Each summer, the Shropshire countryside is a wash with brightly coloured fields of delphinium and wild flowers grown by Shropshire Petals. These flowers are grown predominantly to dry and become confetti for
weddings and events. During the growing process, the Shropshire Petals fields also become home to a number of bees as they collect pollen from them.
Bees are important to farmers and growers of many types of crops, including food sources and flowers. According to Friends of the Earth*, the UK has lost a shocking 20 species of bees with a further quarter on the red list of threatened species. Bees depend on flowers for food, and in the past 60 years 97% of wildflower meadows have disappeared.
Shropshire Petals are proud to be doing their bit to help with the bee population. Shropshire Petals’ flowers bloom through July and August providing plenty food for bees for several weeks each year.
Shropshire Petals grow a wide range of flowers, including delphiniums, calendula and cornflowers in an array of colours, including blues, purples and yellows in a variety of different shades, which are particularly attractive to a range of bee species.
Bees prefer flat or shallow blossom, making the calendula perfect as they open fully to show off their centre, which attracts bees, as it is easy to get to, and the petals make a great landing spot. Delphiniums are also renowned as a favourite for bees due to their nectar spurs, which the flower is named after.
Jim Bubb, Managing Director at Shropshire Petals said “good pollination is important to our flower field development and likewise, our flowers are important to increasing the bee population – they go hand in hand
and we are proud to be able to help such an important cause.”
“We don’t use any machinery for picking our flowers as they are all picked by hand. Our pickers are very careful to ensure that bees are kept safe by checking each flower they pick is free from bees. If there are bees collecting pollen on flowers when they are picking, they carefully encourage them to move on.”
To see the pretty Shropshire Petals fields, you can view them from the A41 near Newport.
To find out more about Shropshire Petals visit their website https://www.shropshirepetals.com/