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bodger

Bees, Butterflies and Blooms.

This looks like a good programmes tonight at 8.00pm on BBC2, on attempts to stop the decline in all of the above. The first of three programmes.
Mo

Missed it - any good?
We watched the intelligent animals instead.
bodger

I've got it recorded, I was called out unexpectedly to the pub
Mo



sod

"Yeah Right" as we say      bodger
bodger

I actually got around to watching this programme the other night and found it very interesting. The woman wasn't half as bad as some people had suggested and I got quite a bit of inspiration from the programme content.
As a result of watching it, we've put quite a sizeable piece of land to one side as a non lawn mowing area. I've been peering through various web sites for wild flower and grass seed and look forward to not having to do quite as much mowing. We'll just have paths a single mower cut wide to the rotary clothes line and to other points of interest. I have the second episode recorded ready to watch.
sod

bodger last winter we took notice of the flowers around that the bees when to and are planting lots more of them around the place after reading about the bee decline so like you trying to do our bit
milkermel

One plant that my bees go mad on is skimmia, they are so engrosed when the little flowers start to pollen that you can stroke them without them worrying about it!.  snow drops and crocus and hellabores are good at this time of the year for early pollen for the girls to get in ready to feed their young in a few months time. Oh and single pettled varieties of camelia are another good shrub to grow.
bodger

Here's a useful aid to go with the programme.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17073830

Karen and I have always though of ourselves as being sympathetic towards wildlife in the way that we garden but after watching the first two episodes of this series, we are going to throw ourselves heart and soul into helping our bees and butterflies. Watch out for some of the things that we have planned.
Suprise suprise, she's already got a book out to go with the series.

http://www.sarahraven.com/shop/sarah-raven-s-wild-flowers.html
bodger

Last night I watched the third and final programme of the series. I've thoroughly enjoyed all the series and  I have all three recorded. They'll be used as a reference and for the occasional dose of inspiration. IMO, Bees, Butterflies and Blooms has been one of the best series on the †telly for sometime. We now have a planting programme for around our place.
Annette

Absolutely agree with this Bodger, great programmes. Our drive is being planted following Sarah's guidlines. Instead of me charging around with the mower everyweek it will hopefully resemble a meadow in a year or two.

I am originally from Birmingham and it was really heartening to see wild flowers around tower blocks. Not sure about the central strips on the busy road though.

Thinking about it, they were the best wildlife encouragement programmes since lovely Geoff Hamiltons days.
bodger

Ebay is full of what seem to be reasonable priced wild flowers and Kaz loves Cosmos, so we're aiming at mixture of native wildflowers and some bee friendly exotics. †Deciding on what to choose is half the fun.
This morning I priced up a days hire of a turf stripper at £45 plus vat.
sod

In Hamilton N.Z. they have many coloured silver beet growing in road dividers even  
bodger

We said that we'd do it and last week, we planted two boxes of the 'Home Bargains' wildflower seeds in this bed that we'd prepared.









This morning, we planted Ragged Robins, Harebells and Foxgloves in these trays.









These are all sun flowers.









We've also got loads of other bee friendly flowers on the go.









If the weather is kind to us, then next week, we're going to strip the turf of ready for an even bigger wildflower patch.
bodger

Blimey! That was quick. We've got three ragged robins showing already.
bodger

Sarah Raven's bok has certainly come dow a bit in price.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Ravens-Wild-Flowers-Raven/dp/1408833751
bodger

Since watching this series of programmes, we've planted lots of wild seeds and bought quite a few bee friendly flowering plants but at the moment, we still haven't got that many flowers in bloom. Hopefully, next year will see a big change in our garden as our long term aim of having as lengthy a flowering season as possible comes to fruition.
When you read reports like this one, it makes you realise how important everyones individual effort could be.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/18283251

We can't just let them disappear can we?
bodger

Not a fantastic display but as a direct result of watching the set of three programmes, here's our area of wildflowers. I think that this years weather has a lot to answer and its certainly something that we'll hopefully do bigger and better next year.



















Its been a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding exercise.
sod

Want they self seed for next year so make bigger better display
bodger

Some of them most certainly will but we'll add more seeds next year and hope for a better summer. On the television last night it said that so far this July, was 300 percent wetter than average.
kat_lewis

In our house garden I have a variety of wild and cultivated flowers. The interesting thing is I have noticed that the bumble bees seem to go for the yellow poppies we have had self-seeding. The noise from that area is amazing and the bees look so funny with the amount of pollen they manage to cram onto their legs. Considering they shouldn't be able to fly anyway it is amazing to see them.
sod

kat_lewis wrote:
In our house garden I have a variety of wild and cultivated flowers. The interesting thing is I have noticed that the bumble bees seem to go for the yellow poppies we have had self-seeding. The noise from that area is amazing and the bees look so funny with the amount of pollen they manage to cram onto their legs. Considering they shouldn't be able to fly anyway it is amazing to see them.


Also they can't read so don't know so give up reading then we can do anything  

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