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24/11/2011 at 15:29
they've actually figured out one of the reasons why bee population has declined, and it's because of use of pesticides! i just started my first garden, and i'm also trying to plant flowers for bees.
03/12/2011 at 09:44

Remember to plant flowes that give nectar late in the season as well - sedums and Michaelmas daisies come tomind.  Salvia guanitica "Bklack Calyx" is pictured flowering in the University of Bristol Botanic Garden on Dec.1st this year.  Salvias ae good for insects as they have a landing platform, the lip of the flower.  Plants with distinct nectar guide lines are good too.  these act like the runway on an airport and guide the bee  to the nectar.

17/02/2012 at 09:40
In mid January on a sunny day we had a lot of bees in our garden on our viburnum shrubs. The seasonal temperature fluctuation as we experience is a bad thing for them. There is no indication in the article how to help them in case they wake up in the middle of winter or early in the spring when little is in flower.
18/02/2012 at 18:34

I noticed last year that bees adore red/white flowering clover, I have a patch of lawn that is hardly used or walked on, so this year I am going to lift it, re-seed with red clover and leave it for our fast depleting bee colonies to feast on. I have read that it only needs to be trimmed back a couple of times a year (another plus) to re-vitalise the flowers, and I am sure will look pretty too. If for any reason this doesnt  work then I will dig it back in cos its a good form of soil improver, high in nitrogen, wish me luck

28/03/2012 at 15:19
Buddleja is another brilliant plant to have.... Mine is covered with Beas and butterflies in the summer
02/02/2014 at 21:14
In early 50's in college, I wrote about the honey bees and honey ants; the others laughed, I received an A. 25 years later I put a bee hive in the back yard under the apple tree, near a grove of eucalyptus trees, and had the most delicious honey ever!
After seeing the movies "The Vanishing Bees" and
"More Than Honey", a suggestion was made in the former that more individuals should have a hive in their yard. There are Beekeepers Associations in many counties that would help you. I'm 84 now, but I hope to repeat my "Uncle Wiggly Adventure" again!
02/02/2014 at 21:40

I'd love to have a beehive, is it possible in a small garden? Is it a lot of work? I noticed a marked increase in bees and butterflies last year, it was lovely. I try not to use any chemicals in the garden, I have a deal with the spiders, and spend ages picking greenfly off my plants and throwing them at their webs, I have very fat spiders!

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