It's time for another plant of the week and this time we are looking at the herb Melissa officinalis (lemon balm).
This week we have a pretty but prickly plant in the spotlight - Berberis (barberry)!
Trees are not solitary plants, instead they are part of a vast and complex network, which is capable of sharing nutrients, water and warning surrounding trees about dangers such as damaging insects or changes in atmospheric conditions. This fun little video is a great demonstration of the interconnected nature of trees, and how they actually … Continue reading Trees can talk, we just can’t hear it – Project Earth
This week we are taking a look at another tree great for both humans and wildlife - Corylus avellana, commonly known as Hazel.
Slugs! Every year we hear about gardeners waging war with slugs complaining about losing half their garden to the slimy "pests". But when was the last time you walked around a forest to find it destroyed by slugs or any other pest? So maybe we need to rethink our eternal struggle to control pests such as … Continue reading Slugs and snails, enemy of the gardener? Or vital member of the Ecosystem?
This week we take a look at the delightful hollyhock (Alcea rosea), a great plant for both humans and wildlife.
Worldwide there are around 20,000 different species of bee, most of which are solitary bees, 9 species of honey bee and around 250 species of bumblebee. We have around 270 of those species native to the UK! Sadly all those wonderful species of bee are in for a drastic decline in numbers in 2017 due to … Continue reading Are bees in for a drastic decline in 2017?