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Gorgeous wildlfowers can help turn your garden into a haven for bees and butterflies:

Gorgeous wildlfowers can help turn your garden into a haven for bees and butterflies:

Whether it’s blood red poppies, cobalt blue cornflowers and thick creamy sprays of cow parsley, wildflowers look just as gorgeous in your garden as they do on verges. According to Gill Watson of the National Wildflower Centre , if people put more thought into the kinds of flowers they plant in their gardens, they could provide invaluable support for their local eco-systems. In particular, Watson notes that Britain’s declining bee populations would benefit greatly from more locally grown wildflowers. Wildflowers, she says, are ‘mainly a food source for our native wildlife and we could help the declining bumblebee population by having several local wildflower gardens, which would enable bees to pollinate without having to fly long distances.’ Viper’s Bugloss Not to be confused with the moth of the same name and also known as Devil’s Weed, Blue Weed and Snakeflower, the Viper...

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