Bee witched

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Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 19:40

Lovely lichen photos Papi Joe!

Today we visited Dawyck Botanic Gardens which has a large cryptogamic sanctuary. I've been there many times and it never disappoints.

I take a little field lens ... just 10x magnification .... but it makes such a difference to see the detail.

"Hats off" to GW for featuring lichens in the programme this week.


Solomon's Seal

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 13:01

HI All,

Mine is in a sheltered spot beneath a very large oak .... it currently has shoots about 6 ins tall (Southern Scotland).

Once all the leaves are fully out I'll spray with diluted neem oil to prevent sawfly ... works really well.


One of the good guys

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 19:20

Just to tempt you all ....

I've spotted that Crocus have various Bletilla for sale at half price.

I'd love to get some but I'm not sure they would survive here (Southern Scotland).


Bee-kind test

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 12:43

Nice plant Mark ..... not sure I could give it the conditions it needs.

Sounds like you are on the right road Ado Annie .... if every garden had just a few pollinator friendly plants it would make a huge different across the country.


Best branch garden saw

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 13:04

Hi Maureen,

I also use a Wolf pruning saw.

Works really well ... and being able to attach it to the long handle is excellent.


Bee-kind test

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 19:28

Hi Mark,

If I think about the things that the bees home in on in big numbers then it would be borage, phacelia, sedum, lime trees (they will work these until late evening if the temperature is reasonable - and the honey is superb!) and ivy ... which they get a great feed from to set them up for the winter.

I have to say though that when the oilseed rape is flowering in nearby fields, I don't see half so many bees in the garden. The same is true later in the season when the himalayan balsam is flowering on the riverbanks here.

Watery makes a really important point about planting in big clumps. The bees will go back to the hive and perform a waggle dance to let other bees know the location of a good source of nectar / pollen .. and before you know it there is a horde of bees enjoying themselves!

Bob is also right about the need to have a succession of plants across the year. Gorse is a great bee plant as there's usually some flowering somewhere.

We've been beekeeping for 10 years now ... and every year is different ... the weather plays a big part, and the bees are always teaching us things.


Bee-kind test

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 20:12

Great link Mark ... scored 5374 here.

We are lucky enough to garden on 2 acres where we keep our hives of honeybees.

I've planted big swathes of Phacelia tanacetifolia and Sainfoin around the hives for them. This year I'll be adding in some perennial chicory which they should like.

Muscari and aconites are also great early plants, and later in the year the persicarias are also busy.

Good trees for bees are lime, hazel and alder.

Did you know that a single honeybee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime ... and that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world's food, over 70 are pollinated by bees!
(source United Nations Environment programme).


Don't be tempted......

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 13:10

I have a nice big clump of firecracker  .... probably one square metre or so ... which I' really like!

It's kept in place within a nine inch boundary of thick damp proof roll stuff we happened to have. I put this in 5 years ago and it's stayed put ever since. I think it's a lovely plant ... I give some of it a "Chelsea chop" and the cut off bits are great for flower arranging. 

This year I'm going to pot some up for a bog garden area I'm planning ... and I'll use the damp proof roll again to make sure it behaves.

Worth a try if you like it but don't want it to wander.


!!Surprise Surprise!!

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 17:30

Hello Jacqueline,

Great news about the job .... good luck with the trial period.

Been a fabulous day here too (Southern Scotland) .... got loads done in the garden.

Woodpeckers are drumming so it really is Spring!


!!Surprise Surprise!!

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 17:07

Hi Busy-Lizzie,

Yes ... you are right ... ‘Mea culpa!’

They are pretty birds .... but I can't learn to love them (even if they did take to eating slugs) 



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