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Friends of the Earth Bee Cause Charity Wedding Favours

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We are thrilled to be working with Friends of the Earth in supporting their Bee Cause campaign with these charity wedding favours.  Friends of the Earth stand for:

  • A beautiful world
    We depend on the planet, so let’s keep it in good shape.
  • A good life
    A healthy planet is one that works for people too.
  • A positive relationship with the environment
    Acting together for the planet and everyone who lives on it.

Bees are vital for the future of our planet.  Friends of the Earth are supporting the Bee Cause to protect all of Britain’s 270 bee species from pesticides, climate change and habitat loss.  By buying these Friends of the Earth seed packets as your wedding favours you, too, are helping save bees.  For every charity wedding favour seed packet sold, we will donate 50p to Friends of the Earth, charity number 281681.

Friends of the Earth are also campaigning to ban the use of pesticides in nature – please sign their petition here if you want to help stop the use of pesticides in the countryside.  In a trial, an area the size of 3000 football pitches proved that neonicotinoid chemical harm bees.  Farmers need bees – it would cost the farming industry £1.8 billion to pollinate their crops without bees.

RHS Plants for Pollinators

The seed packets are made from recycled manilla paper and contain Selfheal, Musk Mallow, Ox-eye Daisy and Red Campion seeds in a paper sachet (not plastic and foil) – all wildflowers that bees love.  Your personalisation details are added to the front of the packet – please advise these in tthe box above.

By planting seeds for our native bees, you are helping Nature in so many ways.  By giving your guests these seeds you are also encouraging more people to grow wildflowers to help the bees.  Grow the wildflower love!

“Excellent wedding favours. Prompt delivery. Lots of comments from guests who loved them.” (happy customer review!)

Bee in Viper's Bugloss

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

Generally May to September, can be earlier or longer.  The plants may not flower the first year.

Up to around 60 cm.

Hardy perennials

Sun or partial shade

Musk Mallow – pink

Selfheal – purple

Ox-eye Daisy – white flowers with yellow centres

Red campion – dark pink

Very easy!  Find a bare patch of soil and sprinkle on the seeds.  Press them gently into the soil and water.  Alternatively, you can sow in trays of compost and, once you have seedlings of a decent size, carefully transplant them to pots of compost and grow on until ready to plant out.  Can also be sown into large pots or troughs.

Seed sowing instructions

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