Tag Archives: wildflowers

Shrubs: nectar and pollen by the bucket load

When it comes to gardening for pollinators, we often look at flowers and visit garden centres or look online to see which pretty flowers we can buy. However, we sometimes forget the fact that many of our native shrubs are … Continue reading

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Wild mignonette and weld – magnets for pollinators

For years I have been growing wild mignonette, Reseda lutea, in my garden. It is sometimes  biennial but in my garden mostly perennial. Its close relative Weld, Reseda luteola, is a biennial plant. In order to keep some in the garden, … 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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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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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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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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