Blooms for Bees

Blooms for Bees

Author Archives: Dave Kilbey

Winter-active bumblebees

Bumblebee on Mahonia

Most bumblebee activity has now ceased for the year, with just the new queens waiting in hibernation, ready to start colonies in spring. However, in milder regions and urban areas, you may notice bumblebees feeding on winter-flowering plants.   Over … Continue reading

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Nasturtium Trial 2016

Over the summer of 2016, with the help of our student intern Giri, we conducted a trial to find out whether cultivated varieties of nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) differ in their attractiveness to bumblebees. We compared seven different varieties of nasturtium … Continue reading

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Avoiding the temptation to tidy

Umbellifer stems

As the flowers fade in the Blooms for Bees Border, they leave behind some beautiful dead stems and seed heads which we won’t be cutting back until well into spring. As well as looking delightful (especially in the frost), the … Continue reading

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Highly Commended award

Flower border - Coventry University

We are very pleased to say that Coventry University were given a ‘Highly Commended’ award at yesterday’s #BeesNeeds event. This was in recognition of the wonderful campus Grounds Team and the Blooms for Bees project. The gardeners at the city … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Blooms for Bees project!

Blooms for bees

Welcome to the new Blooms for Bees project website. We hope you like the site and find it both useful and interesting. ¬†We’ll be using the Blog section to post regular updates on the project as well as advice on … Continue reading

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