Category Archives: biodiversity

natural gardens

Native shrubs and trees

A lot has been said about why we should grow native trees and shrubs. However, a wildlife garden with non-native plants can be wonderful for wildlife; we all love lavender and the butterfly bush is popular with all sorts of … Continue reading

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A sunny day in February

Just got home from work and walked into the garden. The sun is shining and snowdrops are in full bloom. Galanthus nivalis is the official name for this plant and it is a good early source of pollen and nectar … Continue reading

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A Mystery guest in the garden

I was watering a few plants that i replanted in early spring when suddenly I noticed this odd looking plant. I am familiar with broomrapes as my parents had a few in their garden called Orobanche purpurea growing on yarrow. … Continue reading

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My mini meadow – a paradise for solitary bees and bumblebees

While writing this blog, the sun is shining and it’s a perfect start of the day. The neighbours are quiet still and there is just me and birds and bees. Moments of pleasure! I take a cup of tea and … Continue reading

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Gardening with wildflowers – photo gallery

I love gardening with wildflowers. They have been growing here for thousands of years and insects have developed with them, they are interconnected. Here some examples of wildflowers I grow in the pollinator garden Meadow cranesbill – Geranium pratense – provides … Continue reading

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Different bees, different needs Part 2

Different bees, different needs Part 2 Some bees have a special connection with certain flowers. These bees are called oligolectic and it means that you will see the females gather pollen only on a few species of plants. A bee … Continue reading

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Different bees, different needs – bees, wildflowers and garden plants -Part 1

Different bees, different needs – Part 1 When it comes to bees we distinguish bumblebees, honeybees, solitary bees and cuckoo bees. There are over 350 bee species in the Netherlands and the UK depending a bit on where you live. … Continue reading

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