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Save the Bees Seed Packet Wedding Favour

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RHS Plants for PollinatorsWe all know our native bees are in decline but there is a little something you can do to help!  By giving your guests these wildflower seeds that bees love, you are helping to encourage them to your garden and do a little something towards stopping the decline.  Without wildflowers and other nectar-rich flowers, our bees don’t stand a chance.  Hopefully such a wedding favour will encourage your guests to grow more wildflowers not just to help the bees but also our butterflies and other insects that are in decline.

This Save the Bees wedding favour seed packet measures 9 x 12 cm and is personalised with your wedding details (although we can personalise any of our seed packets with any text you like for any occasion!) – please let us know the text in the personalisation box above.  The packets are made from 100% recycled white paper and plant-based glues are used in their manufacture.  The seeds inside (in a paper sachet, not plastic and foil) are grown the UK and contain only British native species – Selfheal, Musk Mallow, Ox-eye Daisy and Red Campion. Sowing instructions are printed on the back of the packet.

But these seed packets are not just for weddings, we can personalise them with any text of add a logo and so on.  If you are not using the packets for a while, that is not a problem – the seeds are viable for a few years, just store them somewhere cool and dry out of direct sunlight.

By giving your guests these seed packets you are helping the environment and our declining bee and butterfly populations – grow the love and Nature will love you back!

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 or semi-shade

Musk Mallow – pale pinky-lilac

Selfheal – purple

Red Campion – dark pink

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

Our native wildflower bee seeds are very easy to sow – simply choose a sunny, weed-free spot (or a pot of peat-free compost) and sprinkle on the seeds.  No need to cover them with soil/compost – just gently press them into the soil.  Water well and wait for them to germinate, watering if necessary.

Seed sowing instructions

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