Need Bees This Year!

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  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    Oh right, was getting worried that I was gonna be adding a monster to my garden! image

  • Yes absolutely easy to get out if they pop up where you don't want them and in a similar vein easy to move and put them where you do want them
  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    How fast do they grow? And how often do you divide the clumps?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,052

    And they seed with new leaf and flower colour if you have a few different ones. I've got some lovely silver leaved ones and one with a pale pink flower that must have seeded from one of them. If wasn't here previously

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,052

    You can hack them about any time you want Ryan. I'd put them in a middle group of spreaders. Willing but not thugs.

  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    Aww, so they like create hybrids? Can't wait for them to start seeding! image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,052

    Not hybrids, they're crosses between 2 species. Theses are colour variations in the same species. Lots of plants do it. The hellebores and aquilegias are vary good at it.

  • SinevegasSinevegas Posts: 55

    I have a lavender hedge around the front path, like artjak says, you can hear the buzzing in the house. I never have any probs pruning it. They aren't interested in you

    Mahonia for winter interest for the bees (and you)

    there are several bee conseration grops that do wildflower seeds for attracting them.

    good luck

  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    Oh okay nutcutlet, I bought hellebores yeaterday and bought aquilegias last year, had no idea they cross polinate, but it's definitely a good thing! image

    And Sinevegas, I really want to get a lavender hedge, what variety have you got?

  • Breaking News!!.....spoke to a bee expert yesterday (at least I hope he was-- he sold me a lot of honey)...the queen bees are not laying eggs in this cold weather, so the colonies are basically dormant waiting for warmer weather. So nature puts everything on hold. Not sure what this means for buying and propogating plants in this awful Spring.

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