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Autumn and what now?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 22:06

Yes garden centres are expensive. I will try to save my purse and get sowing.

Autumn and what now?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 20:56

Wow off to garden centre tomorrow - may need a trolley.

The forums to blame if im skint next week.

Planting Tulips now or later

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 18:35

Christopher2 - wheres Christopher1 - are you the new improved version? lol

Thank - im sure they will dazzle me when they appear, and knock the birds off their


Why do they sell them now and not in November?

Autumn and what now?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 17:55

Sarcoccoca and Chimonanthes - i have not heard these plants before. They look very delicate. I will keep amy open for them. Thank you lilylouise.

Autumn and what now?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 17:52

MMM anyone know why!

Planting Tulips now or later

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 17:51

Thank you ladygardener2 - its all trial and error.

Autumn and what now?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 13:39

Oh good -  i have ivy - who dosnt

Mahonia now thiers a plant. I had one in my previous garden.


Thank you for your responses.



Autumn and what now?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 08:24

Im on the lookout for Helebores for my garden. I believe Helebores are a welcomeing food source in spring for the bees. Does anyone else know of this? And can you think of anyother plant that would be beneficial for the insect world through those cold and damp months we call winter?

 This is fascinating reading i got from the internet this morning.

Honeybees have a very interesting method of winter survival. Honeybees stop flying when the weather drops below 50 degrees. When the temperature drops below that, the bees all crowd into the lower central area of the hive and form a "winter cluster." The worker bees huddle around the queen bee at the center of the cluster, shivering in order to keep the center around 80 degrees. The worker bees rotate through the cluster from the outside to the inside so that no bee gets too cold. The outside edges of the cluster stay at about 46-48 degrees. The colder the weather is outside, the more compact the cluster becomes .

Hibernating honeybees have been studied and shown to consume up to 30 pounds of stored honey during the winter months, which helps the bees produce body heat. Heat energy is produced by the oxidation of the honey, and circulated throughout the hive by the wing-fanning of worker bees . Note the diagram at right.

On warmer days, bees will venture out for short flights to eliminate body waste. The flights do not last long nor do the bees travel very far because if their body gets too cold they might not be able to return to the hive .

Oriental Limelight

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 07:26


Oriental Limelight

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 21:35

Christopher i can send you some Oriental limelight if you fancy

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