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  Topic: Warwickshire Group.

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:05 pm   Subject: warwickshire group
Hi Gareth,
I'd be interested in being part of a local group. I live in Dorridge, which used to be Warwickshire, though it is now West Midlands. I have to be honest & say that I would be unlikely ...
  Topic: Quantifying the attractiveness of bee plants

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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:44 am   Subject: Quantifying the attractiveness of bee plants
We all look at lists of "bee plants" and see some that we know work well and others that are never visited in our own gardens. Some of these poor recommendations are probably due to sloppy ...
  Topic: Leyland Cyprus

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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:31 pm   Subject: water for bees
I was intrigued to see your note that water from trays of carnivorous plants are attractive to bees. I set up a bog plant area in the garden and honey bees were very interested in the moisture from a ...
  Topic: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:01 pm   Subject: Bee-loving flowers
Thanks for the offer of the seed but I think it would be better for me to source some from the UK. It's always better to avoid sending live material between continents if at all possible. Thanks aga ...
  Topic: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:18 pm   Subject: late flowers
I really enjoyed your videos & I'm going to have to get some plants of the African blue basil to try.
I've also grown the "tower of jewels" Echium & have had lots of bees on it all ...
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