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Old Tuesday 8th July 2008, 14:13
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Excellent, Kits and Cicely. Well done, both of you!

I can add another species to my garden list, I now have wool carder bees too.

They gather the hairs from plants (in this instance it was on rose campion, but I have been growing lambs ears for this purpose), bundle them up and then fly off with the bundle to line their nests.
How brill! Ive got lambs ears too, got them a few weeks ago.

Do you know my garden was geared towards butterflies and Ive not seen one. I have a tonne of Bee's though and I love sitting on the grass(erm weeds disguised at grass) watching them busy around

All your piccies are great
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Old Tuesday 8th July 2008, 15:10
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It can be so frustrating waiting for butterflies, but I reckon its the success of creating wildflower meadows in parks and on verges and everywhere you look these days, that we poor gardeners are missing out. I've seen them flying above but they aint stopping by!!
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This fellow has been busy on the Russian vine which is by the study window. Quality isn't brilliant - it was taken through a double glazed window.
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Old Tuesday 8th July 2008, 16:08
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Good to know that Russian vine is good for something.

I think a lot of us are having the same problem as you, Layla. I have some wonderful butterfly food plants in the garden but have hardly seen any butterflies on them. I think this is because of a sharp fall in butterfly numbers. I am still hopeful for an improvement later in July and August.

Even in conservation areas specifically managed for butterflies numbers are down, although people are working very hard to try and change this. No one yet knows exactly why butterfly numbers are falling overall (there are one or two species exceptions), although there are an awful lot of theories around and not all of them are to be believed!

In the meantime we can just enjoy the other wildlife in the garden.
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Old Tuesday 18th December 2012, 11:57
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As a rule of thumb your garden should provide bee-friendly flowers that are rich in pollen and nectar which bees can easily access from spring until late summer.
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Tips for creating a bee friendly garden

I know this is a very old thread but lots has happened in recent years, including the continued decline in the number of bees We recently wrote an article about how to create a bee friendly garden https://www.hopesgrovenurseries.co.u...iendly-garden/
Hopefully this might give you some ideas for your gardens
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