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Watering of alnus cordata shelter trees

Question from Logan Taylor

In forum: Trees and shrubs

I live in the North Island of New Zealand and have planted alnus cordata as a shelter. How often should they be watered. I put in a dripper system for each tree but was informed this varity do not need a watering system. They are 2 years old and some are 2.5 metres high.

  • Posted: Tue. 26th January 2021 04:44

Beekeeping skeps

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Hi all - I was quite excited by the skeps (image at the bottom) I saw yesterday at Hampton Court's A Beekeepers Garden.

I have just spoken to the British Beekeepers Association about domestic use of skeps, and they have said that you can have them in your garden as a decorative addition, but if you notice a bee swarm coming into nest there, you should contact your local beekeeper right away to collect them. If you can commit to this, then it is helpful to have skeps in your garden as it will then prevent them landing in someone's roof or chimney etc. However, skeps are not suitable for cultivating honey, or allowing a permanent nest to establish in them, as they cannot be opened and inspected for diseases.

When thinking about your garden planting, blue is attractive to bees. But the BBA also said to bear in mind that bees need a large block of colour to land on and little tiny groups of plants are unlikely to really help.

The BBKA's bee friendly flowering trees are:

February: Acacia dealbata
March: Alnus cordata
April: Amelanchier lamarckii
May: Sorbus x arnoldiana
June: Sorbus aria .Tilia tomentosa
July: Castanea sativa
August: Koelreuteria paniculata
September: Tetradium daniellii

Hope this is useful!

All the best Nicola

  • Posted: Tue. 7th July 2009 12:46

This plant is featured at Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Alnus cordata

Alnus cordata has been used in The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council for Chelsea Flower Show 2009.

  • Posted: Fri. 15th May 2009 07:53