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Lime flower bee food

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 19:38

Hi Maggie,

Bees do adore lime flowers ...  and it makes the most delicious honey ... so I do hope your trees recover.

You might want to consider big blocks of Phacelia tanacetifolia and/or Borage. Both very pretty ... and both very easy from seed.

I keep honey bees and find they really like both of these.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 07:59


The mix is 10ml in 2L of warm water with a splash of washing up liquid.

Neem can be solid at room temperature and won't pour ... I put mine in the airing cupboard for a few hours before using so it pours easily.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 15:34


Have a look at this link for some info.

I make up a spray of neem oil and as soon as growth starts in April I drench the foliage. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below the plant as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I repeat spray every couple of weeks.

Neem is best used prevantatively. It is totally organic and although it stinks a bit is easy to mix up and apply.

I got mine off ebay .... wasn't expensive for a big bottle which will last ages. At room temperature it is solid, but goes liquid again with a couple of hours in the airing cupboard.

I spray my lilies (and fritillaries), a couple of gooseberry bushes, and my solomon's seal as it works for sawfly.

Works for me.

Calla lily not flowering

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:07

Hi Lena,

Take care how you feed when you start watering again in Spring.

First year I just used normal houseplant feed and got too much foliage and no flowers. Since then I've used tomato feed and got a good balance of flowers to leaves.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 11:10

That's very useful info Dove .... many thanks.

I keep my oriental lilies in large pots so I can pop into spaces in the garden when needed. I repot them every year and check over for any intruders. I also spray with neem oil solution as the foliage appears and at intervals throughout the year.

Been doing this for a couple of years and so far so good.

Great Way of Making Some Money Out of this Hobby?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 19:17

Hi Lunaria,

Beekeeping is a great hobby .... and fits so well with gardening.

I popped over to the hives earlier today. The bees were bringing in orange pollen (probably from the snowdrops) which is a sign that all is well in the hives and the queen is beginning to lay.

There is a lot to this beekeeping lark .. and the bees haven't always read the books ... but that's what makes it fun.

Great Way of Making Some Money Out of this Hobby?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 09:40

Hi Paullypaul,

We don't sell anything online .... just from the end of our drive.

There is a company round here who does (see link below) and their prices for the beeswax candles are very reasonable. Probably best to burn them indoors rather than outdoors as you will then be able to smell that wonderful honey / wax aroma ... much nicer than the usual paraffin or soya wax candles in my opinion.

Great Way of Making Some Money Out of this Hobby?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:47

Hi Paullypaul,

Thanks for the link to this site ...  I wholeheartedly agree with the point you are making about travel miles for flowers.

Hadn't expected to find anyone in "my" bit of Scotland ... but there are a couple (although not that local).

Good luck with your dahlias ... we sell our honey / beeswax candles from an honesty box and also manage to sell quite a bit ... and people are honest!!

Bee Witched





Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 19:29

The only one I have is Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle' ..... had to buy it just for the name and it hasn't disappointed.

Fits in well with a purple / orange themed border I'm trying to develop.

I just love it ... and so do the slugs!!

(bought from my favourite nursery .. Larch Cottage near Penrith ... well worth a visit).

Room 101

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 22:47

Can I put electioneering in?  I'm already sick of all the coverage it's started to get.

Us lot in Scotland are still recovering from the referendum stuff ....

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