Bee witched

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Brightened up a traffic jam!

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 19:44

The best I saw was on holiday in the Caribbean.

A septic tank emptying vehicle had the slogan ...

"Number 1 in the number 2 business!"

Bee x

Seed dispensers

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 13:04

Thanks Ladybird,

Sounds like a good tip.

Seed dispensers

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 11:13

Morning all,

Typical July summer morning here in Scotland (wet!!) ... so been having a surf.

I'm looking for a seed dispenser for those small tricky seeds it's difficult to space thinly. Has anyone used one ... or are they just a gimmick?


greenhouse floor calamity

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 11:01

Hi cookycow,

You could try some self-levelling flooring compound .... and if it's still a bit too uneven, then you could cover with granite chips or gravel.


What do you hate most about gardening?

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 19:41

Evening everyone,

I'm with Kathmay on slugs and snails .... although the nematodes are a great help.

My other pet hate is the million and one local pheasants ... a real pain (especially in Spring).  They seem to enjoy snapping the heads off things just when they are looking lovely. Snakeshead fritillary were a firm favourite this year ... nothing sadder than a forest of decapitated plants.

Rant over ... time for a gin.



Posted: 14/07/2017 at 16:03

Hi raisingirl,

I'll actually be moving them as they've turned out to be the tall white ones  ... when the ones I ordered should have been shorter and blue.

They are nice though .... so I've another spot in mind where they can go. I might leave a couple of spikes and collect a bit of seed so I can bulk up the clump in their new location.

Thanks for your help.



Posted: 14/07/2017 at 13:12

Thanks Alan,

Think I'll take them off then.



Posted: 14/07/2017 at 13:07


I've grown camassias for the first time this year. Do I need to cut off the spent flowers stems (as you would with other bulbs), or should they be left to die down. I'm not bothered about collecting any seed.



Chased by bee

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 21:19

Hi Mary,

If the guys only check them 2 or 3 times a season, then who looks after them the rest of the time?

From April to end August we check each hive weekly.  We are looking for signs that the bees may swarm ... and take action to prevent this (nobody thanks you if your bees swarm into their chimney!!). We also need to check the bees have enough room & enough food ... and we also are checking for disease (some diseases are notifiable).

If you fancy having bees it would be worth contacting a local beekeepers' association and asking to go along to an apiary visit. That way you'll be able to see what's involved and how to open a hive and handle the bees.

Hope this is helpful


Chased by bee

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 20:46

Hi Tracey,

A nuc is short for a nucleus of bees. This is a smaller colony of bees kept in a nucleus box. It is usually created by splitting an existing hive and getting the bees to create a new queen. As the number of bees builds up they will be rehoused in a full hive box. 

Hi Mary,

Not sure how renting a hive would work .... I'd be interested to know more if you find out anything.  They really are fascinating .... their navigation and communication systems are amazing. After 10 years of keeping bees we are still very much novices!


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