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My clematis Fond Memories did just that, died. I bought another to replace it only to find the following year, the dead one returned. They look good together but have to say, are very susceptible to wilt.
The open flowered Dahlia's are a magnet in my garden. The advice above is spot on and the list is endless on what you can plant. Very good luck and well done on gardening for Bees and in turn other beneficial insects..
It wasn't the usual flower shape of the Valerian but more flat headed like Cow Parsley
Oh, I didn't think it was Meadowsweet as it was pink and not as fluffy. Will check it out, thanks.
Saw this growing in a meadow in Scotland, it had a beautiful scent, anyone know what it is?
If the plant is very tall it probably is Scabious 'Cephalaria gigantea ' and yes, it is a Bee magnet.
Links don't seem to be working on here. But it is definitely a moth, very similar to the Buff Ermine moth. Very beautiful and so glad you don't destroy them.
I would say the Elder would be better for wildlife, especially birds.. I love Philadelphus for their perfume but I haven't noticed much Bee activity on mine, might be because it has a lot of competition in my garden from other plants.
A lovely wildlife haven you have there, HyppyByker. My kind of garden!!
Couldn't agree more with your sentiments. It was ten years ago a friend raised the awareness of gardening for wildlife and since then my garden has been transformed which now includes a mini-meadow. I will repeat again though, the RHS has only recently in the last couple of years got on board and are now sending out the message of how important gardens are for wildlife and what plants to choose to create a wildlife haven.