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bee success

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 20:49

Hi Nutcutlet,

Back for a little while I hope - have had a busy time again with a very sick daughter.

I've PMd you.  

Wild flowers

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 20:32

Hi WG123 - Many thanks for that - hopefully I will be able to save some

precious bees!

Wild flowers

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 19:44

Putting up bee boxes to protect the bees from the cold in winter might help

them too Wildlife Gardener123.   I love your story about feeding the bee sugar

water and would like to try it.  I've always just lifted bees in distress onto a

pollen laden flower, but your bee cure sounds much better - what is the ratio

approx. of sugar to water or doesn't it really matter?


Wisteria planting.

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 19:29

Thanks Perki

  I'll try that.  Good luck with your wisteria too!  I have to say that

yours looks a whole lot healthier than mine!  

Wisteria planting.

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 10:52

Hi Perki,

I'm having problems with my wisteria which I bought in early Spring.  I planted it

against the front wall of my house (with visions in years to come of the whole

frontage being made lovely by it!)   For a few day s it seemed to thrive and had

a few lovely blossoms, then I went out one morning and the snails had almost

eaten the lot.  Because we see hedgehogs I couldn't put slug pellets down so

I ended up digging it up and putting it back in a larger pot than I'd bought it

in.  Since then it has struggled and now has new leaves, but for the life of me I

don't know how to protect it, as although I use crushed eggshells round the

bottom of it to deter the snails - I know they will just crawl up other plants and

onto the wall further along if I replant it.  Any suggestions gratefully received!

Wild flowers

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 10:29

I have to agree with you Shutterbug on the subject of Governments.

We can only live in hope that they will listen to us.  Maybe we should

approach Prince Charles on this subject as he is absolutely committed to

protecting the environment by staying organic. I know he's not supposed to

interfere in politics, but he does and in some cases has been known to have

influenced them according to the press.  He made an excellent broadcast

on Radio 4 many  years ago which is in print in the book  "Respect for the Earth"

which is a good read for anyone concerned about the environment.  Long live bees!

Wild flowers

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 23:10

Hi - I've just this evening received two emails -one from Friends of the Earth

and the other from 38 Degrees to say that they too have heard that  Syngenta

have withdrawn their application to use pesticides linked to bee harm. I've signed

more petitions on this subject than I can shake a stick at and so have all my

friends and lets hope we can keep them at bay permanently......but there is a

rumour that they are going to try again next year to persuade the government

to let them in.   Like lots of you have already said, despite all the wildflowers

I've grown this year I've hardly seen any bees and even fewer butterflies, but I

believe people power will prevail if we all keep signing the petitions.


growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 22:11

Hi Everyone,

I'm back (for tonight at least!!)  Sorry not to have posted for a long time, but

I've been looking after my daughter whose been very poorly and haven't had

time to keep in touch.  My wildflower garden has been beautiful this year, but

sadly, I don't have many photos to prove it (again no time)but I do have one or

two taken in May.  This year it really did well after all the rain and seeds which

hadn't germinated last year sprang up and surprised me!  Mainly they were

poppies and I was so pleased to see them after being disappointed last year.

I've just watched Monty Don weeding his wildflower garden and I'm happy to say 

I decided to do that with mine last year and it paid dividends in that I have hardly

anything growing in my wildflower garden this year that I don't want.  Now sadly,

it's past its best and as we've had heavy rain this evening I'm expecting to find

it decimated tomorrow.  We've had hardly any rain here for about six weeks, so

the ground is rock hard, but it seems to have suited the corncockles and

cornflowers and marigolds thank goodness.  My O/H laughs at me when I ask

him to help me to water it (It's a long way from the house -so no hose-pipe, but

I really think it needs a helping hand sometimes - what do you think?

Below are one or two photos of the garden in May - will try to do better with

photos and posting next year!  Best wishes everyone! Ffb.




 Just a p.s. to ask if you can zoom in to see the pictures as I had just

tried and it worked with the first one but not with the others.  Not sure

what to do about this and the pictures aren't really much good if you

can't see them in close-up.  Would be grateful for any feed back on


Plant ID for wildflower

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 21:21

many thanks for all your answers.  I'll list it as Bugle!  I'm making a list of all

the wild flowers in my garden and so far I have 28 different species.  The only

one which has disappointed me is the "world war one poppy".   I sowed hundreds

of them and only one has come up so far.  The ox eye daisies have]really

done well, as have the cornflowers, corn marigolds and corn cockles.    Will

post photos when they are all fully in bloom.   Nutcutlet I'll send you some

seeds if and when I can get some. I've not seen Bugle before, so I'm not

sure what to look for, but will do my best!

Plant ID for wildflower

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 15:05

Please can anyone identify this blue wild flower for me?  A friend

gave it to me from out of her country garden but she doesn't know

the name of it. Thank you!


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