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Buddleia Companions

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 14:24

Hi Stewart,

We also keep bees in our garden and they are currently enjoying a large swathe of Geranium 'Ann Folkard' which is hiding the ugly legs of the buddleias. (She's also useful in hiding the dying foliage of Spring bulbs!)

Skimmia is a good evergreen shrubs for bees  - great source of spring nectar and also pollen on the male plants. Lithodora 'Heavenly Blue' is a real favourite for early season nectar, and Hebe 'Carl Teschner' will be alive with bees on a sunny day.

Also worth considering Ligustrum (privet) for both nectar and pollen if it isn't clipped.

HELP!!!! Calla Lily Outgrowing Pot, Not Blooming and Droopy

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 13:49

Hi Lisa,

Follow the advice above ...and once it has perked up  ... try feeding it with tomato feed as this will help it to flower. If it is just fed with a high nitrogen feed you'll only get large, floppy, leaves and no flowers.

Good luck.

Insect activity around a chimney pot

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 20:23

Honeybees are making a beeline (sorry!!) for the flowers on lime trees at the moment ... and also to the rosebay willowherb. 

Have a look to see if either are in flower in the area your insects are flying towards and you might be able to "meet" them at ground level and see what they are.

Insect activity around a chimney pot

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 18:45


It could well be honeybees .... and, if it is, then your chimney is now their new home! They will begin to create comb, fill it with some nectar and pollen, and try and build the colony up to a sufficient size to make it through the winter. So, they may still be there next spring and beyond.

If you start getting a sticky mess (and possibly bees) down the chimney and into your house it's a good idea to buy one of those chimney balloons that people use to stop drafts.

Of course when you light your fire they will be history ......

why cover seeds of hardy plants

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 17:30

Hi November member,

I think you might have a point. Last year I tried to grow my own yellow rattle plugs for a wild flower meadow I'm creating. I must have painstakingly sown some 300+ seeds each into individual plug trays. I then ran out of plug trays so just broadcast the remaining seed over the meadow rather than waste it

The plug trays were lovingly nurtured over winter and spring  .... protected from the snow and frost ... but not one germinated.  

The seed that was scattered has flowered beautifully this summer  .... nature knows best.


Channel change today's Instant Gardener

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 07:37

Thanks Kleipieper .... really looking forward to this one.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 08:43

Hi grimble,

We have 10 hives in our garden and don't have a problem .... but the apiary is at a considerable distance from the house with a large meadow area between. You might want to look at where the hives are sited ... it is possible to use hedges / screens to direct the bees flight path up and away from where you will be in the garden.

It might just be one particular hive that is the problem ... if you (or the beekeeper if they are not your hives) can identify a problem hive then re-queening should be considered. Also bees can become a bit feisty if they are queenless and will settle down once they have their new queen.

Hope you can get to the bottom of the problem ... there will be a reason for the change in temperament ...  just needs a bit of detective work to figure it out.


Slug pellet removal...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 13:11

Chris .... you could consider mulching over them so that they are covered.

Me Vs Slugs

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:08

Hi All,

The only problem I have with putting slugs into the compost bins is that when I come to use the compost I'm concerned that I will be spreading slugs and their eggs on to the borders when I mulch with it.

Alan's new series

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 20:33

As others have said, far too many features in too small a space.

I thought the plastic flower / plant wall was awful ... and they tore down the 3 nice diamond shaped trellis panels that looked to be supporting 3 carefully chosen plants. This seemed to be the one bit of the garden that the husband had completed before he died sad then that it was removed.

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