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Overwintering Gazanias

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 11:49

Yes, we have managed to keep gazanias over winter before.  The first time we did so, we put them in the greenhouse (unheated) and most survived still in their pots.

However, as we were in a rush to get to Australia for son's 40th, last years were left out and again some survived. One just had the tiniest green shoot and carefully nurtured, it was beautiful this year.

So, I would say, that probably if in a sheltered position they would survive over winter. It's certainly worth a try anyway!


help! plant id please

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 08:44

Yep, looks like Evening Primrose; I bought one years ago and still have loads come up every year, from self-seeding.  Just pull 'em up if unwanted or give seed heads away so friends can enjoy them for years to come.

Warning though, they do grow quite tall!  Lovely perfume, though.

Where is the buzz of busy bees?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 19:25

Great to hear that some gardens are buzzing a bit more today; I stood and watched my lavender earlier this afternoon and there was one small bumble, then shortly after that 2 more of the same and then a larger more stripey bumble, totalling 4 at the same time! A record so far this year...

However, they were not stopping long on any flowers, just taking a look and buzzing off to another!!

Where is the buzz of busy bees?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 11:03

Morning All

First time I've ever written on here but just had to, as I share the same concerns regarding the bees, or rather lack of bees in my garden this year.

My beautiful and huge French Lavender is fully out now and is ALWAYS full of bees, buzzing away and this morning I saw only one. Have several other different varieties not out yet, also.

Yesterday was much the same, maybe 2 or 3 seen, but my husband and I are worried too about their lack of presence.

As we have a young puppy and older dog, the door is always open.We have had several flying indoors and much as we try and catch them and gently encourage them back onto a nice pollen-laden flower, don't really know what happens to them after that. Others have been found dead or very nearly dead, also; we try and rescue them if possible.

It's all so sad that this is happening and not sure that it is the cooler weather, because yesterday pm was quite warm and sunny but still scarcity of bees and other pollinators for that matter.

flowering bergenia

Posted: 07/01/2012 at 13:18

Yes, bergenias are a welcome sight at this time of year, aren't they?  Especially when there isn't much else in flower, so plant more or split yours if poss. when finished flowering and increase your plants for next winter!!  Good luck.

Talkback: Identifying bumblebees

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:27
Thank you so much for all the info about bumblebees. Yesterday, we cleared away no less than 7 dead bumbles from our kitchen windowsill!! How sad; they fly in the back door and as has been said, it is just so frustrating to try and manouevre them to safety, or try and capture them gently in order to release them...

I am determined to learn how to identify the many which visit us to record them before the deadline. Thank you again for the wonderful info about these beautiful creatures.
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