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Bees Prefer Working Class Gardens Over Affluent Gardens

Bees Prefer Working Class Gardens Over Affluent Gardens

 

Written by Ramon Gonzalez

If you are concerned about the decline in bees around the world and are planting a bee garden to provide pollen and nectar: stay away from fancy plants.

A team from Leeds University studied 24 gardens over two years and discovered that affluent gardens have less bees visiting them than working class gardens.

This came as a surprise to them because they expected the higher plant diversity in affluent gardens to attract more bees.

Are bees turning up their noses at rich people’s gardens in solidarity with working class humans? Not really. Beekeeper Ian Wallace explains in this Sky News video.

The takeaway here is that you should eschew hybrid plants and new cultivars in your garden if you are trying to attract bees and create habitat for them. New introductions may contain less pollen and more petals that make foraging harder for the bees.

What flowers attract the most bees in your garden?

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

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3:07PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thank you TreeHugger, for Sharing this!

9:02PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

they love my flower beds

5:49PM PDT on May 26, 2012

Just goes to show that even insects are superior to humans

9:05AM PDT on May 26, 2012

I would think that plants native to your region would be the best. However, my Black Knight butterfly bush is a big hit with all the nectar drinkers. It smells a bit like dregs of wine.

3:26AM PDT on May 26, 2012

Thanks.

12:13AM PDT on May 26, 2012

Bees love lavender they are often swarming on the bush I have in the backyard, and bottle brush is another of their favourites,it seems funny that bees love my garden, Im just a humble disability pensioner, I love bees whenever i see a bee struggling in my dogs bowl out the back i gently pick them out of the water and place them on a bush till they have dried off and fly away!

12:09AM PDT on May 26, 2012

bees love lavender bushes they are often seen swarming around them and bottle brush and so many others to many to mention,Im just ahumble diasability pensioner yet the bees love my place,funny about that hey!

11:47PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Thanks for article, I'll be making one as I know how important our bees are. I have half a teaspoon in my green tea. I heard from a TED talk in California that if we lost all our insects the planet would die. If we lost all the humans the planet would florish. That's pretty intense. I also found out that Austalia imports bees to America because they lost there's to a disease or something.
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11:36PM PDT on May 25, 2012

The title of this article is rubbish.Whether or not a garden has bees is dependant on the type of plants in the garden and not affulence.

9:24PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Thanks for posting.

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