Category Archives: pollination

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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Solitary bees in the garden – June

We had a rather cold spring and June was not much better than May but the weather is improving. The Mason bees look somewhat faded and their time is nearly over, now the summer bees will emerge. Dasypoda hirtipes is … Continue reading

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White Bryony – a valuable plant for the pollinator garden

Since a few years, I have been growing White Bryony, Bryonia dioica, in my garden. It is a perennial and poisonous plant. The flowers are dioecious  which means that individual flowers are either male or female. The male flowers are much … Continue reading

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Enhancing Wildlife and Biodiversity in the garden

Biodiversity in the back garden A possible definition of Biodiversity could be: the variability among living organisms from all sources, including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems, and the ecological complexes of which they are part: this includes … 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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Buckthorns – a welcome addition to the pollinator garden

Buckthorns are modest trees with with great ecological values. They are not often planted in our gardens as they bear tiny flowers but they are important trees for wildlife. Alder buckthorns are small trees which you will not find in … Continue reading

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