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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

Monty Donn

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 18:47

Thank you Flowering rose.

Planting Tulips now or later

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 18:46

I will let you know next spring if my Tulips bloom or not.

Thanks for all your advice.

Planting Tulips now or later

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 16:15
Thanks guys.

Planting Tulips now or later

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 15:27

Ive bought some Orange Tulips and potted them up and put them somewhere safe. A friend said "oh no thats too early"


MMM im at a loss now as what to do now. Im not going to dig them out. Is the concern the temperature and if so what and why should i be thinking about with regards to Tulips. Other bulbs like Crocus i have also potted up with no wrong doing - i believe.

Oriental Limelight

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 15:13

Why thank you Chris - i hope your not after free cuttings from my gardens.

Oriental Limelight

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 07:26

Thank you. As of yet its been on best behaviour but i decided yesterdayafternoon to take it out incase it got over excited in the future. My friend is due to give me a cutting of a Lilac tree so thats what i will put in its place. And to be honest the fact it was toxic did make me avoid it at the best of times.

Rest in peace Mrs Limelight.


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