|Red clover, one of the first wild flowers to bloom in spring,|
this picture was taken in April 2011
Clover flowers are rich in nectar and nourish bees from late spring through to early autumn, they're especially important to bumble bees awakening from hibernation and looking for a hearty breakfast because clover pollen is high in protein. That's one of the main reasons that red clover (Trifolium pratense) is included in the seed mix for Meadowmat
Bumblebees are in decline, mainly because they're aren't enough of their favourite flowers available to feed them...remember, bumblebees don't make honey, their lavae feed on pollen. Bumblebees really like pollens from the legume family of plants, that's clovers, vetches, peas and beans because they're rich in essential nutrients.
Why should we mind that bumblebees are in decline? well, if you're into growing your own veg, or if you're a farmer, you'll know that bumblebess are the ones that help to pollinate almost all of the fruit, peas and beans that we eat, and many of the veggies too. A world without bumblebees would be a world without baked beans or apple pie.......or scrumpy! It doesn't bear thinking about!
So if you want to help bees and other pollinating insects.......grow some clover!