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Early bird offers - BBC Gardeners' World Live

 

This year at BBC Gardener's World Live Show the Blue Diamond Group have a stand in the Plant Village, PV 17, where we have created a wildlife friendly plant display. This display includes a variety of UK Grown bee and pollinator attracting plants, including our own brand of Fryer's Roses.

Fryer’s Roses are grown at our own Bridgemere Nursery in Nantwich, Cheshire, in peat free compost and in kerbside recyclable pots.

Fryer's Roses are also available in all Blue Diamond Garden Centres and online at www.fryersroses.co.uk or by mail order telephone 01270 360017 for delivery throughout the UK*. With over 200 varieties to choose from, many of which are exclusive to Blue Diamond, we have a rose for everyone and every occasion.

For more wildlife friendly plant inspiration visit Blue Diamond Garden Centres or visit our website at

https://www.bluediamond.gg/wildlife-friendly-gardening 

Our knowledgeable staff can guide and advise on various gardening questions so please come along to PV 17 and meet the Blue Diamond Group Team. It’s going to be a great day out!

Book now and save 20% off standard tickets when you quote GWLEXB.

The nearest Blue Diamond Garden Centre to the Show is Melbicks Garden Centre, a 10-minute drive away.

For full details of all Blue Diamond Garden Centres please visit www.bluediamond.gg

*Please visit our website for full delivery terms and conditions

We also have a plant village at the show!   

This is a wildlife-friendly plant display - which means that plants in the display have been specifically chosen to attract bees and/or other pollinators. 

We have also included elements of companion planting. 

Companion planting is a form of gardening where different types of plants are in close proximity to which in turn benefits each other. Benefits could include some form of pest protection, attracting pollinators or making the plant less susceptible to disease. 

Roses and companion planting – to reduce the need to use pesticides 

Although modern roses are generally much more disease resistant but they can still suffer from pests and disease such as aphids which are sap-sucking insects and include insects such as greenfly and blackfly. Blackspot is another common rose disease which defoliate and weaken the rose. Companion planting is the perfect and organic way to reduce aphids and other common diseases in roses but choose plants that require similar care in terms of sunlight, watering and feed. 

Below are some suggestions of perfect rose companion plants 

Lavender – is perfect for planting with roses as it attracts pollinators and also helps to deter rabbits from nibbling away at your roses. 

Lavender is in the RHS top 10 plants for attracting pollinators and especially honey bees. 

Nepeta (Catmint) - is perfect for planting with roses as it attracts pollinators and also helps to deter rabbits from nibbling away at your roses. 

Salvias -are great for attracting insects/pollinators and can keep mildew and black spot at bay. 

Plants to attract bees and pollinators

 Hebes - attracts bees and other pollinators. Flower mid to late summer so extends the food season for bees and pollinators. 

Anemone - attracts bees and other pollinators. Flower mid to late summer so extends the food season for bees and pollinators. 

Armeria - attracts bees and other pollinators especially butterflies. Flower mid to late summer so extends the food season for bees and pollinators. 

Gazania- very attractive to butterflies. 

Coreopsis- very attractive to butterflies and flowers all summer long. 

Salvia- are great for attracting honey bees, insects/pollinators and when planted with roses ie companion planting, can keep mildew and black spot at bay. Long flowering period summer into late autumn. 

Salvia is a Top 10 RHS recommended plant for attracting pollinators. 

Veronica – its flowers are a magnet for bees and other pollinators, provide early season food, late spring into late summer 

Digitalis/Foxglove- with tubular shaped flowers, this is especially attractive to Carder Bees and solitary bees 

Verbena- is a Top 10 RHS recommended plant for attracting pollinators and especially honey bees and mining bees 

Alstroemeria-open stamen means easy access for pollinators and an extended flowering period, throughout the summer and into Autumn 

Astrantia- especially attractive to solitary bees and as a perennial it flowers year after year 

Campanula- very attractive to bees and butterflies and as an extended flowering period, throughout the summer and into Autumn providing a longer food source. 

Dahlia- open stamen provides easy access for bees and pollinators, flowers throughout the summer. 

Verbascum- especially attractive to bees and as a perennial it flowers year after year. 

Erigeron- provides food and shelter for bees and has a long flowering period, spring to autumn so a long food source period. 

Scabiosa- especially attractive to butterflies, and has a long flowering period, spring to autumn so a long food source period. Low maintenance

 Fuchsia- single blooms, tubular shaped which bees love to get inside, long  flowering period, well into Autumn. 

Rhodanthemum- open stamen, single blooms allows for easy access for bees and pollinators. 

Eryngium- is known for attracting bees, butterflies / moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers. 

Delphinium-they bloom early in the season, they are particularly useful for attracting honey bees, hoverflies, solitary bees, masonry bees, and many other beneficial insects. 

Leucanthemum -popular cottage garden plants are a magnet for butterflies and bees. 

Penstemon flowers- are a valuable source of nectar for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds in a wildflower garden. They also make good cut flowers. 

Magnolia tree (one on the right as you stand with your back to the retail area). 

Produces star shaped, early flowering blooms, so an early food source for bees and pollinators.  

Other great pollinator plants 

  1. Borage
  2. Butterfly bush
  3. Coneflower
  4. Cow Parsnip
  5. Dahila
  6. Daisy
  7. Dandelion
  8. Golden Rod
  9.  Lavender
  10.  Marigold
  11. Milkweed
  12. Snapdragon
  13. Sunflower

 

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Bug houses- included in the display as they provide shelter for solitary bees. 

Water feature- included in the display as it provides a bird bath, attracts damsel flies, pond skaters also frogs and toads which are a natural way to provide pest controls as they eat slugs. 

Fryer’s Roses- perfect for attracting pollinators, will flower from late May well into September. Perfect for companion planting see notes above. 

Grown at our own nursery at Bridgemere, Cheshire, in peat free compost and kerbside recyclable pots. 

Fryer’s Roses are exclusive to Blue Diamond Garden Centres and are available online at www.fryersroses.co.uk