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Recycled Wildflower Seeds for Butterflies and Bees Wedding Favour

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RHS Plants for PollinatorsWant to help the butterflies and bees?  This seeds for butterflies and bees wedding favour is perfect for giving Nature a helping hand by sowing the seeds our native butterflies and bees need. The packet is personalised with your wedding details – please enter them in the box above.  These packets can also be personalised for any other event, or, for business, have a logo added.

Each seed packet is completely recycled and measures 9 x 12 cm.  You can choose manilla packets or white packets (please select your choice). The reverse of the packet details the seeds inside and the sowing instructions.  The seeds inside are in a paper sachet (not foil and plastic) and  are perfect for bees (and other insects too!) – Cornflower, Corn Marigold, Corn Chamomile and Poppy.  They are also grown in the UK and are native UK species.  If you are not using the seeds for a while, they are viable for a few years and are easy to store by keeping them somewhere cool and dry out of direct sunlight.

By giving these seed packets as a gift, you are helping the environment and our declining bee and butterfly populations – grow the love and Nature will love you back!

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

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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 provides nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

 

Around 60 cm

Hardy annual

Full sun

Cornflower – blue

Poppy – red

Corn Chamomile – white daisy flowers with yellow centres

Corn Marigold – yellow

Very easy to sow and quick to germinate!  In May, find a bare patch of soil in full sun and sprinkle on the seeds.  Press them into the soil and water.  No need to cover with more soil.  Keep an eye on them and water as required.

Seed sowing instructions

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