I am determined that everything that I plant in my garden from now on will help the bees, the butterflies, the birds and hedgehogs. I am concerned about how wild life in my garden has deteriorated in the last 20 years despite my best efforts. So I am making a concerted efforts and hope you will too. I will try every month to make an efforts to plant beneficial flowers/ shrubs, or make some sort of hideout/ nest etc for animals and birds , I shall tell you how I get on in future blogs.
This month I have planted hyssop seeds. The seeds are very fine so I simply put a fine layer of sand on top of them as I didnt have any pearlite available
With a bit of luck I shall have lovely blue flowers like this this summer
Generally speaking blue flowers attract bees.. I have read that hyssop is one of the top ten bee attracting plants.
One of our Newport local lads has made a famous career in entomology – Dave Goulson. He is now a professor of Biological Sciences at Susses University and studies especially bumblebees. I have just bought his book ‘A Sting in the tale’
Dave Goulson is the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation trust. A ‘Sting in the Tale’ was published in 2013, and was the BBC Radio 4 “Book of the Week”.
He details the life of bumblebees and tells us the fascinating research into the effects intensive farming and what this meas for our bee populations and on the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path.
St George’s Day in Newport
We have great fun on the nearest Saturday to St George’s Day in Newport. This years its the 22nd April. Fun starts at 12 noon.
Peach tree update
For those of who who read last month’s letter, during which I related that that we covered up our peach tree in early spring as we had read that it would help prevent leaf curl. You will see that – for now – the peach tree has no leaf curl! Brilliant!
Vegan, Vegetarian and Coeliac Fair
This is a Newport event happening on Saturday 13th May at Cosy Hall from 10.30 – 2.30.
Organised by A Very Vintage Events
My friend Berni will be there with her ‘Thank Goodness’ range of nut roasts and pies, which I have reviewed and raved over in previous blogs. Delish! I shall be there with a few of my fliers to support the cause, and maybe nick a piece of roast on the side!
Hope to see you all there!!
Best wishes for Spring.