I’m going to offer some thoughts about creating pollination rich spaces that are primarily beautiful if not quite what folks might expect, and this is a prime example.....
At Temple Meads Station @ediblebristol has 2 raised beds, one filled with dahlias and echinacea and one with herbs. Both have been designed for colour, flower and beauty but are primarily designed for insects.
Across from these beds are the typical annual flower beds, with petunias etc.
Our beds are buzzing!! Bees, hoverflies etc can’t get enough of the single flowered dahlias which they can access the nectar from easily, and the echinacea almost had a queue waiting by it!! The salvia, marjoram and thyme were almost as popular in the herb bed, and for a space that is fairly sterile, despite us knowing there are hives about the area, it’s great to see forage being out in place and used!!
Particularly as the traditionally planted beds are pretty sterile and were only planted in early July, presumably for the In Bloom judges.
It only takes a little bit of thought in your planting scheme to support the biodiversity of a space, along with ensuring its beautiful and full of colour!! But shouldn’t we be making sure we’re supporting all our populations?
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