My friend is without bees …

He’s deep in good countryside too, but admittedly farmed the modern way and mostly set to production. An environment in some areas of the UK which can be most sterile for buzzing pollen-collecting insects. He has lots of valerian, dianthus and things that should attract bees, but to what extent do local farmers spray?

Bees were hard to find earlier in the year, these last few days I get lots so maybe other locations are not providing sufficient pollen? Moths are certainly in a big decline, next to nothing enters the open kitchen window after dark, whereas thirty years ago and less they were actually a ‘nuisance’. Its thought bees are suffering from the aluminium from chemtrails, likewise aquatic life in streams and rivers.

Yet here this morning fifteen miles from him in my own garden the place is thankfully  a-buzz with buzzing things (and they ain’t mobile phones)  … various forms of bee, loving what I have to offer in this garden. Luckily a small colony of bees have been occupying one of the birdboxes on my rear house wall for maybe a year; last year I was so lucky to see the queen fly-in her flightless (workers?) one by one carrying them  ‘piggyback’ from the perennial border seven yards away.

When I look around this small estate I can see neighbours are challenged at reaching a better level of abundance for bees and suchlike. Elsewhere as I drive around the dreaded gravel and block paving slowly but surely creeps onto what were once flower bearing gardens. Does it not dawn on them “What the flip is there here for bees” ?

Even in a small bed at my front lawn which catches the sun, say five square yards …

Campanula 4ft erect form just starting.

Hebe white form 2-1/2 ft domed shrub as usual the main attraction. Easy from cuttings which I took deliberately as it is so attractive to bees.

Lambs tongue also v good for bees, its dry but this is thriving.

Cranesbill.

At rear right now  ….

Roses at their best (late this year).

Monkshood just starting.

Canterbury bells well into flowering.

(Foxglove receding) yet D Sibirica at its best right now ie useful to bees.

What could be done and isn’t is the staggered cutting of municipal areas so that clover can be allowed to flower, daisies ditto, smaller flying things love them. This is an obvious and simple boost for bees yet seemingly beyond the Authorities to embrace such a boon. Particularly appropriate in this dry year as a taller leafier growth might well cope with drought better. Short cropped and hence non-fflowering clover is no help to anyone or anything.

How come I can do this sort of  ‘thinking’  yet all around me theres little of it ??

 

 

 

Sometimes I think I should produce a booklet of how to build a garden like mine. It would save people time and money, put my experience directly into their hands. Put into permanent form something which will die with me.

For books I suggest the 3 volume ‘Readers Digest’ from the 1960’s, beautiful in every way. Looking quickly at my shelves, favourites are and you will enjoy these if you respond to the written word as I do and appreciate writers of breadth, sensitivity and insight.

Roy Genders ‘The Cottage Garden’.

Gerorge M Taylor ‘The Little Garden’

Graham Stuart Thomas ‘Climbing Roses Old and New’

RHS ‘Some Good Garden Plants’

And a most delightful treatment of various gardens developed after war had ravaged  London, a little quirky to our so-called modern eyes but tremendously attractive and worthwhile … Lady Allen and Susan Jellicoe ‘The New Small Garden’ pub by The Architectural Press. Theres a modern re-work of this title as a tribute to the original, equally a worthwhile purchase.

Its ‘funny’ about garden writers, the latest is always the one we see yet those that have passed away were in their day equally good but are now obscured, harder to find and to perhaps to such an extent as if they have no value. This is shameful.  A case in point being ‘Flowers of the Field’ by Rev C A Johns, a suprising, touching and co-incidental quote that was read at the gathering for my aunties funeral a few years ago. A favourite book of mine, well illustrating how much we have lost in the amount of information seemed appropriate.

So you see, for a small spend one could say far less than the expense of a mid priced meal out for two,  you can educate yourself, enter the mind and outlook of another person of accomplishment and benefit from their efforts. Its all pre-digital and we have lost something in the meantime. Theres a line from a poem that I think is valuable … “I want to be as our fathers were in the days before we were born.” Indeed, each generation accumulates practice, insight, developed ability but often it is cast away.

