Shrill Carder 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 Shrill Carder Bee is one of the UK’s rarest bumblebees, and can only be spotted in a handful of locations in Southern Wales and Southern England. The mix includes 7 super bee friendly flowers: Common Knapweed, Great Burnet, Cowslip, Self Heal, Meadowsweet, Birdsfoot Trefoil and Buttercup.
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.
Scatter: Late summer or autumn
Flowers: April and May
The origin of the name cowslip is unclear, but it may derive from the fact that it grows in meadows well manured by cow dung or cow slips.
Flowers: June to September
The common name Selfheal, sometimes written as Self-heal, refers to the plant having been used as a treatment for wounds and bruises until recent times.
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?
Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
The tallest and most elegant of our native buttercups, this plant sometimes reaches a height of 90cm. This native winter-green perennial is found on most grazed or cut grasslands throughout Britain, but has a preference for moist soils.
Scatter: Autumn or Spring
Flowers: April to October