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Runner beans

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 08:24

I read the other day that some bees bite through the flowers to get to the nectar.

Lavender from seed

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 07:11

I've grown munstead from seed and as far as I can remember, I started them in summer in seed trays in the greenhouse, then potted the seedlings up into 3" pots and kept them over winter in a cold frame. The following spring they were potted on again and made decent plants.  The problem with seed is that the resulting plants are all different sizes and shapes but they're all flowering.....all 50 of them!

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 09:02

I'm a cram everything in gal too, though in my dreams I'd love a big walled garden with wide borders and fruit and veg mixed in with the flowers, a huge greenhouse and potting shed.



Coverage of Hampton Court Flower Show

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 08:43

I agree rosa, and I personally dislike rows of bedding plants, One thing I have noticed though, when we have a stall, the amount of people who ask for plants that attract butterflies and NOT bees, because they're worried about their children getting stung.  Perhaps some education about bees as well as the plants that attract them is required?  I've mentioned this before on a post here, wondering whether local councils would play the health and safety card regarding bees.

Coverage of Hampton Court Flower Show

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 11:37

I live in the countryside Lowenna but unfortunately it's a bit of a desert as far as wildlife is concerned.  Most of the hedgerows are gone, the herbicides and pesticides used on crops have a habit of spreading further than field boundaries, wiping out many of the wildflowers, people dump their rubbish anywhere out of sight, housing developments creep into greenbelt.  In the villages people pave and tarmac over their gardens, they plant sterile bedding plants, fence off their gardens like prisons, use chemicals to control anything they don't like, let their cats roam about without collars with bells.....the list is endless, and I could rant for hours.
All this aside, whether we want wildlife venturing into our gardens or not, without pollinating insects such as bees, we're facing major problems in food production on a global scale.
It's taken SO long for the horticultural industry to get the message (or at least to share that message), and though it's a bit late in the day, it's not too late to do something. So I say, keep banging on about gardening for wildlife, it's vital that people get the message.


Floppy Rose

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 08:25


would something like this do the trick?  Although it says in all the blurb about domed rose supports that you tie in alomost horizontally so possibly not

Buyer Beware

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 08:12

hahaha mags, my friend bought a couple of those hanging basket seed mats too, we're waiting to see the results.  Lots of greenery but no flowers as yet.  I better tell her not to get her hopes up. Aitch 

Buyer Beware

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 16:17

I think milk thistle too.....ya live and learn!  It will be moved as it's blocking an area I need to get to but I'll keep it for the bees

Buyer Beware

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 14:43

This beast was sold to me as an Eryngium at a plant fair earlier this year when it was a tiny wee thing in a 3" pot.  It's now almost 4' tall and the leaves are lethal....otherwise I'd take a look at the plant label to find out what manner of Eryngium they were professing it to be.  The bees love it though so it can stay where it is....for now.
Anybody else been mis-sold a triffid?  

realy big empty garden

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 18:27

but Gary why do gardens have to have a consistent idea or theme?

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