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philip mills
A very interesting and informative article I took the bee friendly test was a little surprised how well I did but next time I'm in at the garden centre I'll be looking for some more friendly plants for bees
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Cheryl Cummings Garden Design

I was delighted when I moved home three years ago to find that my new front lawn was actually a mini meadow. I leave it all to grow for the summer and just cut paths so that I can walk through and enjoy not only the lovely wild flowers and grasses but also get close to the many species of bumble and solitary bees which nest here in holes they dig into the free draining soil. I grow lots of ornamental plants they like too and many for my hive of honey bees.

Honey and bumble bees don't necessarily forage from the same flowers so it's really good to have as wide a range as possible and most importantly, don't ever resort to using pesticides.

A thriving garden will be full of predators to clear up any creature we choose to name a pest, biodiversity is key and in one quick zap with a spray we can completely destroy it's delicate balance. Insecticides do just what they say on the bottle, they kill insects and bees are of course insects.

So please if you do nothing else in your garden this year just don't buy pesticides, spend the money on a nice glass of something, take it into the garden and enjoy the bees.


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mocame

I planted 'lamb's ears' ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/885.shtml) as ground cover in my very dry, south facing front garden. They grow very well and I am pleased with them but I don't like the spiky flowers the plant produces and had planned to trim these off. However, I have been forced to keep them because bumblebees absolutely love them! These flowers are constantly covered in bumblebees, while they ignore my other flowers. Don't know why.

   

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