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Lily beetle on penstemmon plants

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 22:20

This is the first year I've had any problems (one pot of Fritillaria Uva-Vulpis decimated .... but the other 3 are fine).

Didn't think lily beetles were in my part of Scotland.

Have sprayed all lilies and fritillaria with neem solution .... and doused the soil. Hopefully this will work.

Sycamore seedlings

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 20:45

Evening everyone ...

Can I put a plea in for the sycamores?

All acers are absolutely great for honeybees ... an excellent source of early nectar and pollen.

No chainsaws ...thanks.

Sawfly -Gooseberries

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 21:48

You might want to try neem as an organic option.






Beekeeper request.

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 08:27

Sorry Edd ....  we use all our beeswax to make candles, and many other beekeepers keep it to exchange for fresh foundation for new frames. This helps to keep costs down.

There's a lot of time and effort goes into cleaning the wax (it has to be gently melted in a low oven and filtered) so you are unlikely to find it easy to source a cheap supply.



An ENVY thread....

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:09

Hello to all ...  enjoying this thread!

Busybee, just to "get your goat" I have to report that I managed to grow a dozen or so blue meconopsis sheldonii which are now nice sized plants and will be going in the border in a couple of weeks. Didn't do anything special ... just collected seed from one of my existing plants and sowed fresh. They came up quite quickly and have spent the winter in a coldframe. 

Oh ...  and I managed to get a record crop of honey from my bees last summer (500 lbs). Fingers crossed that we get another good summer. 

But .. I am totally envious of anyone with half decent soil! I have to seriously improve mine with copious amounts of compost / manure before I can plant anything. Digging a hole for a shrub requires a pickaxe. Still, good exercise!




Oh No!!

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 13:24

Hi folks,

I think fidgetbones is probably right ... and I'm not going to get to see the first 2 programmes. Shame because I particularly wanted to see the first one with Monty doing a wildflower meadow as I'm planning one for here for round my beehives. (I'm also a big Monty fan!!).

Have a good Christmas all ...

Bee witched  




Oh No!!

Posted: 20/12/2013 at 22:13

Help needed ....  just returned from hols and had expected to be able to see the first two episodes of the Great British Garden Revival on i-player. Hadn't realised they would be taken off afer 7 days. Does anyone know of any other way to view? Are they likely to be on the web anywhere?

Really dissapointed .... hope someone can help.

Bee witched



Where is the buzz of busy bees?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 09:03

Hi All,

I keep honey bees and many beekeepers are reporting winter losses of about 60% of their hives. The issues affecting the honeybees may well have also affected other types of bees.

We've been luckier than most and managed to bring through 11 of our 13 hives ... and all are now building up nicely. I'm also seeing plently of bumbles ...especially on the lamiums ..... so here's hoping for a great summer so that all the bees can make up for lost time!

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 08:41

Three for me are .... the spring and autumn gentians  .... Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes'  ( a much nicer name than navelwort!) .... and Centaurea montana (great bee plant.

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 18:29

Hiya .... yes, there is a night shift.

I hang out of the bedroom window if the security light comes on and rattle for all I'm worth  .... could end in tears!

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