Free bee-friendly flower seeds by mail: Bees Matter (Not Cheerios pack)

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Free bee-friendly flower seeds by mail: Bees Matter (Not Cheerios pack)

Supporting honey bee health means making sure that hives all over Canada are within flying distance of a wide variety of flowers that they can visit, giving them the nutrition they need to survive our cold, harsh winters. Through Buzzing Gardens, that’s exactly what we’re doing.

In partnership with farmers across the country, we’re giving Canadians what they need to plant their own pollinator garden, and for the third year in a row, we’re doing it for free!

Sign up to receive a packet of enough seeds to plant a 5 sq. ft. (0.45 m2) garden.*

2017 is the third year Bees Matter has given away Buzzing Gardens seed kits. Over the past two years, Bees Matter has provided Buzzing Gardens seed packets for nearly 70,000 gardens across Canada, which could plant 350,000 sq. ft (32,516 m2) of pollinator-friendly gardens. That’s close to 6 football fields or 20 hockey rinks!

One pack per household. Happy gardening!
Last edited by iflyplanes on Apr 20th, 2017 2:39 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Feb 23, 2016
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Thanks ordered!
Will it come in time to plant into the ground for this year?
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In every seed packet, you’ll receive an assortment of five different seeds, specially selected to attract and nourish honey bees. These include:

Lance-leaved Coreopsis
(Coreopsis lanceolata)

With bright yellow flowers, the lance-leaved coreopsis is a low-growing perennial that thrives in the hot, late summer all across North America. The state flower of Florida, lance-leaved coreopsis isn’t just an attractive plant for honey bees, but also a food source for caterpillars. Lance-leaved coreopsis, like the New England aster, is from the family Asteraceae, named for their flowers’ star shape.

New England Aster
(Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

A highly varied species, the New England aster has more than 50 different cultivars with distinct colours, sizes and shapes. Every flower, however, has several long and straight petals that centre on a yellow floret. Flourishing in bright sunlight, the New England aster can grow to four feet tall and provide a generous amount of pollen for honey bees.

Dense Blazing Star
(Liatris spicata)

A tall, thickly flowering plant, the dense blazing star grows long spikes of clustered purple flowers. The dense blazing star grows wild across eastern Canada, but thrives in gardens across the country as an ornamental perennial that returns even after a harsh winter. With a tough stalk and numerous flowers, it’s an ideal plant to attract and foster pollinators.

Golden Tickseed
(Coreopsis tinctoria)

From the same genus as the lance-leaf coreopsis, the golden tickseed has a unique and unmistakable blossom of rich red surrounded by bright yellow and surrounding a speckled floret at its centre. The deep red of the petals was once used as a dye by Southwestern Native Americans. Also called “calliopsis,” the plant thrives in both full sun and partial shade.

(Helenium autumnale)

A perennial flower, sneezeweed is named for a historical medicinal use of its dried flowers to induce sneezing when inhaled. Its genus, however, is named for Helen of Troy and reflects its bright yellow blossoms. The sneezeweed is tolerant of drought, and enjoys full sun. When flowering, the tall stalks grow large spherical florets well-loved by butterflies and honey bees.

FREE WILDFLOWER SEEDS - From Honey Nut Cheerios and Veseys seeds

Forget-Me-Not, Chinese
Wallflower, Siberian
Poppy, California, Orange
Coneflower, Purple
Aster, China, Single Mix
Poppy, Corn
Coreopsis, Lance Leaved
Flax, Blue
Baby Blue-Eyes
Gilia, Globe
Indian Blanket
Coreopsis, Plains
Sweet Alyssum, Tall White
Hyssop, Lavender
Daisy, Fleabane
Aster, New England
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Nestles in Europe also has a CHEERIO Seed Giveaway

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Feb 14, 2015
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Mississauga, ON
yay, thanks OP!
Last year I planted them as well and it was such a nice feeling seeing bees buzzing!
Jan 20, 2016
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Edmonton, AB
Looking forward to getting mine, thanks a lot bud!
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