Blooms for Bees

Blooms for Bees

News and articles

Keep an eye on this section to find out what the project is up to and to get tips on how to help your local bumblebee populations thrive

19 June 2017

Introducing Hannah, our intern

I’m Hannah Murphy, and I have just completed my first year as a Biological and Forensic Sciences student at Coventry…

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11 June 2017

Our latest publication

In 2013 we carried out a small study with 38 Garden Organic members, to explore the potential of a public…

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05 June 2017

Making liquid feeds

This summer, we are working with Hozelock to explore whether foliar feeding container grown plants can increase flowering, and the…

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09 May 2017

About nasturtiums

This summer, we are working with Hozelock to explore whether foliar feeds can improve nectar and pollen provision for bees.…

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02 May 2017

Using foliar feeds

Containers are a popular and versatile way to grow flowers in gardens, but as the nutrients in growing media start…

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08 April 2017

Foliar feeds trial

We’re really excited about our new field trial in partnership with Hozelock. The trial is designed to determine whether foliar…

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21 December 2016

Nasturtium Trial 2016

Over the summer of 2016, with the help of our student intern Giri, we conducted a trial to find out…

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Umbellifer stems

17 November 2016

Avoiding the temptation to tidy

As the flowers fade in the Blooms for Bees Border, they leave behind some beautiful dead stems and seed heads…

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Flower border - Coventry University

08 November 2016

Highly Commended award

We are very pleased to say that Coventry University were given a ‘Highly Commended’ award at yesterday’s #BeesNeeds event. This…

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Bumblebee on Mahonia

27 October 2016

Winter-active bumblebees

Most bumblebee activity has now ceased for the year, with just the new queens surviving in hibernation until spring when…

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12 September 2016

Sourcing plants for the Blooms for Bees border

The Blooms for Bees flower border was designed to provide food and habitat for bumblebees and other wildlife (see Designing…

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06 August 2016

Designing the Blooms for Bees border

Over the summer of 2016, Blooms for Bees installed a new flower border at Ryton Organic Gardens near Coventry. We…

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Blooms for bees

30 May 2016

Welcome to the Blooms for Bees project!

Welcome to the new Blooms for Bees project website. We hope you like the site and find it both useful…

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