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Attract Bees.pdf · version 1

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awesome thanks Lissa!

Glad you found it useful Jake :)

Certainly did!

My Pigeon peas have started flowering so I'm pretty keen on seeing what different bees they attract. I've been watching a firetail resin bee setup home in one of the drilled holes in a log the garden!

I've found that the blue banded bees love coleus and eggplant flowers. The native stingless loves nasturtium and the European honeybees love chia :-)

Now I'm going to look into planting some more of the plants suggested in that pdf!

Great to see you're trying so many things mate.  Native bees are on my list. 

Don't forget Salvia's of all sorts. All the bees just love Salvia. My one and only pigeon pea got run over and killed by my boy dog. I've been given some more seed though and have some little ones growing in pots....must plant them out.

The resin bee is one I don't seem to get around my place.

I've drilled a few holes in some leftover camping firewood and hung them up in the garden and eventually the firetail resin bees moved in (haha how fitting, firetail in firewood :-P) 

I've planted heaps of salvia and the missus has them in the front garden, although I'm not quite that observant about the front garden as people would find it strange to see a bearded man crawling around the front lawn trying to take photos of the bees in the bushes hahaha...

Reading the Valley Bee pdf, it turns out the bees need new homes each year. Which explains why the little pre-drilled block has had some visitors a year or two back but no more. So either we clean out the holes ourselves or make more blocks.

I solve the weird-photographer problem by going out around dawn, best time to get good pics, before the neighbours get up and see me in my PJ's doing strange things amongst the plants lol.

haha, good idea Lissa! Just tell the neighbors your trying out some new plant style yoga poses :-)

Oh, I think they're pretty used to my antics by now. Both sides are gardeners themselves :)

Getting old enough that I can claim the title of slightly eccentric older person anyway.

Last fortnight I planted Bacopa (Sutera cordata 'Topia') into a couple of pretty metal hanging pots that I picked up at Einbunpin festival and this morning I noticed a steady stream of heavily laden native bees.

Hooray, purely by accident, I have chosen well :)
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Googled Sutera and was presented with lots of pics of petunias! But in fact it's Waterhyssop - an aquatic plant - does this sound right Susanne?

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