London (change)
Today 20°C / 15°C
Tomorrow 20°C / 13°C

Soney


Latest posts by Soney

5 returned

I Found Bees!

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 13:03

Thanks everyone for your input, i really appreciate the advice received.

I Found Bees!

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 16:43

Thank you Waterbutts.

I agree Fairygirl, I'll do my best to help the bees! I have not seen many wasps this year and I never realised how useful wasp can be; you learn something new every day!

I Found Bees!

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 13:25

Hi all,

I did a prelimiary search of the forum and found lots on bees but not quite what I was looking for but I apologise if my questions (see penultimate paragraph) have been answered before.

A few months ago I stored some logs from a felled fir tree next to my compost bins. A few weeks back I temporarily stored some grass cuttings and other cuttings on top of the wood (my compost bins were full).

This weekend I had the time to empty the bottom half of my compost bins with contained the 'good stuff' and it was my intention to clean the area up including adding those cuttings sitting loose on top of the logs.

I soon realised that I appear to have a bees nest. When I removed some of the cuttings and logs, I was suddenly surrounded by a few bees which appeared to be a little agitated. I beat a hasty retreat and came back about an hour later to investigate. I saw bees coming out of the area under the logs (there is some earth here so they might be coming out of the ground but I cannot know without disturbing the bees again). I am no expert on bees but with the assistance of 'Google' they do appear to be the size of a honey bee but I have no idea if they are or not (I appreciate there are several species).

I am thrilled to have them, I have seen many more bees in my garden this year than any other and it is wonderful for my children to see bees collecting the nectar (not least because the two monkeys seem to have stopped picking the flowers off their stems)! The hive (if it is one) is in an area which my children cannot reach (yet).

My questions are: 1) do the bees vacate the hive after 'x' amount of time? 2) Should I leave well alone and compost elsewhere for a while? 3) I know there are programs in place to monitor whats happening to our bees but are there any organisations I can report the find to (I live in Surrey).

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Dhalia Novice needs some advice.

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 15:23

Thanks everyone for all your advice i really do appreciate it.

I have an Arabian Night Dahlia in my collection which is my favourate so pleased to hear it may be relatively hardy. I am going to enjoy them for now and when the time is right cut them back and give them a good mulch!

In response to KEVC, this is the first year I have grown Dahlia's, they are beautiful and a new favourate! I will definately be planting more for next year and I would definately recommend them for your garden!

Thank you all

Soney 

Dhalia Novice needs some advice.

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 13:09

Hi all,

I grew my first Dahlia's from tubers this year. I started them in pots and put them into position in the garden in June (i think). They are now growing fantastically and they all have many flowers. They seem to me to be in their prime!

However, I understand that they now (or soon will need to be) either cut back and covered in mulch or removed from the garden cleaned and placed in saw dust or similar to protect from frost.

My question is do I cut them back now even though they are in full bloom or shall I leave them for a while longer? Secondly, if I heavily mulch the area where the tubers are planted would they have a chance of surviving the winter (I have no green house only a shed)? I live in Surrey where the weather is not too extreme! I was hoping to be able to mulch rather than dig up and store the Dahlia's.

Your advice/tips would be most welcome!   

Edit: Sorry about the typo in the description heading!

5 returned

Discussions started by Soney

I Found Bees!

Bee Help Please 
Replies: 9    Views: 492
Last Post: 03/07/2013 at 16:05

Dhalia Novice needs some advice.

Dhalia Novice needs some advice. 
Replies: 8    Views: 697
Last Post: 28/09/2012 at 15:23
2 threads returned