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Bee spotting guide

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 08:25


Could anyone suggest a good bee spotting/identification guide? We have a wall chart with c. 50 types of bee that came with my boyfriend's bee house, but we have already seen bees that are not on there! We'd like a book or  a better chart if possible.

Failing that, an app (android) or website would be great, if anyone knows of a good one.



Posted: 17/05/2013 at 15:05

I've got a small one of these. I think the new leaves start off red, go pink and then yellow, before eventually turning green. I don't think it will go back red no matter what you feed it until it grows some more leaves! Mine seems to do this quite a lot though, so hopefully you will have some red leaves soon

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 09:10

My garden would be a sorry sight without annuals - it's our first year in a grass rectangle. We haven't decided on many permanent plants, so for this year at least it's a glorious jumble of flowers and the odd veg. I may leave it that way - I like sowing seeds

seedling help?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 14:46

Nah, I bet there's loads of veg you can sow now. We did spring onions, parsley, chives and coriander and they're only just coming through so I'm sure yours would catch up.

Yes I think that's tight about carrots, you can sow every couple of weeks right through July - that's what it says on my seed packet anyway. They are seeds for children to sow with very clear instructions, which I'm sure lazygardener would approve of for novices like us...


Posted: 14/05/2013 at 13:31

Oh. Mine are basking in sunshine at the moment I thought that was why they were flowering so well and for so long!

seedling help?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 13:23

Oh, someone on here suggested I start off some nasturtiums when I was asking about flower seeds to sow outdoors now. I think they climb and are, apparently, edible!

seedling help?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 13:20

Lisa good for you (I feel as though you should get some encouragement now) 

What does it really matter if things don't go to plan this year anyway? Unless you were depending on the food, it's supposed to be fun! I'm very much in the 'don't take it too seriously and come on here to ask when confused' camp. You're doing a good thing showing your kids where food comes from.

I'm going to start some butternut squash and carrots soon which I think should be fine and surely you can do spinach or other salads. All of those are pretty fast growing I think so good for kids??

I'm sure you can buy some tomato plants from somewhere - if you're in Oxford you can have some of mine! My lunatic fiance has grown 60 big plants, many of which are starting to flower now, and we only need 12!





Posted: 14/05/2013 at 13:00

Does anyone know how much direct sun they would need once moved? Tempted to move my primroses to a corner of the garden that gets little, if any, sunshine and then move them back next year....

What flower seeds could I sow outside now to flower this year?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 08:35

Thanks for your replies - I'll have to get some more seeds!

Dove, that's interesting about nasturtiums. I know you can eat calendual petals, but I had no idea about these.

Andy there's a few on that list I've got already (but thought it was too late for) so I can get going with those just as soon as i've done some weeding...

What flower seeds could I sow outside now to flower this year?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 11:17

Hello, I found a packet of calendula seeds (art shades) in the cupboard and thought I might make a little flower bed outside the front door with them - is it too late for them to flower this year now?

Any ideas for flowers that I could sow outside now would be lovely - I have run out of money for plants but could stretch to a few more seeds!

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