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Bee-friendly spring pot display

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

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To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

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Most queen bumblebees hibernate in autumn, building up fat reserves to survive winter without food. In spring, they are hungry, urgently needing life-giving nectar. To help them along, pot up some early-flowering plants to help them replace lost energy before they fly off in search of a nesting site.

You will need

Hellebore plants x2

Primrose plants x2

Grape hyacinth bulbs x10

Snake’s head fritillary bulbs x10

Crocus corms x10

30cm flowerpot

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Step 1

Add crocks to the base of the pot, then fill two-thirds with compost. Place the hellebores and primroses in position.

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Step 2

FIll compost in around the plants’ roots, up to the rim of the pot, and firm gently. Plant the bulbs and corms in the gaps.

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Step 3

Water plants thoroughly and allow to drain. Move the pot to a sunny, sheltered position, to encourage early flowering.

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Kevin Smith says…

These plants will all thrive in the garden once the container display is past its best. They’re unfussy characters and will do well in most positions, although try them under a tree to create a woodland feel.

Kevin Smith