates. Further information is available on Buglife’s website at www.buglife.org.uk

Each donation to Buglife provides enough seed to sow three square metres of wildflower meadow providing vital homes and nourishment for our RHS Plants for Pollinatorspollinators. Helping to reverse the decline that has seen the loss of over 97% of the UKs wildflower rich meadow since 1945.

The seed packets are recycled and measure 9 x 12 cm.  The seeds inside are British wildflower species (so perfect for our native bugs!), the seeds also being grown in the UK.   You will get around a gram of seeds in a paper sachet.  Your names and wedding date are added to the packet (please advise personalisation in the box above) and the sowing instructions and donation details are printed on the back.  Please consider a charity wedding favour to help our insects.

These seeds are viable for a few years so if you are not using them in the near future just store them somewhere cool and dry out of direct sunlight.

 “I picked these seed packets to provide a donation to Buglife and loved the way they were personalised. They came beautifully packaged as well. Definitely recommended.” (review from one of our lovely customers!)

About the Seeds

Cornflower

Bee on cornflower

This pretty wildflower was once common in the wild  cornfields but is now very rare in the wild, having been eradicated by farmers.  The flowers are blue and “fluffy” and much loved by bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees..  All members of the centaurea family are rich in nectar.

Latin name – centaurea cyanus

Height – 60 cm

Habitat – sun

Annual

Flowering time – June to August

Corn Marigold

corn marigold2

Corn Marigold is popular with butterflies, bees and other bugs. Its vibrant yellow flowers are fabulous

Latin name – chrysanthemum segetum

Height – 60 cm

Flowering time – June to August

Annual

Habitat – sunny

 

Poppy

Poppy with hoverfliesFamiliar red flowers sometimes seen in field margins in the wild, or, rarely, abundant in fields.  Poppies are also wild grassland and meadow flowers.

Latin name – papaver rhoeas

Height – up to 60 cm

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – June to September

Hardy annual.

Poppies produce abundant pollen, which is generally very dark in colour. Bumblebees and honeybees in particular seem to like it.  Some reports suggest that poppies may have a bit of a narcotic effect on bees, someone in Germany noting that when his honeybees had been on poppies, they had trouble finding the entrance to their hive!  Hoverflies also really like poppies.

Corn Chamomile

Corn chamomileAs the name suggests, this wildflower has yellow and white chamomile-like flowers.  Common in fields, meadows and grassland.

Latin name – anthemis arvensis

Height – 40 cm

Hardy annual

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

Corn Chamomile provide nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

Bunting

Up to around 60 cm.

Hardy annuals

Full sun

Poppy – red

Cornflower – blue

Corn Marigold – yellow

Corn Chamomile – white daisy flower swith yellow centres

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