3. BEES AREN’T ALONE IN PROVIDING THE CRUCIAL TRANSFER OF POLLEN BETWEEN PLANTS
Other pollinators include...
• Wind: Pollen can be blown through the air for fairly long distances but it’s down to luck whether it reaches another plant. Wind-pollinated flowers usually have little scent and no nectar, and are on tall stalks that are easily shaken. Native examples include rimu, toetoe and kauri.
• Flies, butterflies and moths: Insects like plants that are white, pink or green with lots of nectar and a strong scent. Small, open flowers in clusters make it easier for them to reach the nectar, and mass-planting in groups means they don’t have too far to travel. They like korokio ( Corokia cotoneaster), astelia and karaka.
• Birds: Few birds have a sense of smell, so flowers don’t need to be strongly scented. Birds do, however, look for lots of nectar and are attracted to large, brightly coloured blooms. They can fly long distances, so you only need a single specimen in your garden. Try kowhai or harakeke (flax).
Local bees need all the help they can get.