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Please Bee Seated Meadow Seed Packet Wedding Favour and Place Setting

£1.10 Inc VAT

Description

RHS Plants for PollinatorsThis is a dual purpose meadow seed packet – it can be used as a place setting and as a wedding favour for guests to take home!  It is also very eco-friendly and great for butterflies, bees and all sorts of other bugs.

The seed packet measures 9 x 12 cm and is made from recycled manilla paper.  The front is personalised with your guests’ names.  Once you have placed your order please then send over an email with your guest names, quoting your order number.

The wildflower seeds inside are Red Campion, Musk Mallow, Ox-eye Daisy and Selfheal – all are British species and also grown in the UK.  They will be in a paper sachet in the packet, not a foil and plastic sachet. The back of the seed packet has the sowing instructions.  If you are not using the seed packets in the near future, simply store them somewhere cool and dry out of direct sunlight.  They are viable for a few years.

Grow the love and Nature will love you back and reward you with the buzzing of bees, the fluttering of butterflies and a feast for the eyes!

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

Up to around 60 cm

Hardy perennials

Sun preferable, but semi-sahde is OK too.

Red Campion – dark pink

Selfheal – purple

Musk Mallow – pale lilac pink

Ox-eye Daisy – white daisy flowers with yellow centres.

It is very easy to sow your own little patch of bee and bug loveliness!  Find or create a bare patch of soil in a sunny spot and sprinkle on the seeds.  Press them gently into the soil and water.  They germinate better if not covered with a layer of soil.   Water as required.

Seed sowing instructions

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