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Guide to Bee Friendly Plants

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Looking for a guide to beefriendly plants? Keep scrolling for some handy pictorial guides.

Last year I wrote a post on how to attract bees to your garden and touched briefly on some bee-friendly plants that can benefit wildlife.  Well, the other day I came across this pretty and succinct illustrated guide to plants that bees love, that I thought would be helpful to share.

This bee-friendly planting guide has been illustrated by Maine-based artist Hannah Rosengren.  It’s really useful to have close to hand when you’re planning on planting up your garden and are looking to help the bees out.

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Hannah kindly let me reproduce her beautiful bee-friendly plant illustration here for Moral Fibres readers.  However, it’s available for sale in her Etsy shop* for just £14.  It would make a really sweet gift for the keen gardener or aspiring apiarist don’t you think?  

Hannah also has lots of other great prints in her shop. Including a lovely print on how to help the Monarch butterflies.  It’s well worth a browse in her lovely shop!

What Plants Do Bees Like Best in the UK?

I also found this guide from Friends of the Earth, that shows what plants bees like best in the UK. Clover, cornflower, knapweed, and other plants that would thrive in a meadow are all good bee-friendly choices to grow in your garden.

It’s a really handy guide to have to hand, especially the next time you are planning a trip to the garden centre to stock up on bee-friendly seeds or plants.

If you’re looking for more bee-friendly tips, then you’ve come to the right place. As well as the post on attracting bees to your garden that I mention, I’ve got a couple of other posts on bees you might like.  From how to revive tired bees and how to help bees if you don’t have a garden.

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How To Revive Tired Bees With Sugar Water

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bee sugar solution

Today I’m going to show you how to revive tired bees.  You see, we’re big fans of bees at Moral Fibres, but our poor bees are in decline, due to neonicotinoid pesticide usage, as well as habitat loss and pollution. Our fuzzy friends need all the help they can get.

It’s all well and good when the bees are buzzing around, doing their thing.  But have you ever seen a tired, struggling, or apparently dying or dead bee in your home or garden?  When I’ve seen bees like this I’ve always assumed that they were dying or dead.  Ever the optimist! However, the other day my other half told me they’re not dying, just tired.  And that you can actually revive these bees quickly and easily using only sugar and water. Let me show you how to revive these tired bees.

How to Revive Tired Bees

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It’s true, a simple solution of sugar and water helps revive tired and exhausted bees.

To create this energy drink for bees to revive tired bees, the RSPB suggests mixing two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water.  Then place the sugar/water mix on a plate or spoon.  Do not add any more water otherwise, the bee could drown. 

Next place the bee on the plate or spoon, where it will have a little drink, hopefully helping it to gather the energy it needs to fly back to its hive.

Some Do’s & Don’ts For Feeding Bees

There are some do’s and don’ts for reviving tired bees.

Don’t be tempted to offer tired bees honey.  In most cases, the honey isn’t suitable as a lot of honey is imported and may not always be right for native British bees.  And only ever offer white granulated sugar when you need to revive a bee. Never offer demerara, or any artificial or diet sweeteners as these could be harmful to bees.

Don’t leave any sugar-water solution sitting out in your garden for bees to drink from at their leisure.  This can prevent the bees from gathering precious pollen and could be detrimental to their health. Instead, use this sugar-water technique only as an emergency when a tired bee is clearly in need of reviving.  Think of it as bee CPR!

Thankfully I haven’t seen any tired bees since learning this useful tip to try it out.  However, knowing some very basic “thirst aid” (!) for bees can go a long way in helping out the bees to rebuild their depleted population sizes.

Why Are Bees Important?

Bees are crucial to help maintain the health of our environment, and for our food supply. The Food And Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations says thatclose to 75% of the world’s crops producing
fruits and seeds for human consumption depend, at least in part, on pollinators for sustained production, yield, and quality
“. This means without bees, we would struggle to feed ourselves.

Being able to revive tired bees is one key aspect. Another bee-friendly step that you can take is to plant a bee-friendly garden. Or, if you don’t have a garden, here’s how you can help the bees in other ways.

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