We grow organic plants for bees: wild herbs, shrubs, trees and bee pastures
Welcome to our redesigned website! On the right are the new search categories we hope you enjoy browsing and shopping for wild, organic plants for bees along with our wild, organic seeds for bee plants and bee pastures.
As usual, we ship plants, plugs and seeds to the UK and Northern Ireland and Europe; Orders of plants to Europe are calculated for shipping by emailing your requirements to us, (seeds to Europe can be ordered online). To contact us please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We use organic growing methods to produce the healthiest plants free from toxic residues, with the purest pollen and nectar for all bees and other pollinating insects. Seed-grown and with a healthy gene-pool, they also have the ability to evolve to survive climate change
Why we grow wild, organic plants for bees and wild, organic seeds for bee plants.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned in their recent Global Bee Colony Disorders and other Threats to Insect Pollinators report that ‘An estimated 20,000 flowering plant species, upon which many bee species depend for food, could be lost over the coming decades unless conservation efforts are stepped up’.
All flowering plants have evolved over millions of years with their pollinators in mutual-dependency on each other. The plants produce pollen and nectar in return for pollination, which produces fruit and seed. Bees are the primary pollinators, but other pollinators include butterflies, moths, midges, dragonflies and some wasps.
In recent years we have seen a loss of wild plant habitats and species. And while the market has been flooded with artificial hybrid-clones, most of which provide no pollen, or nectar, nor seed, all pollinators are going hungry. Decline of original wild plant species will cause further decline and extinction of pollinators.
Wild (or horticultural term ‘species’) plants, on the other hand, are unaltered by man. They have evolved to support their pollinators with perfect forage, and have the ability, through diverse gene-pools, of evolutionary adaptation to changing environmental conditions. Conserving these wild plants in our gardens could save pollinators, and organic growing methods ensure there are no toxic residues in pollinators’ food sources.
(Sarah Holdsworth, 2013)