#KentGardenShow in Detling - coming up this weekend! Donna will be live on stage!📍Have you seen our "you are here" signs?
The show is a complete circuit meaning you'll always see everything there is to offer, but these signs make it easier to locate catering, toilets and car parks in relation to your current location. Handy! 👍🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
Thinking about taking part in the #GreatSconeBake event on NATIONAL CREAM TEA DAY on Friday 28th 2019 June, which is about raising money for the National Trust, who preserves wildlife. Cream tea society... See MoreSee Less
CPRE Kent is a charity that protects the beauty, tranquillity and biodiversity of the Kent countryside. They champion the environment and planning issues all over the county and are running a publication called 'Kent Voice'. ... See MoreSee Less
The Spring-Summer 2019 edition of Kent Voice has a varied range of articles for your delectation. Barrie Gore has vacated the chairman’s seat at Canterbury CPRE and has some whether views, whether y...
Jane Hopkinson from 'Wild About Gardens' with the Kent Wildlife Trust was here yesterday, judging us for this #competition. It was very exciting! She gave us some very helpful tips as to how we can do even more to encourage wildlife in too, so thanks to Jane and we look forward to seeing her in October at the #Awards #ceremony! (Even if we do not win anything, we love dressing up!) ... See MoreSee Less
#MakingaBuzzfortheCoast Gaining an understanding of Pollinators and their essential role in our world today is important. Pollination is a vital support system and without it we could not exist. Why not think about leaving a small patch of flowers when mowing grass, or even planting 🌿 a few local pollinator friendly plants? 🐝 🦋 @doitfordavidattenborough #BeesNeeds #DavidAttenborough #BuzzingCoast ... See MoreSee Less
#countryandtownhousemagazine #Theenglishhomemagazine House and Garden Woman and Home MagazineMagazine #BBC #GardenersWorldMagazine #countrylivinguk #countryhomesandinteriors Ideal Home #ModernGardensMagazine Gardens Illustrated Livingetc#SwallowfieldsNursery, #LittleOvendenNursery, #InvictaHerbs, Beechbridge PlantsPlant fair at the lovely Godinton house & gardens today. A first for Enchanted, not exhibited here before, but we did really well, helped by the fabulous weather! Great sense of community too with Swallowfields Nursery, Beechbridge PLants, Little Ovenden Nursery & Invicta Herbs here too. We picked up a couple of interesting specimens, we will see how they do at Enchanted! ... See MoreSee Less
Go France!!! If you really do not like 'weeds' like dandelions and red nettle in your garden, please dig them out, rather than spray, or better yet, learn to love them just a little bit! ... See MoreSee Less
Plant fair at the lovely Godinton house & gardens today. A first for Enchanted, not exhibited here before, but we did really well, helped by the fabulous weather! Great sense of community too with Swallowfields Nursery, Beechbridge PLants, Little Ovenden Nursery & Invicta Herbs here too. We picked up a couple of interesting specimens, we will see how they do at Enchanted! ... See MoreSee Less
Just one week to go untill we'll take part in the Whitstable National Garden Scheme Open Gardens Plant Sale on Sunday May 19th! Find us, Enchanted Gardens Kent, from 10am - 5pm in 67a Joy Lane (#JupiterHouse) and go down to the #lower part of their #garden: Sherrin's Cottage. We'll be offering an exciting range of unusual pollinator-friendly plants. If you're coming by car, Joy Lane Charity Parking will be open (Contributions to Girl Guides) Refreshments form Stream Walk and the Umbrella Centre Community Gardens. There is also the Rose In Bloom pub right next door! Visit, enjoy and support a good cause. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Delicious and delicate scents of the common hawthorn, or the May Blossom as I know it, or Crateagus mongyna if you 're posh. Its a native, deciduous (leaves fall off) tree so brilliant for our native wildlife! It can support more than 300 insects. It is the foodplant for caterpillars of many moths, including the hawthorn, orchard ermine, pear leaf blister, rhomboid tortrix, light emerald, lackey, vapourer, fruitlet mining tortrix, small eggar and lappet moths. Its flowers are eaten by dormice and provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects. The haws are rich in antioxidants and are eaten by many migrating birds such as redwings, fieldfares and thrushes, as well as small mammals. Wow! ... See MoreSee Less
The best habitats for bumblebees are those that offer plenty of ﬂowers to feed on during the entire active phase of the bees’ lifecycle (from March until October). This will ensure that there is a good supply of pollen at all of the crucial times. www.bumblebeeconservation.org/gardeningadvice #FlowersForBees ... See MoreSee Less
We were lucky enough to be joined by two Shrill carder bee queens during BBC South East filming! The material captured at Enchanted Gardens and Ellenden Farm, Whitstable was broadcast live yesterday evening.
