A Menu For Bees

Some time ago, as I was busy working in my garden I toyed with the question:

"if I view my garden as a restaurant for wildlife (which I do), how would I design a menu for bees?"

Of course, any restaurant for our furry, buzzy friends must be filled with plants bees like. 

In other words, flowers for bees will be rich in nectar or pollen, or preferably both, but they will also include a variety of flower and plant shapes and any good restaurant for bees would, of course, feature a different menu each season!

Then my thoughts became a little more bizarre as I pondered the practice in many restaurants, or ensuring the description of the food on the menu, is as enticing and tantalising as possible.  Hhhmmm...'How would that translate into a menu for bees?' I thought.

Anyway, within a few minutes, here is what I came up with (but in the meantime, if you'd like to view lists of different plants to attract bees, go to this link):

The Little Garden Cafe

A Menu For Our Buzzy Friends

Dead Nettle Dips

Kniphofia kebabs

Hellebore hot pot

Mixed Poppy Platter (a mixture of common, oriental and California poppies)

Fritillary Fries

Barbecued Betony

Mixed Steamed Salvias

I then had the idea of creating 'mini-posters' that could be shared with friends on social media, or via email.  So here they are - feel free to share!

Find out more about plants bees like and how to attract bees into your garden.  Create your own Bee Menus and check out:

Flower borders for bees

Trees, Hedgerows and Shrubs For Bees

How to create a Bee Garden

Ask your local council to help the bees!

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