Plants that make bees app-y

Gardeners' World - - We September -

Gar­den­ers across the UK have been us­ing the Blooms for Bees app, de­vel­oped by ex­perts at Coven­try Univer­sity, to record sight­ings of bees and re­veal which flow­ers they vis­ited most. The three most pop­u­lar blooms this year were viper’s bu­gloss, teasel and toad­flax, while the top three bum­ble­bees spot­ted were the buff-tailed bum­ble­bee, the com­mon carder bee and the red-tailed bum­ble­bee. More than 500 gar­den­ers took part, from the Isles of Scilly to Orkney, send­ing in 3,011 pho­tos of bees and 2,218 plant sur­veys. The app is free to down­load. To find out more and join in, visit blooms­for­

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