Stratford on Slaney is Buzzing with Bees!

The participants of my Baltinglass ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’ classes decided to join forces on Earth Day, April 22nd and plant for the local bees and butterflies. All around the country positive action of pollinators are happening and this one will add to the network.

A choice of perennial herbaceous plants, herbs and a few ground cover shrubs were chosen based on the flowering season, and colours bees and butterflies like. Lavender, sedum, aubrietia, ceanothus, salvia to name a few. Blues, whites, yellows and mauve pinks won the day! prep planting 4

What was particularly nice about this end result was it wasn’t just members of the Stratford community. Joining us on the day were a couple from nearby Donard, a lady from Baltinglass and some kids. And the few plants that were surplus went to Donard to help the pollinators in that area. Communities doing their bit for pollinators and biodiversity!

Gardening for Biodiversity lands at Raheen, Clonroche Co Wexford

So glad to be continuing this successful project with the help of Wexford County Council’s Local Agenda 21 grant and the support of Raheen Family Resource Centre.

At a time when gardeners and community groups are gearing up for another year of planting, weeding and composting, I hope to add a few layers of advice and guidance to their gardening ways. I’m repeating the same topics covering Trees for Wildlife (this one took place during National Tree Week), Gardening for Pollinators, Creating and Managing Wildflower Meadows, Gardening and Water Conservation. And the final one Peat free gardening.

At the same time I see the All Ireland Pollinator Strategy has added another wonderful addition to this national initiative – Actions for Pollinators – a way to map positive actions for our much needed pollinators. I’ll be pleased I can add a red dot to Raheen!Bio Feb 2017