Bees and How to Get Them in Your Garden

When we came to Pig Row we were faced with what was a monoculture of grass and thatch, the only life was the occasional rabbit wandering through and a cat stalking it but bees there were not many. A few bumble bees fed on the clover choking among the thatch. The laurel hedges were poisoning the soil, and killing anything growing, even the few ash trees in the lower garden were suffering, along with a sickly looking holly; the holly today is rambunctious and growing large thanks to us clearing out the laurels. We have always loved bees, it goes beyond love, I want a beehive, Carol doesn't want to be stung, so we have come to a happy medium of getting in nectar rich plants in the cottage garden to get those bees in. This year we have noticed a growth in bees but sadly again, very few butterflies to speak of, these have been on a decline for the last eight years. We hope July will bring in a few painted ladies or a red admiral or two but we won't hold our breath. We have plans next year for a few more butterfly rich bushes like buddleia but until then we will support the bees. I caught this wonderful shot of a bee on the cirsium, with my phone, it's worth doing as you can zoom in and not get stung and learn a little about what types of bees are in your garden, this one here is a Carder Bee, the one your most likely to see. We get a few different types in our garden, from the Hairy Footed to the Ashy Mining - a few more of those this year and you can spot some of them in the film at the bottom of this post but you can identify your bees here. Have fun.

Carder Bee

In our latest film, I take you through the kind of plants in our cottage garden and how the bees love them. For a moment on the film I am so enthralled in watching them that I forget to talk but keep listening, keep watching and do subscribe to us at the bottom of this post.

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