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A picture of a Bee on a Thistle

Thistle

Thistle Thistles are loved by insects, especially bees but rarely by gardeners, however, if you have a wildlife garden it’s a good idea to include a small section of the garden where they can be left to grow. Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants which have leaves with sharp prickles

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Picture of Herb Robert

Herb Robert

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) Geranium robertianum is a very small wild flower with many different names. It is also often called Herb Robert, Red Robin, Death come quickly, Storksbill, Dove’s Foot, Crow’s Foot, or Robert Geranium. It is a type of crane’s-bill with five small but beautiful mauve petals and flowers from May to September

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A picture of Forget-me-nots

Forget me not

Forget-me-nots Forget-me-nots are tiny flowers which appear very early in the year and are an essential supply of nectar for the first insects to appear when the temperature starts to rise in spring. Each plant produces hundreds of seeds which readily ‘self set’, so if left to their own devices they will spread rapidly and

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A picture of a bee getting nectar from a Foxglove

Foxglove

Foxglove The Foxglove (Digitalis) is a wild flower which can be found growing in full sunlight and also shady hedgerows. They can grow as tall as five feet or more and have one long upright stem around which the flowers grow. The first flowers open at the bottom of the stem then the ones above

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