Posted: 09/08/2013 at 11:19
I have been growIng illumination pink all season. They flower continuously. ,they aren't the traditional foxgloves but mine are still flowering, look amazing and MAY be hardy....we will see.
No.....I have no doubt.....illumination pink is not the cause of your bumble bees dying Christine. If you are in any doubt then remove them now.
I grow myriads of plants.....I dont intentionally do it for wildlife but for me. For plants I want in my garden. However, I grow organically. It's a healthy garden teeming with bees, butterflies, birds, hedgehogs, and numerous other critters. My garden is a haven for wildlife so I'm doing something right. I have a feeling I do a lot more for wildlife than some of my neighbours do who openly have untended, wild and unkempt plots and claim they are saving the planet
During my time on the forum it is clear most of us grow new. "sterile" plants as well as the old traditional favourites. Our gardens don't have to be totally natives or bee friendly ones. if you want to grow plants simply because they are beautiful that's absolutely fine. I'm currently growing lots of agastaches....a more bee friendly, butterfly friendly group of plantstYou will struggle to find.
There is an awful lot of frenzy and hype now and even panic about what we should be growing in our gardens. Worry when there aren't worms in your soil or birds and bees are absent.
There..Got that off my chest.