A bit be­hind? Just chill as it warms up

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pro­duc­ing a steady dis­play of deep sunset coloured flow­ers. De­spite study­ing var­i­ous web pic­tures and the fact that the palm flow­ers are now fin­ished I am not cer­tain of the sex of the flow­ers but sus­pect that they all male as fe­male flow­ers are ap­par­ently slightly greener. So, no seeds there then.

Equally spec­tac­u­lar this year, although easy to dis­miss as a plant not grown for its flow­ers, is the pyra­can­tha. It is to­tally smoth­ered in masses of tiny cream flow­ers. We have sev­eral bushes around the site and each one is the same. On closer in­spec­tion, we also no­ticed that they were teem­ing with bees of many types. Good news for our Iver honey. Af­ter a win­ter away as the hives needed to be moved for main­te­nance work, our bees are now back and en­joy­ing not only the pyra­can­tha but also the nu­mer­ous other bee friendly plants we have in­tro­duced over re­cent years.

And, thanks to the end­less hard work and com­mit­ment of a lo­cal vol­un­teer, our out­door rain­for­est gar­den is tak­ing shape and be­ing planted up in sec­tions (ie ed­i­bles, flow­er­ing, medic­i­nal etc) to sup­port our schools pro­gramme.

So, it may have been a slow start but good things come to those who wait. Don’t be dis­heart­ened if your gar­den is a bit be­hind, the warmer nights and sunny days will soon help it to catch up. Ali­son Green­halgh works for

en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Ground­work South as a hor­ti­cul­tural ther­a­pist in Iver. Af­ter a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in sales and mar­ket­ing, she re­trained as an or­ganic gar­dener and is also a

master com­poster.

A bee’s favourite – pyra­can­tha

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