Tag Archives: wild flowers

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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Brimstone butterflies in the garden

I turned my garden into a habitat for bees and butterflies. Albeit on a small scale, it is a wildlife garden. I work mostly with native plants with a few exceptions  such as Butterfly bush and Lavender. Butterflies regularly visit … Continue reading

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Solitary bees in the garden: Wool carder bees – Anthidium manicatum.

It’s July and the striking black and yellow coloured Wool carder bees are emerging. The males are between 10-16mm whereas the females are smaller: 10-13mm. Below a male resting on a leaf. In the field, the difference between the sexes … 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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Gardening for wildlife – wildflowers, bumblebees and the Labiate family

Labiates: a large group of plants well known to us as many of the herbs we use in our kitchen are part of this great family of plants. Lavender, marjarom, rosemary, thyme are all members of this family. For insects, … Continue reading

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