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a missing link?

By Isleman
Woodman, woodman spare that tree!..............As mile upon mile of flowering hedges have been torn up in favour of brick walls and wooden fence panels on sprawling sub-urban estates, bee numbers have declined. Coincidental? The privet allowed to grow tall and flower will attract and nourish honey bees throughout July. When flowering has finished, usually mid August, you can reshape the bush.

Post script WARNING! Having now read the wikipedia entry for 'privet', the following caution should be added. PRIVET IS POISONOUS TO HORSES! Whilst privet is of value to bees during flowering and the later berries attract flocks of contented birds, care should be taken where it is planted. Clippings from Yew, another popular hedging shrub suited to sculpting into ornamental shapes, are also poisonous to livestock. Everything has its place.

Tags: Photo journalism Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

Voters: wonkers, Chinga, M_squared and 3 more

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wonkers 13 2 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2011 9:59PM
Brilliant picture, excellent narrative.

Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2011 10:06PM
Escellent and very well detailed macro! IB
debu 13 India
20 Aug 2011 11:44PM
Very nice detailed image.
Isleman 15 5 England
21 Aug 2011 12:13AM
Your comments and votes are appreciated. Thank-you.
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