Bee hotel

F&F member Julie Knight makes a bee hotel to encourage the sounds of summer.

One of the loveliest sounds of summer is the sound of bees busily flitting from one flower to the next in search of nectar. Planting lots of bee-friendly flowers is an easy and rewarding way to encourage them into your garden but why not go one further and offer them somewhere to stay? Bees such as mason and leafcutter varieties are valuable pollinators and rather than living in swarms are solitary in nature. During spring and summer the females look for warm and dry holes or crevices in which to lay their eggs. You can make a garden bee hotel by filling a small wooden box or tube with lengths of bamboo cane. Securely fasten this onto a sunny fence then sit back and wait for your new residents to arrive.



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