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Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 17:00

Smiffy G. Thanks for the link I'll definitely have a look. 

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:59

Sorry Welshonion no can do. I just cannot learn to love wasps. I'm not comfortable with Bees to be honest although they just make me nervous,  I don't dislike them.  I think I'm too old to learn to love wasps, they're aggressive little things that always make a bee line for my face! But I do acknowledge that if I'm going to move into their environment I co exist with them I have to learn to understand them. Will that do?! 

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:51

Hello all,

I decided it was high time that I tried to learn the difference between the different types of bee and learn a bit more about wasps, hornets etc.

Oh my goodness! I had no idea just how many different varieties of each there are! I've just filled up an hour and a half of my time just looking at different images and trying to take in some of the information I was faced with.

Bumble bees - I think I'm largely ok now, although I've managed to reach the grand old age of 46 without realising that a Bumble Bee wont die after it stings you!

Honey bees - I'm still wading my way through but I learned some things. Like the fact that they die after they sting you!

Wasps - urgh! Nothing endearing about them whatsoever. I don't like them. Never will. Malevalent little horrors. Just looking at the pictures gives me the eebee geebees to be quite honest. They do look an awful lot like a honey bee though on a quick glance so I'll have to look a bit harder.

Still can't see the obvious differences between a Wasp and a Leatherjacket Wasp and I can't tell the difference between a Wasp and a Hornet yet either.

I guess I'll have to keep on looking and reading but to anyone that's already got to grips with all of this, I am applauding you.

gardening and mental health

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:46

Great thread! As a panic attack / anxiety attack sufferer (though thankfully, largely under control right now), I've found that there is nothing more effective at lifting my spirits than spending time outside in the garden. And until quite recently I'd never had called myself an outdoor girl (perhaps though that's not living anywhere where I've had an oustide). And sometimes I don't even do anything. I simply take my cup of tea, and my cigarette outside, sit on the bench, watch and listen. Nothing more. I'm lucky that I live in a rural area I know but the sound of bird song, priceless. I also find that on days when I'm really struggling to get through, and so tired I could drop, that forcing myself outside and getting on with something, somehow, without fail, picks me up. If only they could write all of that on a prescription.....

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 09:46


"Me too Heather.  I just try my best and usually it works.  I'm not very scientific either.  I have read most of these posts though, so some of it should filter to my brain at some point"

You're one up on me lol I read it all too, and it won't compute!

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 12:59

Oh golly, I am such an ignoramous when it comes to technical things such as PH levels, NPK's, good soils, bad soils etc etc! I can just about manage to understand drainage! I'm afraid I'm not a very scientific gardener (and still a relative newbie to it too), that I tend to just whack em in and see if it works! I haven't killed anything yet though

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:49

"I like small speakers, I like tall speakers, if they've music they're wired for sound"

A little Cliff Richard for the Cliff lovers amongst you. Oh wait a minute there aren't any!

Probably best to just quote that to whatever you want to kill off in your gardens instead 

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 15:16

I'm with you Clarington, I talk to inanimate objects all the time too (and curse occasionally when they get in way and/or I stub my toe on them) But I talk to my plants as well, all the time. OH thinks I'm off my head and to be honest I don't know if it makes a blind bit of difference, but I'm not going to stop talking to them just in case they really can hear me!!

Plant identification help

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:40

Definitely a cordyline Ian. I've successfully dug up and moved a couple, admittedly they're much smaller than this, but I've moved one more than once without any problem at all. In my experience they don't put down the biggest and deepest of roots but then that's a big plant so you may need to go a little deeper. Recommendation on them is to keep them out of frosts and some shelter. But mine are growing perfectly well just where they are (shady in the morning, sunnier in the afternoon, not too much shelter, and previous cordylines have coped with snow, ice and frost. In my experience if they want to grow they will. So I'd say go for it. Good luck

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:36

Grr missed it. Hadn't realised it was back on. Thank goodness for iPlayer!

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Bees, Wasps and Hornets

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