With this year’s Bloom Festival once again cancelled, the organisers are inviting people to get green at home, with a series of online events, bringing a flavour of Ireland’s largest gardening and lifestyle festival directly into people’s homes this June Bank Holiday Weekend.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or an outdoor space, then you’ll know how important they have become over the past year. Garden projects are a great way to fill your time, and Aldi has a range of plants to help you do just that!
Many bee species populations, including honey bees, have been declining in recent years, and you can make a difference in your own garden with Aldi’s range of Bee Happy plants, on sale in 145 stores nationwide from Thursday, 3rd June, starting from €1.99!
Did you know that bees love to live in urban settings with short flight paths to a wide variety of different flower, plants, and shrubs? Bees are more likely to thrive in your back garden than on vast acres of land with single crops planted on them.
All creatures that eat plants depend on pollinators. Almost three quarters of the foods we eat – vegetables, herbs, fruit and nuts need pollinators to reproduce. By attracting the bees, you not only help them, you will triple the amount of fruit and vegetables you have planted in your bee friendly garden!
So the next time you’re in Aldi, from 3rd June, pick up some of these Bee-friendly plants, do your bit for the eco-system around you, and get involved with Bloom at Home!
Bee Happy Patio and Basket Plants €1.99 – Dahlias, Bidens, Bacopas and Nemesias
Bee Happy Perennial Border Plants €2.99 – Dianthus Dash, Digitalis, Delphinium, Echinacea and Lupin
Bee Happy Perennials €3.99 – Salvia, Campanula, Leucanthemum, Geranium, Scabiosa, Crocosmia
Bee Happy Plants €4.99 – Buddleja, Perovskia, Weigala, Rosemary, Spiraea, Fuschia
From the 10th June, you can pick up the following Irish favourites!
• Irish Grown Window Box/Hanging Basket or Planter €7.49
• Irish Grown Extra Large Hydrangea €12.99
As well as the above, Aldi has also introduced a number of biodiversity initiatives this year including:
• The introduction of a 10440m2 wildflower meadow at the back of the Naas Regional Distribution Centre and a wildflower meadow in the Mitchelstown Regional Distribution Centre, both with native wildflower mix.
• Installing bird boxes and insect boxes in the Naas and Mitchelstown Regional Distribution Centres, in time for the nesting season.
• Planting of seasonal bulbs and high pollinator friendly plants in the Mitchelstown Regional Distribution Centre.
• Aldi signed-up to the new 2021- 2025 All-Ireland pollinator plan to support pollinators and biodiversity. Pollinators are essential for Aldi as a food retailer as a huge amount of food production depends on the pollination of bees.
• Aldi aims to plant 1 million native trees in Ireland by 2025. The native tree plantations will create a wildlife corridor for native species and enable grassland to revert to more natural vegetation, further enhancing biodiversity in the area.
Slán go fóill,