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Are sterile plants any good for wildlife?

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:56

Thanks. I understand what you're saying, the garden means different things to different people. Re the bee issue, I've been watching closely over the last couple of weeks and haven't had any more problems. I do tend to think more about the pollinators than what's pleasing to my eye - I suppose that's because I find the bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies etc the most pleasing of all. I am relieved that things seem to have settled. Whatever had happened it's clearly at an end. Thanks for responding.

Are sterile plants any good for wildlife?

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 11:08

I've come online to find out about the new foxglove, Illumination, I bought a couple the other day to try and support pollinators - as these plants were covered in all kinds of pollinators at the nursery, I thought they'd be a good choice. However since planting I have found half a dozen dead buff-tailed bumble bees (over 24hours) - two died inside the flowers. I know there could be any number of reasons for this but I wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience. Are these plants likely to have been developed or grown with the use of the neonicotinoids? I have been listening to the debate about this pesticide and its effect on honey bees and am very worried that I've introduced somthing deadly into my garden.

Are sterile plants any good for wildlife?

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 11:07

I've come online to find out about the new foxglove, Illumination, and noticed this thread. I bought a couple the other day to try and support pollinators - as these plants were covered in all kinds of pollinators at the nursery, I thought they'd be a good choice. However since planting I have found half a dozen dead buff-tailed bumble bees (over 24hours) - two died inside the flowers. I know there could be any number of reasons for this but I wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience. Are these plants likely to have been developed or grown with the use of the neonicotinoids? I have been listening to the debate about this pesticide and its effect on honey bees and am very worried that I've introduced somthing deadly into my garden.

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