Short-Haired Bumblebee Mix
One of three new tins launched to celebrate the anniversary of the first Seedball tin in 2013. As Seedball’s mission is to help and inspire more people to grow wildflowers in their gardens for pollinators, we wanted to use our anniversary tins to help to raise awareness about three declining British bee species, and the need to keep scattering seed balls!
Each tin contains 20 seed balls, each with approximately 30 bumblebee-friendly wildflower seeds (see below for plant details). These make for lovely gardening gifts, bee gifts, eco friendly gifts or birthday gifts. They will work well in window boxes, balcony pots, garden beds and wildlife gardens.
It’s time to rewild!
The Short-Haired Bumblebee was declared extinct in 2000, but since 2011 a successful reintroduction project has been underway in Dungeness in Southern England. The project has also been working to protect and improve local wild habitats, which has benefited a number of other local bumblebee species as well. This mix includes 7 super bee friendly flowers: Cornflower, Red Campion, Oxeye Daisy, Wild Marjoram, Viper’s Bugloss, Red Clover and Birdsfoot Trefoil.
One tin of seed bombs will cover 1 square metre in a garden bed or 3-5 medium sized pots (leave at least 10cm between each ball). Best scattered in Spring or Autumn. See our FAQ page for more details on how to get the best from your seed balls.
Flowers: June to August
Cornflowers are edible. They have a cucumber-like taste. Flowers can be consumed in the form of salad and tea, or used as a garnish.
A perennial with rose pink petals.
Flowers: March to November
Silenus the merry god of the woodlands in Greek mythology, gave his name to Silene dioica. The second part of its scientific name, dioica, means 'two houses', and refers to the fact that each Red Campion plant has flowers of one sex only, so that two plants are needed to make seeds.
Aromatic perennial with dark purple buds and pinkish purple flowers.
Flowers: April to November
The Wild Marjoram is not only a wildflower, but can also double up as a pretty damn tasty pizza topping, along with your very best sweet tomatoes!
A tall biennial (flowering stem grows in the second year) with incredibly blue flowers emerging from pink buds.
Flowers: June to September
If you’re looking to do something a little different with your echium, why not try growing a low blue hedge with it, or scatter it amongst paving slabs to soften the landscape and add a punch of colour.
Perennial with trefoil leaves and pinky red flowers. Good weed suppressor.
Flowers: May to September
The trifolium can help to break up heavy soil over time, plus it adds nitrogen to the soil, meaning healthy plants all round!
A perennial with clusters of yellow/orange pea like leaves.
Flowers: May to October
Lotus corniculatus is such a sunny little thing, why not try it mixed into your summer baskets and patio pots?