Creating a haven for the bees

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I’m not especially green fingered, though I do try. I love my garden, it’s not the biggest space, but it’s a lovely little space where we can hide away from the world, the kids can play and we can BBQ on hot summer nights. I’m not one for perfectly manicured lawns and flower beds where everything is in a row. I prefer it a little wild and natural, bed’s overflowing with gorgeous wildflowers and bees buzzing about.

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Far from being a bothersome pest, the bee is a creature we need. They are responsible for pollinating 75% of the world’s crops and 87% of our wildflowers. It’s been found that animal pollination makes the tastiest fruit, and many plants need bees simply to survive.

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We’ve just installed this little bee hotel in amongst our flowers, the perfect hidey-hole for a solitary bee or three. For bees looking for a little more upmarket place to stay – they might prefer The Grand Beedapest Hotel.  Taylors Teas have put together this little film to help show why bees really are so important.

We’ve been watching for any bees in our garden that might be thinking about making a home in our hotel. We’re happy to see so many buzzing around our flowers every day – beastie loves watching for them too! Taylors Teas were kind enough to send us a hamper of goodies alongside the bee hotel – we’ve been testing some of their delicious fruity teas – I’m torn between the Sour Cherry and the Rose Lemonade – can’t pick a favourite! We’ve been lvoign colouring in some of the pictures in the book, and will be planting the wildflowers seeds once it’s time.

Did you enjoy the movie? Is your garden a bee haven?

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13 Comments

  1. August 12, 2016 / 09:43

    I love the idea of a bee hotel! We get lots in our garden, especially in the lavender.

  2. August 12, 2016 / 10:58

    a bee hotel sounds like such a fun idea. We get a lot in our garden (lots of lavender and flowers) so I need to do some more to take care of them!

  3. August 12, 2016 / 20:37

    A bee hotel sounds immense! Our garden is full of lavender and a million bees which I love. x

  4. August 13, 2016 / 09:11

    I love your little bee hotel! We have a lot of wild flowers in our front garden so get quite a lot of bees visiting. Maybe we should get a hotel for them!
    Alana x

  5. Christine
    August 13, 2016 / 10:38

    Might try this next year :) We have loads of lavender in our small front garden and the bees love it. Seems to keep them too busy to bother trying to come in through the windows too x

  6. August 13, 2016 / 11:50

    I love your bee hotel it does look good. I would love to try this when the kids are older. Not now though as i dont want to attract bees to our garden.

  7. August 13, 2016 / 15:10

    Ooh, the Taylor’s rhubarb tea is AMAZING! Or should I say BEEutiful?! (See what I did there? I’ll get my coat…)

  8. August 13, 2016 / 22:34

    We definitely need a bee hotel. We put together some makeshift ones but they didn’t survive! We’ve got the wildflower/overgrown thing down though!

  9. August 14, 2016 / 10:31

    I’ve always had a fascinatio of bees. I wish I had some land to have a proper bee hive but think something like this will be a great substitute

  10. August 15, 2016 / 09:35

    I love this! I just got all these teas too and the sour cherry is amazing! Also any campaign to help bees is a huge thumbs up in my book. x

  11. August 15, 2016 / 23:37

    We don’t get any bees in our garden. That hotel is a lovely idea. My father in law has a beehive and someone comes in to look after them

  12. August 27, 2016 / 14:09

    Aww what a cute little hide away for them. I don’t particularly mind bees and I love seeing them fly into the garden, resting on the flowers

  13. August 27, 2016 / 18:30

    Bees are so important. I love my garden too. I find is so therapeutic to get out there and look after it. Reading about bees has definitely reminded me I want to get some more bee friendly flowers. Lovely post and I think they will love the hotel! x x

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