Need Bees This Year!

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,058

    Can't find it. Can't remember what it was called.

    Loads of plants will take light shade. Avoid the felty grey leaved ones and the bright warmer country sunlovers and most will do OK. 

    Aquilegias are good, epimediums, If you want some size, Mahonias are good winter flowerers. 

    Sarcococca as well but not as big. Japanese anemones, 

    If you do an internet search for shade plants you'll get nurseries come up that specialise and you can see what they list.

  • I am planting Erythroniums this year in my shady bed..lovely yellow flowers from a bulb\corms I bought last autumn.I am growing them in pots to establish at present and will plant out when I can see they are thriving. Perrenial. You may be able to buy them already growing at local Spring flower shows.

  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    Thanks Nut and Woodgreen, gonna check all these out right now image

  • Ryan - I've got pulmonarias ranging from white to pink, purple and blue. If yours are anything like mine they will self-seed everywhere image Our honey bees should be on them now but it's too cold for them to venture out - they won't normally until it's around 10C. I hope they have enough food still stored to see them through this neverending cold.

  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    Hi chilli lover, how long do they take to self seed? Mine are young (9cm pots), so I dont even know if they'll flower this year will they?

  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    Chilli I can't see your comment

  • Hi Ryan if they don, t flower this year they will not seed! Be patient because when they get established they can be considered invasive but I personally love them
  • Sorry I don,t know what happened to my first attempt to reply Ryan
  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    Oh okay thanks image Invasive though, would never had thought they would have been that, how often do you divide the clumps (if atall?)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,058

    They seed and they spread but they're easy to get out.

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