 

Beekeepers fear the ‘June gap’ …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Gap

Here below is a miscellany from earlier years …. around 2013 in my own garden. As with most things here it is seed raised or cuttings from other gardens I’ve worked in. Seed collecting now being a fun activity through summer. Likewise seed distribution in areas other than my own garden, supermarket waste area, a couple of public parks, a layby (to think of my first beagle on his last outing thirteen years ago) also a reclaimed landfill site. Nothing is introduced to well set and established ‘real countryside’.  Oh yes and as you drive south over the W Bridge there are three distinct groups of yellow flag iris early June, all my own handiwork, scattered say ten years ago.

 

 

 

 

Below are wilder areas beyond my own garden that having browsed B file a few minutes ago cannot help but want to add to this page. Something like 6k images online and half a million words built as a form of ‘electronic headstone’ and at its peak I was taking / collecting 30k items a year inc mvi.  Now theres little photography if any at all, though might have a go at pinhole; my wife a quiet woman provided a framework for me to pursue such things, this is the third summer without her, life changes. It also means I cook and launder and it all takes time, happily enough!

 

 

 

I collected a couple of hundred of these pics and had them bound into a hardback book (easy low cost resources available online) so that my auntie well into her nineties could see my life and what interests me. She loved it, meaning so much more than words could ever convey; in a way it got her out of the house for an hour, she had long since ceased to watch tv.

 

 

 

Insect decline …

From what I see it looks to be plant species of hebe and hypericum that look unwell in this garden, I’m suspecting aluminium from chemtrails. Organic growers around the world state alumium as destroying a full third of yield.  Its thought such chemtrail aluminium is responsible for bee decline. At night theres no moths to speak of, for the first or second year the kitchen window can be left open after dark and NOTHING flies though the window.

Heres a blog that provides sufficient reading for hours  ….

http://russgeorge.net/2018/01/26/the-end-of-flowers-and-the-foods-and-pleasures-they-provide-to-all/#comment-1445

Read how bees ‘dance’ and communicate to their fellow hive members  … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waggle_dance

Better I go get a pic to help my listing …

 

 

All pics above are mine circa 2011 and taken down at a nearby waste heap that has (so far, permanent) shallow ponds, my wifes ashes are scattered at the outfall. Originally coal mining waste, then used as a landfill site. It was capped with pit waste and planted with mixed and conifer say 1980. I’ve introduced two dozen native north british species since at least twenty years ago and now theres a thousand common spotted orchids every June and July, likewise all my honeysuckle cuttings have taken and provide habitat for small songbirds and help for any remaining moths.  Round leaved orchid also has established, say half a dozen so far, seed collected from a motorway services eighty miles away. Latest success is avens successfully established and round leaved mint from upcountry ‘surviving’ so far. The bank of cowslips this year was fabulous, likewise each years succession of umbellifers though common is always enjoyable. Yellow flag iris is abundant at the ponds, all due to me, ditto three patches I sowed and visible as ppl drive south over the bridge a mile away.

Also above is the Burnett Moth … but I haven’t seen any this year!

Uh-oh …..

 

Also … WHERE ARE GARDEN FLOWERS ???

Increasingly ppl with scant knowledge decide to lay down gravel and block paving where really they should be growing shrubs and flowers. My garden front and back is advanced in content and variety that other gardens look the work of backward lazy people. Yet my own patch takes very little work nowadays. The problem with this increasing sterility is the move to lazier lifestyles, increasingly becoming ‘ideal’ consumers, grazing on tv and convenience food. People cannot garden if they have neither a minds eye data base of what they are looking at or what they should be aiming for, as if mere five year olds. Does anyone ask me how I do what I do …. I was going to say ‘no-one’ but its no more than two people.

The silence is deafening …

I leave the kitchen window open at nights but never any moths; a serious decline that in the UK is bereft of significant data in the last five years.

Here I am this morning trying to find recent posts for the frightening decline of moths and as with say west coast USA Pacific seabird decline there is very little recent material. UK moth decline reporting mostly dries up five years ago and the sea bird decline mentioned ‘falls off a cliff’ from two years ago when massive numbers were driven onto land before all perished. Near impossible to find current data. The silence is deafening.  I suspect there are forces at work to hinder propogation of current news of how things are; most certainly we know that the USA has gagged all scientists at the EPA, which in my view is a most certain admission that trump knows full well that climate change is real and catastrophic, hence his desire for the wall and its inevitable militarisation etc etc.  Witness diatoms, witness Pacific die-back and the poison from Fukushima.

