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Bee spotting

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 09:48

Inspired by all this talk of bees and bee nests I set to yesterday and made a bumblebee B&B. I used a pot that has had a huge chunk bitten out by the frost..dug a big hole...pushed the pot in and buried the back...put the broken off lip over as a shelter and another piece of broken pot as a's in a spot where buff-tails have nested before (there was an old compost bin there...since moved)

I now read that bumble bee nests are rarely occupied (less than 3% according to a survey done by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust).


Had fun making it tho


The area is surrounded by ferns, astrantias, epimediums etc so it's a bit bare will look better when the plants come into growth. Maybe fairies will move in...more likely to be ants...






Posted: 08/04/2013 at 09:22

Thank you Derek.

Mina lobata

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 09:20

I love these unusual climbers and try growing them every year. Last year mine all died in the grim has been said, they don't like the cold so I keep mine indoors well into summer...potting on the seedlings into quite deep pots with some pea sticks for support. I've grown them in full sun and in part shade both  times successfully. This year's seeds were sown over the bank holiday weekend and are germinating already.




Posted: 07/04/2013 at 21:18

I divided mine this autumn....but the dark leaved ones have that horrid orange spot fungus I've already lost three plants...I don't want to lose any more. I even moved the plants to a different area in the garden hoping to leave the fungus behind....but no.

If it gets to my heucherellas I'll cry.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 21:14

I'm not an expert...I just know that my ones (Astrantia roma and ?snowball) seem to keep to their clumps. I have to take out the seedlings tho else they would take isn't a problem as I only have two - three plants. Perhaps the one you are looking at is a bit more rhobust than the hybrids? I know nothing....


Hellebore Addiction

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 21:09

I only have two....but I collected some seed a few years ago and this year one of the babies looks like it may flower


Here is the mummy plant (bit difficult to take pics!)


the baby bud looks pink...daddy plant is a pink double so I can't wait to see what the baby flowers look like....




Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 21:00

Hello Salino   they're supposed to be very hardy, they are herbaceous perennials and clump forming...usually start flowering in late spring/early summer and I seem to always have some flowers until autumn..often I cut them right back because they start getting out of control and they bounce right back with lots of flowers. They will self seed too....oh and I just remembered...I had one in a sunny border and it was fine. I only moved it to the shady bed (it does get some sun) because I wanted them growing up through the ferns.

I just have the two...I have been getting unsightly blotchy patches on some of the leaves...but I just cut them off and bin them.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 20:50

Hi Sam...yes...mine are in a shady bed in amongst ferns...altho they do well in semi-shade too.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 20:47

Well those ones I grew from seed (Roma)....when they set seed this year I'll collect them and send them straight away to anyone who wants them. They're best sown fresh into something like JI No 1 with grit on top in a little pot and dumped into a cold frame and forgotten about for about 6 months!  

here's another one...I think it's called 'snowball' not managed to grow any of these from collected seed (yet)





Posted: 07/04/2013 at 20:35

Thank you...I will save them to flower again...

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