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Posted: 12/08/2013 at 23:53

Thinking of the devastating bee colony failures that started to occur a few years ago I've been really pleased recently to see just how many more bees have been in my garden this year compared to previous years... Then yesterday I found a bee looking very sluggish and wondered whether there was something serious happening again or whether it was just 'having a rest'.

I've also wondered about  bees being adversely affected by extreme heat - We did have several weeks of unusually high temperatures recently. I know they can get dehydrated.

I remember a few years back I found an almost comatose bee and suspected dehydration because of the heat. I mixed a tiny amount of honey in a teaspoon of tepid water and poured a little pool of this homemade 'nectar' next to the bee. I then gently nudged the bee up to the pool until it could feel the liquid with its antennae. After much immobility (the bee!)  I was so gratified to see it eventually take interest. I was absolutely thrilled when, literally within minutes, it had recovered and flew away. 

This may not be what's been happening to the many deadbees StillLearning found but it is a 'feel good' story that might help other 'thirsty bees who just can't find enough nectar to sustain the immense energy usage they expend in just flying!



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Posted: 18/07/2013 at 07:29

Thanks for that good idea MrsGarden, now I know how it behaves I can 'tell it what to do' next year a bit earlier on.

debra - they really look good enough to eat! 

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Posted: 18/07/2013 at 00:19

No, I won't cut them all off now but I will tidy it up a bit. Might find some useful space under it. Thanks for the advice.

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Posted: 17/07/2013 at 21:57

Thankyou lovetogarden and Mrs Garden. I'll watch for those brown flower heads. Could I reduce to now to get it off surrounding plants, do you think, or would destroy age it in some way?

My lavender is doing something similar - spreading massively but happily. Don't want to ruin next years shape but they are all a bit out of hand smothering surrounding areas. 

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Posted: 17/07/2013 at 19:39

On a different note can anyone identify this yellowish plant for me please?

 (I think the photo may be a bit distorted)

it came from 'nothing' (ie was not visible last winter) and at first gave a nice bit of structure and colour. At first was attractive and  fairly compact but has now collapsed outward s onto everything around it:

I'd like to have it show again next year but with a bit more understanding of how to control it. I wondered at first if it was a weed but it is clearly not spreading - except by collapsing. A name might be useful if anyone recognises it. 



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Posted: 17/07/2013 at 19:24



Thank you so much for the nastutiums pic John - they really do make a lovely splash of colour for just a sprinkling of seeds for the packet,

These are my 3 plants,


bought a market for several quid each. Note the one on the lefI refuses to stand up,



yet was the first to flower  . Any ideas why, anyone?  I now notice the other two have at last strengthened as well as overtaken the one on the left in putting out flowers. Hmm!

Next year I'll definitely use seed, though.


Cistus pulverulentus (sunset)

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 14:33

Latest on Cistus 17July 2013

Apparently, it has forgiven me the winter's neglect and responded to proper care. It sheds its flowers every evening and opens up new ones the next day.


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Posted: 17/07/2013 at 14:23

Thank you for that info little-ann. They're a lovely return for your first year's planting.

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Posted: 17/07/2013 at 11:34

Thanks John. It really looks like slate, very effective.

Will try scattering nasturtium seed next year: looks a good way to fill some bare earth at edge of borders, provide colour (plus the occasional extra peppery flavour in salads!) 

little-anne: Lovely chrysanthemum(!) dahlia (?) (sorry I still don't know enough to identify them).

You seem to have them in a pot - can I ask do they do well all year like that, or do you have to dig up the bulbs in the autumn and replant next year?

I might try it myself because through ignorance I'm sure I've dug up or cut through some important planting my wife did in previous years and it might be a way of knowing where they are each year if I grow them in pots.

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Posted: 17/07/2013 at 00:25

Beautiful herb display, John, and it will be even lovelier next year.

Also love the Nasturtiums - same colours as mine but more sturdy. I know not to feed them because they only flower in poor soil;  so how do you get them to grow stronger? Is it just a matter of time?  Mine have been in about 3 weeks but are still flopping.

By the way, is it slate you've used for the the herb bed?

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What is this condition that has affected my Bramley apples this year? 
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Weed or flower?

Plant identification please and advice on planting under an apple tree. 
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Effect on plants of the limestone 'mulch 
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Pruning lavender 
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Can I take cuttings from my Stephanotis house plant? 
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Advice needed on Strawberry leaf disease

Appearance of what looks like rust on newly planted strawberries 
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Dianthus reborn?

ID needed for unexpected trough contents 
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Fern flourished through mild winter.

What should I do about fern whose foliage has not died down as normal? 
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The Bully and the Policeman

Garden pests (human - but only just!) 
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Absence of necessary Toolbars 
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Cistus pulverulentus (sunset)

Frost damaged - should I cut back 
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