Living the Good Life…

Adventures of the garden patch

Bumble Bee flower bed

I created a little bumble bee haven in this deep trellis pot, with Gladioli bulbs planted at the back and then plants from 3 different bumble bee seed mixes arranged round the front, im hoping that they will bush out now they have room for their roots to grow…

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More bee freindly flowers…

This is my favourite plant I bought over the weekend I love the colour of its flowers… it is called Osteospermum and the colour is Outback purple…

I bought two of these, I am hoping that the brightly coloured petals will attract insects…

I planted one of these along with a few other bedding plants in my hanging basket to replace two of the plants that had died off in the cold weather…

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Bee kind for the Bumblebee conservtaion trust

Recently i have been keeping tabs on the Bumblebee conservation site, as i try my best to make my small yard more wildlife friendly:

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.

Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. We have a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and colourful flowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy. A growing number of committed supporters are helping our small team of staff make a big difference. We have over 7,000 members and are growing fast.

I found a tool on the website called Bee Kind to determine how Bee kind your garden space is. Bumblebees rely on particular flowers for food throughout the year. By using the Bee kind tool, you can discover whether the flowers in your garden are bee­‐friendly.Once you know how your garden scores, the trust can recommend some other flowers that you may want to plant – to really get your garden buzzing! You can also add your Bee kind score to their map – to help them get a clear picture of bee-­friendly gardens across the country.

My garden scored just 500, were as a plot my size at its very best to support bee’s should be anything from 500 – 2,500! So I may need to add a few more bee friendly plants in there!

Here are my scores:

Chives                   90

Raspberry           80

Sweetpea           50

Dahlia                    50

Redcurrant         40

Sunflower           40

Goosebury         40

Blackcurrant       40

Strawberry         40

Mint                      30

Total                  500

I was surprised to find that chives are my biggest attractant to bee’s mind due though mine have not started to flower yet. After completeing the tests, i got some suggestions fot bee freindly plants and i had a look through all the plants they reccomend. I was happy to find that lavender scores 127, as i have been trying to grow lavender this year, and even if my current attempt fails again from seed i am thinking of buying a msall plant of it to get me started. I am also looking at Bell Heather and a few other flowering plants which were suggested…

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Wildlife report

It has been good to see more bee’s in the garden, there has been a push in recent months for people to encourage bumble bee’s back into gardens by planting bee friendly plants as the bumble bee is in decline in Britain due to loss of habitat and wild flowers. Which is why it was nice today to see so many bee’s in the garden mainly they came to visit the rasberry plant, and then a few found the flowers in my new hanging baskets. I think in if possible I will try and get some more bee friendly plants in the garden including a few more flowers! Hopefully the Daliahs will soon come up and add a bit of well needed colour and make a few more bee’s happy in Preston! :)

Bee Friendly Rasberry

New hanging basket flowers

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