Tag Archives: Bees

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

I go through phases of enjoying poetry, with very long gaps between, and that is how I’ve only just got round to reading the full poem ‘Ode to Autumn’ by John Keats. It seems to me to take us through … Continue reading

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Top of the Pops …. or I love poppies

Yes, I love poppies: Flanders poppies, opium poppies, oriental poppies, Shirley poppies. I also stare longingly at the acid loving varieties, but make do with the varieties I can grow here in Alkali Land. Luckily, with the Shirley poppies providing … Continue reading

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Bumbling towards summer

Yesterday I was planting out some of the flowers and vegetables bursting from their modules in the greenhouse. So I was head down in the borders and beds for much of the day. There was a lot of humming going … Continue reading

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I love crocuses

Unfortunately, so do the mice and voles! This vole bit through the stem and then dropped the beautiful goblet. Presumably it was going for the nectar. Happily, the bees love the nectar they provide too and their goblet-shaped flowers trap … Continue reading

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Stumperies and Stickeries

Deep in the Pleasure Grounds at Wimpole, in a neglected corner of the shrubbery, there are some interesting architectural structures being developed to encourage the local fauna and improve insect diversity. One of these is a Victorian stumpery and at … Continue reading

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The Bees are Back in Town

Today there was a distinct hum in the garden. It is hard not to get excited about spring with all that activity!

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