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Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 12:47

Hi here's the photo of the bee house!  I wonder if I should leave a gap between

the wall and the bee house, so that they can crawl straight through from front

to back - there probably isn't much room for them to turn around!


Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 12:35

Brilliant!  Thanks a lot for that tip Nutcutlet - I have lots of ivy berries, so will

keep that in mind as Christmas approaches.  

As you are my main mentor Nutcutlet, I wonder if I could ask you if you know

anything about bee houses?  As mentioned in my previous post, I've bought

one, but now I'm not sure whether I should situate it flat against a south facing

wall.  It comes provided with a wire to hang it from, but I'm a bit worried about

the bees swinging around in the sea breezes!  However, if I fasten it against

the wall, will that stop the bees from using it - maybe they need a front and

back exit?  Any ideas gratefully received!  Think I'll try and pop a photo on

here later so you can see what I'm talking about!

Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:29

Thanks everyone for your input - I will try everything you've suggested and

hope for the best next year.  I'll have to try to get some fake berries to tie

on my holly for Christmas this year!  I did wonder about the cold, late Spring

this year and I remember being really worried about the lack of bees in my

garden - I didn't see any until well into summer, but by then it was too late.

Today I took delivery of a lovely bee house, which I hope will help some of the

poor things to survive whatever this winter throws at us all. Will let you know

how it goes!   

just a commett

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 22:16

Hi Marty,

I'll second that!  

Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 22:09

HI All,

I'm hoping someone out there can give me a bit of advice about my holly bush

(which is rapidly turning into a tree!).  I planted it about eight years ago and every

year upto this year I've had lots of lovely berries - this year I've counted only three!

It's the varigated type with green and gold leaves (no prickles).  Am I right in

thinking it's the male which bears berries?  Beside it is the female (I think) 

which is very prickly but has the same coloured leaves.  I'm at a loss to know

why I don't have berries this year - can anyone help me with this please?

I should say that the problem started in the spring, because there were

hardly any flowers on it, hence no berries.

Canadian snow

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:19

She sure did!  Mine made me porridge with cream and runny honey on top!

Is the bonny baby (above) one of your grandchildren Woodgreen?

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 20:27

I still have cosmos too, marigolds, cyclamen, geraniums (should get them in) -

lots of everlasting begonias going very strongly still and masses of honeysuckle

growing high on the wall where it catches the sun.  Hope the strong winds

here tonight don't flatten everything.


Posted: 03/11/2013 at 20:12

Thanks a lot Dove -  I'll do as you say - thanks for the link you gave me too,

I found it really interesting!   

Canadian snow

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 19:58

Memories indeed Woodgreen!  You've taken my mind back to the days

when kids could cycle miles without parental concern - I lived in rural

Cheshire in those days though and we used to take off at about 9a.m.

with sandwiches and pop and not get back home until tea time!  Happy days!

my OH and I love Milford too and Lymington, of course!   

Canadian snow

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 12:19

Hope you make it Star - I think you'll love it!  

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