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spread!Earlier today I watched as a dozen or more bees eagerly flitted here and there, visiting the clover flowers. Far from being a weedy embarrassment my lawn is actually a wildlife haven.Earlier in the day my daughter commented on the numerous
raspberries which are affected, but also blackberries , logan berries and other hybrid berries that are at risk. But whatever the crop, only spray at dusk to minimize the risk of damage to bees and other beneficial and pollinating insects.
want early or late flowers, I suppose. Bees don't care either way and just want to get stuck in! The other annual climber of which I am very fond is Cobea scandens. My wife and I have a competition each year to see who can grow the best specimen
with soldierfly and robberfly, but they retain bee-fly rather than the bovine-sounding beefly. Dung beetle is two words. The trouble with dung flies is that it invites the reposte: only if you throw it.
it into a wildlife garden. I'll plant it up with a range of local, native plants (as well as some of my favourite bee-friendly cultivars), and monitor the wildlife that it attracts. So far we just have a friendly pigeon visiting, and the frogs I rescued from
How hard would it be to design green roofs for cars? Just imagine: you stop off to pick up some groceries, and on returning to your car, you find it's alive with the sight and sound of butterflies and bees tucking into the supply of nectar on its
, and the warm weather. And that weather has already brought forth its first worshippers. Within minutes of exploring the garden we are buzzed by a bee-fly, Bombylius major, that perfect herald of spring as it bobs its hovering flight over the red dead nettle
, full of awe-inspiring floral displays and show gardens (and some pretty dodgy ones, too - plasticine?).I'm particularly looking forward to seeing the Bradstone Biodiversity Garden, the Global Stone Bee Friendly Plants Garden, The HESCO Garden
garden without life? There are already too many public spaces filled with hanging baskets 'planted' with fake flowers. I stand at train stations and lament the sight of bees and hoverflies wasting energy working out that their search for food is in vain
bee buzzing around the place - the door is open as the afternoon is sunny. For some extraordinary reason he seems to prefer to be in here amongst the paperclips and whatever gamma rays are emitted by computers rather than whizzing around making use