Pollinating your garden flowers: Using the right flowers to attract bees

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Pollination is hub around which growth of fruits and vegetables revolve. Bees, insects and butterflies help to pollinate your garden plants. Flowers are best agents for attracting the bees and birds. Here we see the varieties that are most useful for this purpose.

Role of pollination

For gardens that grow fruits and vegetables, one of the primary concerns is pollination. This is the process by which pollen grains are spread from one plant to another and thus help in formation of fruit and vegetables from flowers. Pollination is done by bees, insects and butterflies. The primary pollination is done by bees and butterflies.

Attracting bees

Attracting bees to your garden is easy. The first step lies in the selection of flowers. If you are careful you will see how to create a garden that bees love.
i) Use brightly colored flowers
ii) Have different plants that grow all year round
iii) Plant flowers in shady spots
iv) Use native plants
v) Group the plants together in bunches

Bright flowers and bees

The big idea behind using bright flowers of many hues and fragrances is signal to those bees that there is nectar present. Bees are able to see bright colors better and so will visit the plant often. By using flowering plants that grow all year round, you are assured of a garden that has attractive flowers any time of the year.

Choosing the spot for your flowers

If you exercise care, you will get more attention from the bees. The idea is to provide secluded spots protected from harsh sun and rapid winds so that bees can spend some time with the flowers. Bees usually like native plants more – exotic plants will put them off.

Increase the options

Group flowers together so that there is always some flower on the plant. When there are many flowers, bees will come more easily. You can also group multicolored flowers in one bunch so that the bright colors will attract the bees.

If you have a small space only for your garden you can use potted plants and herbs to attract bees. Comfrey, hyssop, catmint, lavender, sage and chives are very useful herbs which do not require much space.

Beautiful gardens

Best gardens have a lot of flying friends – bees, butterflies and insects that are vital for pollination. However, some flowers and plants have a better attractive power compared to those that are grown normally. You must apply fertilizer, weed your garden and water it regularly if you want good results.

Vegetables and purple flowers

Bees love purple flowers because their eyesight is more attuned to this color. For this reason, alliums, lavender and catmint that have bright purple shades attract bees easily. Vegetable and fruit plants that bees love are these.
a) Carrots
b) Onions
c) Plum
d) Apple
e) Runner beans
f) Tomatoes
g) String beans
h) Cucumbers

Seasonal flowers

Other favorites with bees are early summer flowers like foxgloves, comfrey, verbascum, astilbe, and thyme. Spring flowers like bluebell, rosemary, bugle, rhododendron and daffodil are preferred by bees.

Bees like single flowers
Double flowers have intricate structures that make it difficult for the bees to get to the nectar. Single flowers on the other hand do not present any difficulty in getting to the nectar. For this reason, bees love to congregate around single flowers.

Formation of fruits

Pollination is essential for fruits to grow. Bees are best pollinators for most varieties of fruits and vegetable plants. Here are some very good flowers that help pollination.
1) Red hot poker
2) Lion’s tail
3) Lavender
4) Fennel
5) Sunflower
6) Butterfly bush
7) Butterfly weed
8) Aster x frikartii

Keep your flowers budding

Follow these simple steps to keep your garden filled with fruits. Flowers may come and flowers may go but if the bees do not make their entrance, then it is tough to create the correct conditions for fruiting. Lovely gardens need care but regular steps ensure fruitfulness.

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Bachelor, Christian, 53, settled in Madurai, India, like to watch football and tennis on TV. I also have occasional walks but try to read the Bible daily. For amusement, I read the newspaper.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Bees love purple flowers. I do, too!

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author avatar snerfu
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Bee careful, some gardeners love to capture them for pollinating their gardens.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting piece! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar snerfu
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Margaret.

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author avatar Erly
25th Sep 2014 (#)

Very nice and interesting articles snerfu...bees are the culprits of polination they sap the nectar but without them there is no success in pollination.I would follow some of your instructions here how to keep garden filled with fruits.There is passion in here.

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