Plants & habitats for wildlife

The soil has dried out a bit and I’ve made a start preparing the garden for the new season. There are so many new shoots which is exciting to see – and a reminder that I must finish pruning the apples, roses and willow coppice.

Prunings are used to make wildlife ‘hotels’ / habitats and for mulching, which also means keeping plant matter (and eventually humus) within the garden. A friend builds these wonderful ‘nests’ around newly planted trees using all the ground clearance materials – so no need for bonfires.

I’ve just come across a list of plants that the RHS has put together – special plants for special bees – look here.   A timely reminder of the intricate web of interconnectedness of ecosystems in the garden.