Posted: 08/05/2012 at 08:28
Why is it that Gardener's World do not make the connection between getting rid of perennial weeds and wild flowers that bees like. Bees love dandelions, Rose Bay Willow Herb, clover, brambles and many others. Bees are under threat and the latest scientific research shows that neonicotinoid pesticides are killing them (produced by Bayer and others). I have a wonderful display of Green Alkanet, Herb Robert, dandelions, Valerian, not yet in flower but loved by butterflies and humming bird hawk moths, all amongst my planted flowers which are all bee friendly of course. If you want a riot of colour and not a regimented display as seen in council flower beds, leave them alone for the insects who love them and the birds will take care of your greenfly. Shame on you Gardener's World for suggesting poisons are the answer!