Category Archives: river of flowers

Wanted: the Shrill Carder Bee

Have you seen this bumble bee? The Shrill Carder Bees are one of the two rarest bumblebees in the UK. They are distinctive with their higher-pitched buzz and delicate straw colouring and dark-band across the thorax. They are also somewhat … Continue reading

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Bumble Bees

I was lucky enough to attend a bumble bee identification workshop this week. There are around 250 bees in the UK, of which 24 are bumblebee species found in the UK. What an array of bees we have on this … Continue reading

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Butterflies

Butterflies can be fluttering about as early as February and as late as November so it is important to plant up some early spring flowers to give them a bit of a spring boost of nectar. You can also build … Continue reading

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Pollinator Friendly Gardening: the essentials

All seasons Try to build up a garden that offers pollen and nectar to hungry foragers throughout the growing year.  Honey bees are inactive at temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius whilst other bees are found foraging in very early spring. … Continue reading

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Brassicaceae

Brassicaceae also known as cruciferae are more commonly known as mustards, rockets, cabbage. The name crucieferae derives from the four petals of the rocket flower. They include brassica oleracea (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.), brassica rapa (turnip, Chinese cabbage, etc.), brassica rapus … Continue reading

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Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace, also known as Cow parsley, is a member of the umbelliferae or carrot family. It grows along verges whether hedgerows, riversides or pathways and flowers in the months of April to June. It is a particularly vigorous member … Continue reading

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The Ocean

All rivers of flowers flow into the ocean. Floral abundance of the edgelands of Wales and the south-west. Foxgloves, ox-eye daisy, english stonecrop, thrift, sheep’s bit abound the coastal paths and surrounding narrow lanes and hedgerows.   sheep’s bit ox-eye daisy … Continue reading

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trees to feed bees

Honey bees love foraging higher than their bumbling and solitary relatives trees. They especially enjoy alder, apple, blackthorn, cherry, crab apple, hazel, hawthorn, holly, lime, medlar, quince, pear, chestnut, sycamore and willow.   Medlar blossom   Hawthorn blossom   So … Continue reading

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river of flowers

River of Flowers is about connecting communities of pollen-rich patches across space, in the city and beyond. To start a river of flowers… find three spaces with pollinating potential… map them… start planting pollinating plants in between.   River of … Continue reading

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