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beth says:

ooh excellent

8th Aug 2009, 17:13

Javama says:

How lovely that looks!

8th Aug 2009, 17:34

Jane Doe says:

"And the Britain in Bloom prize for the prettiest industrial estate goes to..."

8th Aug 2009, 18:02

Twiglet says:

That's a lovely garden.

8th Aug 2009, 18:14

Factotum says:

bzzzzzzz....

8th Aug 2009, 18:37

Viv says:

pretty perfect

8th Aug 2009, 19:11

hildegard says:

Glad you like it folks, it was a demonstration garden with bee-friendly planting. I liked the blue hive better than I expected...

8th Aug 2009, 19:31

Caine says:

That's lovely.

8th Aug 2009, 21:22

cariadus says:

That does look fantastic. I dare say it would look good to a bee too :)

8th Aug 2009, 22:39

JokerXL says:

There's a big campaign on at the moment to encourage people to plant Bee-friendly flowers, and maybe even set up a hive in your garden.
What about upkeep? would you not have to have a fair bit of knowledge (and time) to help them along?
And having a major source of flying-stinging things right up close, wouldn't that ruin the BBQ?

9th Aug 2009, 06:51

Wendle says:

Beeeeeeeeeautiful ;)

9th Aug 2009, 09:05

FilbertFox says:

I like the idea of keeping bees. But being allergic it is not a particularly sensible idea really

9th Aug 2009, 11:41

hildegard says:

If you have a quiet spot, they're no trouble at all & there are lots of courses & plenty of support for beginners. The sudden realisation of how shockingly bee numbers have declined means that more & more beekeepers are gearing up to produce new colonies instead of optimising honey production. Hopefully that will balance out in the long run but for now I'm happy to pay more for honey if it means more bees...

Planting particularly early & late nectar sources helps bumble bees too & they are, if anything, in even steeper decline than honey bees.

FF - ah sod it, you just need a good bee suit & an Epipen; no worries. ;)

9th Aug 2009, 14:17

swamprose says:

looks very friendly, even if you're not a bee.

I thought hives were white to keep them as cool as possible. baby blue is just wrong.

9th Aug 2009, 14:19

hildegard says:

Most hives are unpainted, reckon the bees do all their own air-conditioning anyway. One reads that hives need to be somewhere cool, then one finds healthy happy hives in the middle of sun-baked fields or on shadeless roofs... go figure, eh?

9th Aug 2009, 14:48