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Please Bee Seated Meadow Seed Packet Wedding Favour and Place Setting

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RHS Plants for PollinatorsThis is a dual-purpose bee 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 quality, 115 gsm, recycled manilla paper, or recycled white paper – please make a selection above.  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 White Campion, Lesser Knapweed, Ox-eye Daisy and Selfheal, often found in meadows – 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

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.  They may not flower the first year.

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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