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- Size: 127mm x 127mm
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11 year old Isabel is a keen photographer and has created this beautiful set of greeting cards. Her mum Hannah has worked at Gilboy's for over eleven years and Isabel has often been sat on her mum's knee in the office while she's working.
Isabel LOVES to take pictures and has developed a passion for shooting flowers. Of course this resonates particularly well with us because we understand how much our business depends on the flowers that provide the bees with nectar. So we've selected a range of Isabel's cards that feature flowers that are particularly popular with honeybees.
Dandelion: One of the earliest blooming flowers in the spring, the dandelion is a vital early source for food for bees.
Osteospermum (also called African or Cape Daisies): These are a big hit with bees and butterflies. They also tolerate cooler, early spring weather, taking a break during the hottest part of summer before giving an encore of blooms in the autumn. So ideal for extending the availability of nectar for the bees in the cooler months.
Holly: Their tiny flowers are not showy but are very attractive to bees and other pollinators who work them with relish. The female flowers are filled with nectar and the male flowers release a high quality pollen, both of which are needed to keep a bee colony happy and healthy.
Ivy: Often maligned as a garden pest, is vital to honey bees and other pollinators seeking food in autumn. Research from the University of Sussex’s Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) published its research paper 'Ivy: an underappreciated key resource to flower-visiting insects in autumn' in the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity.
Foxglove: Foxgloves are an excellent source of nectar and pollen for all kinds of insects including bumblebees, moths and Honey Bees.
Sweet Pea: Sweet peas are a classic flower in English gardens since they were introduced in the 17th century from southern Italy. The sweetpea is one of the top 10 nectar producing plants in the world, which is why we give every customer a complimentary box of sweet pea seeds to plant and grow as a 'Thank you' to the bees.
Dahlia: In a survey carried out as part of the Blooms for Bees project in conjunction with the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University bees were observed visiting Dahlias from July to October with August being the most active month. It is interesting that bees were still visiting the flowers in October, providing a valuable food source for bees about to enter hibernation.
Blackberry: A beekeeper, new to the craft, commented in a meeting, “My bees filled a super the first week of May with clear honey. What was the source of the nectar?” In unison six people answered, “Blackberry!”. Blackberry secretes an abundance of nectar at the base of the flowers that is highly attractive to honey bees. From this nectar the bees produce a highly valued honey that is clear to amber in colour.
Sunflower: An article in the Journal of Applied Ecology, The Behaviour of Honeybees on Sunflowers and published by the British Ecological Society states that honeybees are the most numerous insects visiting sunflower crops. The article quotes research that shows a marked increase in seed yields when honeybee colonies are taken to sunflower crops.
Lavender: Everyone knows how much bees LOVE lavender! At Buckfast Abbey (our main supplier of beeswax) they have vast beds of lavender for the bees in the grounds of the Abbey.
Rose: Honeybees are attracted to roses for their pollen as opposed to the nectar. The pollen is taken back to the hive to make 'bee bread'- the primary food source for the hive. They are known to generally ignore red roses however. It has been reported that bees cannot see the color red, so this may be the main reason. Honeybees are attracted to flowers that are purple and blue, followed by yellow and orange.