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Why should you make a bee friendly garden?
Bees are incredible creatures who just want to go about their day, pollinate and eat yummy nectar. Without them, our world would be a lot more dull, there would be less flowers, fruit and vegetables around!
What's in it for the bees?
Giving bees plants to visit in your garden will help them gain energy from the nectar by supplying them with sugars which is a vital part of a bees diet. The pollen in the plants will also provide protein and fat which will contribute to a balanced diet.
What's in it for you?
Inviting bees into your garden will increase pollination and give you more flowers to brighten up your home. You will also be reducing the chances of bees going extinct which means that we will be able to continue enjoying beautiful flowers, fruits, vegetables and honey. If you have children, it will also ensure that they do not grow up being afraid of bees.
We've put together a list of flowers which will encourage bees to visit your garden, click on the image below to print out our guide.
If you'd like to find out how to attract other wildlife garden, check out our top tips here!
Bridges In Myths & Legends
Whether it be garden bridges, road bridges or bridges between realms, they appear in a suprising amount of myths and legends. Most people have heard of the Three Billy Goats Gruff who went over a bridge with a troll beneath, but what about the more obscure stories?
Devils bridge is a village in Ceredigion, Wales. It is well known for it's unique bridge which has three separate bridges built on top of each other, instead of the previous bridges being demolished.
Legend says that the original bridge was built after an old woman named Megan noticed that her cow had somehow made it to the other side of a river. This being her only cow and only source of income, Megan was very upset and worried. An old monk appeared behind her asking what was wrong, and after explaining the situation, he offered to build her a bridge. All that he wanted in return was the first living creature to cross the bridge after it was finished. Once finished, Megan threw a loaf of bread across the bridge which her dog chased after. She thanked him and told him that he could take her dog. He replied telling her that the dog was no good to him and vanished right in front of her. That's when she knew for sure that she had bested the Devil.
If you are wanting to create a truly relaxing atmosphere in your garden, a Japanese garden may be the way to go. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start, which is why we have put together a list of our top tips to create the most authentic Japanese garden possible.
1. Bamboo Fences
Wouldn't it be lovely, not having to spend money each and every week on vegetables which go off before you manage to use them up? You start the week off with all of the best intentions, a meal plan in place, the shopping in the fridge, and then life gets in the way. Before you know it, your potatoes are growing micro potatoes, your tomatoes have gone mouldy and your garlic is ... well it's still there because garlic seems to last forever. So, instead, why not grow your own vegetables?
A sensory garden is a garden area which is designed to stimulate all five of the senses. This can create a relaxing and comforting environment for children and adults alike, especially those who are suffering with mental illness and disabilities.
Our 5 senses consist of sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. All of these are important as they send information to the brain to help us understand the world around us and keep us safe.
There are accessible sensory gardens out there which you are able to visit courtesy of charities such as Tree of Hope, which are amazing, but some people are unable to travel to these gardens on a regular basis, so why not have a go as creating your very own.