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Menu Planning for Wildlife

Planting bulbs is rather like waiting for a bus. After a seemingly endless lull, four seasons’ worth of bulbs arrive at once.

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Menu Planning for Spring

Menu planning now for pollinators in winter and spring might seem like hosting a banquet with no confirmed guests, but since I have seen butterflies or bees in my garden during every month of the year, I don’t believe that any consideration of their needs is a waste of my time.

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On the menu for... August 2017

There is still so much to look forward to, and it appears that the bees cannot wait. Although not quite flowering, Sedum is smothered in bees. It is as if they are impatiently knocking on the closed door of the best bar in town. Perhaps I should point them in the direction of the cardoon saloon. 

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On the menu for... July 2017

One of the many joys of visiting flower shows, nurseries and open gardens is discovering which ofthe many plants blooming to perfection attract the most attention from pollinators. 

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On the menu for... June 2017

There is so much forage available in the countryside surrounding my home that I am amazed to see pollinators showing interest in my borders in June. New garden flowers are opening daily and proving their wildlife credentials by attracting a plethora of pollinators.

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On the menu for... May 2017

Fresh flowers are opening daily and long-term spring bloomers such as Pulmonaria ‘Diana Clare’ and Aubrieta are still going strong. No one could ever accuse them of being members of the blink-and-they’re-gone brigade. It is the moment for Wisteria to strut its stuff.

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On the menu for... April 2017

We have been enjoying warm, sunny weather in Norfolk and although the soil is worryingly dry, it is at least workable. I don’t remember seeing so many butterflies in April. It is wonderful to share the garden with them.

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On the menu for... March 2017

Gardeners give precious border space to plants for a variety of reasons

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