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  1. Thorn Apple

    September 22, 2010 by Jean

    September 2010

    Since felling the trees in December/March and planting our fruit trees for the bees, we have discovered many new varieties of wild flowers.   One very unusual plant we have never seen before is the Thorn Apple.  Poisonous, but truly amazing with a height and width of 4 feet (122cm)!  The thorn apples that develop are indeed handsome, measuring 3″ (8cm)!


  2. Planting Trees For The Bees

    June 22, 2010 by Jean

    The Trees

    We have planted 26 of them so far!  The entire area is going to be underplanted with plants the bees will love.  Hopefully next year we can encourage a Bee Keeper to leave a hive or two in the orchard area.

    The world shortage of bees, and particularly for us in the U.K.,  is a growing concern.  Universities over the U.k. are at present trying to find out exactly why there is such a worrying decline.  This year we have not seen one Honey Bee!  The Bumble Bees, although in plenty in our garden, are suffering from an internal mite.   We have found many dead Bumbles.  But other causes for the Honey Bee are now under scrutiny. e.g., modern farming methods.