Wake up sheeple !!

The time lag between what is happening right now with climate and it reaching the open public forum is too slow, too late. Funny how trump goes on about ‘fake news’ when in fact a monumental effort is being made by unanswerable powers including himself to do just that !!

Incidentally, the continuing ‘moronisation’ of household gardens certainly annoys me, does not help nature whatsoever; the endless stripping of any growing thing to a sterile patch of gravel, block paving and crushed slate is moronic beyond belief. As decades progress the average not particularly talented gardener has lost what little ingenuity they once had. Theres little thought or attention to a succession of flowering things throughout the year. Likewise much street lighting and household security lighting could be scaled back. For instance, roads lit where no pedestrian ever goes and all cars have headlights anyway !

Regarding bees … is it commonly known that with increased CO2 pollen and green growing things are now a third less valuable as protein ?? Think of bees carrying home nowadays ‘junk food’ where at one time this would be high value material, this limits their ability to survive winter. We also need to alter human diet, this meat obsessed ‘affluent diet’ needs to be modified, its damaging the planet. Its tedious and sickening to see oversized white men drooling over overstuffed burgers, meanwhile planning their next longhaul holiday destination. Carbon footprint boys and girls, carbon footprint !!!

Anyway, some good quality links …

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/feb/01/british-moths-calamitous-decline

https://farming.co.uk/news/ukand%2339%3Bs-moth-populations-suffer-massive-declines

https://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/news/biggest-analysis-british-nature-biodiversity-decline

searching around we find cuckoos are much declined …

http://www.field-studies-council.org/cuckoos/disappearing-cuckoos.aspx

 

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WordPress likes a picture so heres one from three years ago in my garden.

Postscript 17th May 2018. Regarding media manipulation. Maybe half a dozen times to different people I’ve pointed upwards to the sky not really getting anywhere and today it was a revelation.

“Oh you don’t believe in that mind control” ….

Uh??

“Of course not but what I am saying is that those straight lines that haze and merge are not conventional aircraft trails, they’re full of aluminium and organic growers are having problems with it, its also why California burned the way it did.”

(Remember …. Monsantos GM patents include aluminium resistance).

So who the heck is talking abt mind control? As with the first two people I mentioned this to and avid Fox News fans, as I did determine from that encounter there is conscious effort to broadcast material that ridicules the ‘look at the chemtrail’ people. I’m an engineer and used to producing solutions where there isn’t a guide book, no flow chart to help me with never encountered often unique ‘one-off’ problems. Its called thinking and using ones eyes; developed skill, insight, experience. But theres often precious little of that nowadays, third and fourth generation tv fed leisure obsessed sheeple are lost, often quite brainless. The obvious broadcast of derogatory material specifically intended to ridicule anyone that questions something ‘not right’  indeed is nasty and explains why its so difficult to get ppl to look up and take notice, if already they are conditioned to think its silly ‘mind control’.  Thats why its so difficult, they have been set against any such enquiring mind by it being framed in the media as a crackpot notion. Framed to automatically be seen as a nutcase enthusiasm. You see, theres no tv in this house so how wld I know their prior knowledge is so affected, so conditioned to ridicule and disregard my concern?

This week starting in Cumbria on Monday under the west coast flight path and now its Friday in the NE of England its been chemtrail spraying everyday. This was ineveitable as we’d been granted a fortnight of clear blue to get things going in the Merry Month of May. I wonder what I’ll be reporting in a year, two and three years from now ? With jet stream alteration and the cooling effect of the Arctic near to extinction its maybe this year and next when Americas mid and Eastern food production will be severely diminished. Realise too that plant transpiration is down ie CO2 to O conversion as well as the contribution from diatoms which has fallen most significantly. Think ‘feedback loops’. So much always happening out of sight (and out of mind) in a most wonderful interconnected web of nature but those days are gone.

*I was tempted to post a youtube here but to be honest who the hell has half an hour to throw away when the text as a document could be read in a tenth of the time. Thats the problem … too much time taken ‘watching something’ ……