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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbie View Post
    Today we saw the first bee of the year. About the size of a fifty pence piece.
    That will be a bumblebee queen - they emerge from hibernation at this time of year and start looking for new nesting sites. The workers and drones (and old queens) all die in the autumn, leaving the young pregnant queens to take over in the following year.

    I love to watch them searching - they hover just above the ground, throwing up dust like tiny helicopters
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    FB- Hellebores are a brilliant plant for bees! Plenty of pollen. Went to the Hellebore day at Wisley a few weeks back where a Gentleman grower of hellebores gave a short talk. He told us of the virtues of the hellebore for all our bees.
    He too was a bee keeper so had a greater understanding of the bees needs!
    I am also growing more hellebores this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headfry View Post
    FB- Hellebores are a brilliant plant for bees! Plenty of pollen. Went to the Hellebore day at Wisley a few weeks back where a Gentleman grower of hellebores gave a short talk. He told us of the virtues of the hellebore for all our bees.
    He too was a bee keeper so had a greater understanding of the bees needs!
    I am also growing more hellebores this year
    The local cats have scratched the buds off mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by crichmond View Post
    Oh yes, Im sorry as well.
    No problem guys, its nice to read the threads and learn something new
    I'm no bee keeper but signed up to a save the bees campaign so found your comments very interesting.
    http://herbie-veggiepatch.blogspot.com

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    Me too! Big fat bumbley on my hellebore flowers last week. Cheered me up no end seeing it

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