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Blue lupin

Blue lupin

Details  Grows well in most locations where it improves soil with organic matter and nitrogen. Bees enjoy the flowers.

Practical Plants
Plants for a future
Common name  Blue lupin
Botanical name  Lupinus angustifolius
Family  Leguminosae
Height (m)  1
Nitrogen fixer  
Tags    Bees 
Flowers  Blue
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The bees are back

The bees are back

This year we have seen an impressive rebound in bee numbers. It is unlikely due to anything we have done but it is wonderful to see them working frantically on all the things we have planted in the last couple of years. So we are helping them in some way.
January 13, 2013
  bees 
Phacelia

Phacelia

Details  Quick growing manure crop or as a sanctuary for predator insects to feed and plan their assaults from. Dig or plough in anytime. Sow from September through to April at a rate of 30g per 10m2 or 1kg per 300m2.
Common name  Phacelia
Botanical name  Phacelia tanacetifolia
Height (m)  1
Date  July 08, 2013
Tags    bees 
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Purple
Phacelia, blue tansy or purple tansy

Phacelia, blue tansy or purple tansy

Botanical name  Phacelia
Details  Quick and easy to grow, this fantastic bee plant can get up to a meter tall, covered in purple flowers. As it produces a large amount of plant matter it is also useful as green manure or mulch. Produces plenty of seed for next season.
Tags    annual  purple  bees  seed 
Price  $3.90100 seeds
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Bee swarm

Bee swarm

It started with a few bees buzzing around the corner of the house and quickly turned into several thousand.
Hoping to prevent their entry into the roof cavity I blocked up the small hole they had discovered and tried to forget about it. They wouldn't give up.
November 19, 2010
  bees  swarm  insects 
The bees and the bees

The bees and the bees

With the invasion of the varroa bee mite there has been a reduction in the number of nearby hives (both wild and domestic).

I was surprised and relieved to witness a large number of bumble and honey bees servicing the apricot tree.

This photos shows one of the more wild bees. Notice the dark colouring, where 'normal' bees are orange an black striped.
September 05, 2011
Melting Beeswax

Melting Beeswax

I hate to see anything go to waste so with the fire going to heat the bath I remembered the deserted beehive with the exposed comb.

Crushed up and sitting in an iron pot near the fire it slowly melts down. Once I have skimmed off the impurities perhaps I can make a candle...
November 11, 2011
  bees  wax  fire 
Columbine

Columbine

Common name  granny's bonnet, columbine
Botanical name  Aquilegia
Details  Purple flowers, loved by bumblebees. Grows well in a range of sites.
Perennial  
Tags    flowers  purple  bees 
Price  $2.90half teaspoon (approx. 100 seeds)
Mixed Poppy

Mixed Poppy

Botanical name  Papaver
Details  Easy to grow annual flowering plant with bright coloured flowers. This collection of seed includes a range of colours and sizes.
Tags    flowers  annual  bees 
Price  $3.90tea spoon of seed
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Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Botanical name  Alcea rosea
Details  Easily grown in most soils and climate with plants reaching up to 2 meters tall. Large bright flowers over an extended period, loved by bees. Produces masses of big seeds.
Tags    flowers  bees 
Price  $3.9050 seeds
Flowers  Pink
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Foxglove

Foxglove

Botanical name  Digitalis purpurea
Tags    biennial  flower  bees 
Price  $3.90half teaspoon (hundreds of seeds)
Family  Plantaginaceae
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Hardenbergia vine seeds

Hardenbergia vine seeds

Common name  Coral vine
Botanical name  Hardenbergia
Details  Vigorous evergreen climber native to Australia. Requires a warm, sheltered location. Can grow in dry conditions. Purple or pink and white flowers loved by bees in early spring.
Drought tolerance  
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Tags    perennial  vine  bees  legume 
Price  $3.9030 seeds
Flowers  Pink / purple
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Tagasaste (tree lucerne)

Tagasaste (tree lucerne)

Botanical name  Chamaecytisus palmensis
Details  Fast growing, drought resistant nitrogen fixer (legume). This small tree has white flowers which are loved by bees, bumblebees and native pigeon.
Grown as a nurse or support tree during the establishment of more long term tree plantings. Useful as a quick canopy / umbrella over citrus, avocados etc. or used as physical scaffold for climbers such as grape, kiwifruit etc.
Good firewood from mature trees.

Pour hot water over the seeds and soak for 24 hours before planting into course sand.
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Tags    perennial  tree  legume  birds  bees 
Price  $3.9050 seeds
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Lavender seed

Lavender seed

Botanical name  Lavandula
Details  Seed collected from a selection of different lavendar plants of varying type, some seed grown and some commercial cultivars.
Drought tolerance  
Perennial  
Tags    bees  purple  flowers 
Price  $3.90100 seeds
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Honesty seeds

Honesty seeds

Common name  Annual honesty
Botanical name  Lunaria annua
Details  Easy to grow from seed and tends to naturalize. An annual or biennial growing to 90 cm with large, coarse, pointed oval leaves. In spring and summer it bears terminal racemes of violet flowers, followed by showy, light brown, translucent, disc-shaped seedpods the skin of which falls off to release the seeds, revealing a central membrane which is white with a silvery sheen, 3–8 cm in diameter.
Tags    flowers  bees  pioneer 
Price  $2.9030 seeds
Licorice Mint

Licorice Mint

Botanical name  Agastache foeniculum
Details  Also known as Anise Hyssop, this strongly licorice scented mint has a distinctive sweet taste and nice purple flower spikes for the insects.
Edible  
Tags    mint  licorice  bees  flowers 
Price  $3.9050 seeds
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Sunflower

Sunflower

Botanical name  Helianthus annuus
Details  This easy to grow plant will produce a single large yellow flower 1 to 2 meters above the ground.
  • Plant climbing beans amongst the sunflowers when they are a meter high, the beans will climb the stem
  • The seeds ripen in April and can be fed directly to chickens or left for birds
  • Can get blown over by strong wind
Edible  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Tags    annual  flowers  bees  birds 
Price  $3.9030 seeds
Colour  Yellow