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A tour around my garden

Some of my previous blogs have looked at how to garden for bumblebees, so I thought that it was about time that I took you on a tour of my garden so you can see how it grows.

When I first moved into this house, the garden wasn’t bad for bees. There are a few shrubs which are beneficial (potentilla, buddleia, hebe, cotoneaster and roses) but not very much else. As it’s a rented house, I didn’t want to do too much radical work (e.g. replacing the lawn with a meadow), but I found ways to work with what I have available to me.

So the first thing I see when I enter the garden via the patio doors is my collection of plants in pots which sit on the raised paved area. Previously this area had no plants, but because I was struggling with the soil here (thick clay which bakes hard in the sun), I had to put many plants in pots. I actually quite like this though, as it means the plants come right up to the glass doors and can always be seen up close.

Crammed onto this patio you’ll see: rudbeckia, salvia ‘ hot lips’, polemonium, alpine strawberries, dahlia, rose, cosmos, astilbe, spirea, cornflower, geranium, snapdragon and scabious.

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Ridgeway 40 Challenge

As Anthony is having a well deserved holiday, we have a guest blog from one of our supporters, Chloe Hardman. Chloe and her colleagues recently raised a fantastic £900 for our Feed the Bees campaign by completing the Ridgeway Challenge. We'd like to thank Chloe and all our fundraisers for the fantastic job they do to support our work.

Ridgeway 40 Challenge

It was back in October that we decided to do a charity challenge.   Sat in a pub looking out on a rainy dark evening, embarking on the biggest walk of our lives in the summer was an exciting prospect.  We thought it would be a great opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause.   The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is a vibrant charity that actively improves habitat for bumblebees on the ground, and gets people interested in bumblebees, which was exactly what we wanted to support. 

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