My neighbor, Jean, likes bees and when I am around her, I like to hear of her ‘bee adventures.’ She is also my ‘go-to’ person whenever I have a question about bees. Several years ago, she told me how to make a bumblebee nest using an ordinary clay flower pot. Based on what she said, I immediately started saving dryer lint, which she uses as nesting material (inside an upside down pot). Since I posted about toad homes, this post is a natural followup. Click here to learn why it’s important to attract bees and to find out how they can benefit your garden. I have yet to see my first bumblebee this year, but it’s still only February. I’m sure I’ll soon see a big bumblebee motoring along slowly along. Now is the time to place your nests, though, so they’ll be ready to attract a queen bumblebee! I have listed some lovely sites which will show you how to make your bee nest. It’s so easy! Remember: an upside down pot and lint for stuffing. I am sure there is a bumblebee out there somewhere who will move into the abode I will prepare for it. The bumblebee is an important pollinator and its slow sojourns take it over quite a territory. If you want to attract more bumblebees, grow plants they like. Click here for a list of plants that attract bees…very important. And what post about bumblebees would be complete without Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”? Below these links is a video of Croatian Maksim Mrvica’s thrilling version!
How to build a bumblebee nest – part 1 – a how-to about building the nest
How to build a bumblebee nest – part 2 – a how-to about nesting material and placing your nest
Plans for bumblebee nestboxes – how to plus diagrams
How to make a bumblebee nest – the BBC gardening site’s how-to