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Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 14:21

Plastic pots and definitely no way in through the base for them. Just watched a bee dugging its way down in another pot, will have to put that one somewhere safe when the bee finishes,

Also just went past Lonicera alseuosmoides and  there were over 200 bees of all kinds on it, and that was just on the one side.

Shockers

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 14:16

I was only doing the seed weeds. And been out gardening since and though of a lot more too!

We have four types of plants here, in order of frequency, thugs, dying, dead and desirable!

Plants.

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 12:45

I do not have my Campanulas mixed up. The two which cause the most trouble here are the one which used to be called C. urticifolia and is now C. trachelium in all its forms, we have double white, purple, pink and singles of all those hues and they all spread every where. The other one is C. persicifolia in its white form which is only out competed by Anemone japonica.

 

Shockers

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 12:40

Almost all Alliums, All geraniums, Alchemilla mollis, alpina, erthropoda and another one which I can never remember the name, A shrubby Lonicera with white flowers and red berries, everyone of which has a viable seed which the birds spread everywhere. Elecampine (Inula something or other, Geums, even the named ones,

I could keep going, but if I had the energy to dead head these things..........

Oh and the worst seed thug of all, Aquilegia.

Plants.

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:08

Another seed weed which I have just been removing, by the wheelbarrow load before they seed again.

Parsnips

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 21:17

Just be very careful, if you damage the tiny white root then the parsnip will either not grow or not make a decent root. When I did this, more years ago than I care to remember, I ended up cutting the tissue paper into pieces each with a germinated seed on it and planting the paper rather than trying to get the root out of the paper.

Any clean container will do, it is only to keep the paper in and damp.

moving alliums

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 21:15

Good a time as any to find the bulbs and move them, at least the flower/seed heads show you where to dig. They will only be loosley attached to the bulb in any case.

PUZZLING POO

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 21:13

Yep, peasant.............whoops pHeasant!

Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 15:38

Seed pot is/was one of those half pots (usually sold as Cactus pots). It was on a set of shelves along with many others on a south east facing shed side. Peat free compost with a good half inch gravel topping and obviously a fair number of seedlings in it. Also found pupa in other 7 cm square pots in the same area. These had compost in them but were actuallly waiting to be emptied onto the compost heap.

We have cobbled patha in many areas of the garden and they are stuffed wth bee larva.

This acre of land has probably never been sprayed with anything, certainly not for the last 40 years as the previous owners were pig farmers, the next ones did not garden and we have not sprayed in the 18 years we have been here making the garden.

MD in current GW

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 21:50

The answer is a good mix. If you stuck just to native plants, the garden would be a much poorer place. Britiain is very low in the number of native plants compared to other parts of Europe.

The plant which always amazes me is Lonicera alseuosmoides, an evergreen climbing type. The flowers are nothing much to look at and as far as I can discern, scent-free, yet I have just counted over 300 bees of all kinds all over it. Far and away more than there is on L. peryclimen the native Honeysuckle.

 

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