Doing my bit for the bumblebees

February 6, 2008 at 9:34 pm Leave a comment

Those of you who remember my resolve to do my bit for biodiversity in an urban garden, may have wondered what had happened to the dream of creating an ‘island’ for wildlife alongside my intensively farmed salad-in-boxes programme that I outlined a few days ago. Fear ye not, I haven’t forgotten the plight of the bumblebee or the loathed-but-on-balance-better-than-tarmac grey squirrels and giant pigeon! I have, however, got two large pots that were at the house when we arrived, in which I am going to plant some flowers (marigolds?) and some lavender in a pot already. I have decided to put the flowers into the pots, as I reckon future tenants might enjoy the flowers after we leave – then I get to do my bit for biodiversity after I’ve up and gone!

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