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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Mini Wildflower Meadows


The importance of bees and pollinators to our survival can't be overstated. Bees alone (that is honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees) pollinate around 75% of the crops, fruit and vegetables that we eat, but the other pollinators, like butterflies and hoverflies shouldn't be forgotten.  Unfortunately due to loss of habitat and the use of harmful pesticides, these creatures are more at risk than ever.  That's where we can help.  Plant a few bee- and butterfly-friendly flowers in your garden.  If you don't have a garden a plant pot on a windowsill or a window box will do.  And if that's not possible either then scatter a few seeds over the next patch of open ground that you pass.  

That's why I'll be including a wildflower seeded paper heart with every lip balm order until the end of September. The ideal time for Spring planting is just about over, however seeds can be planted in September so hang on to those hearts and plant them up in the Autumn.  According to the paper company's website, the "handmade paper contains British Wildflower meadow seeds...- Birdsfoot Trefoil, Black Snapweed, Black Medick, Common Vetch, Meadow Buttercup, Musk Mallow, Ox-eye Daisy, Ribwort Plantain, Red Campion, Self Heal, White Campion, Yarrow, Browntop Bent, Red Fescue, Crested Dogstail, Meadow Fescue and Smooth Stalk Meadow Grass."

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