Viewer's feedback: "What a joy to watch the @BuzzingCoast on @bbcsoutheast BBC South East last night talking about the rare Shrill career #bee - to see two of these bees together was a delight! Well done to the team and all involved in trying to increase habitat for this bee." 🐝🐝
The BBC ARE HERE!!! OMG! AND they found three Queen Shrill carder bees within seconds of getting here!! Donna was interviewed by Yvette Austin, Environment Correspondent at BBC South East... See MoreSee Less
IT'S HEDGEHOG AWARENESS WEEK 5th - 11th May, 2019 😍 Spike’s Hedgehog SANCTUARY is a small home-based hedgehog hospital in Yorkletts/ Seasalter, near WHITSTABLE in Kent. For emergencies ring 07732025155 (sick, injured and small baby hedgehogs). For information on talks or general advice/information about hedgehogs, please contact Brian or Janette Scott, between 9am - 6pm on 01227 507577 .. #SeasalterHedgehogs #KentHedgehogCentre #HedgehogWeekUK #WhitstableHedgehogRescue #AdoptaHedgehog Amazing Grace the Hedgehog #HedgehogRehab spikeshedgehogsanctuary.org... See MoreSee Less
Steve Backshall visits a hedgehog rescue centre in Surrey founded by Brian May. He meets the dedicated staff and discovering the stories behind some of the animals being treated, helps to release a successfully treated hedgehog back into the wild. #SteveBackshall Channel 5... See MoreSee Less
A reminder to go and visit Faversham Garden Market in the central Market Place on Sunday 30th June 2019 from 10am to 4pm, where a large number of stalls will be selling plants, food, gardenalia and other garden related items. Enchanted Gardens Kent nursery will be there too, offering their special pollinator-friendly plants and herbs. Faversham ( ME13 8NS) is just 15 from Whistable, were we are and is conveniently situated just off Junction 6 of the M2. There is plenty of on-street town centre parking along with several convenient car parks. #FavershamGardenMarket ... See MoreSee Less
A must-see/ must-hear 28 minute video by Prof Dave Goulson on the loss of biodiversity and threats to insects critical to pollination of life foods. Have a listen and pass it along to your network, please.
Our new book is published today!! Thanks to Michael O'Mara for allowing us to go on this wonderful journey of discovery. We're so lucky to be able to share our fascination with bees, of all shapes and sizes. We hope you will enjoy reading about their idiosyncratic behaviour and their relationship with us, and that you too fall in love with these lynchpins of the natural world, because they are under threat and urgently need our help for their survival...and for ours. www.mombooks.com/book/the-good-bee/?imprint=1... See MoreSee Less
Our next PLANT FAIR is this Sunday, 12th May 2019 from 11:00 – 16:30 at Godinton House And Gardens in Godinton Lane, Ashford. Kent, TN23 3BP.
We will offer a wonderful range of interesting and unusual plants. Come and help us to conserve the diversity of flowers available to gardeners. #enthusiastic #growers #dedicated #providing #highquality, #established #plants #Landmark #historicalplace #TeaRroom #Publicgarden #PlantFair #SpecialistNurseries #biodiversity #dayout #gardening
The Woodland Trust Today is international Dawn Chorus Day! Thankfully, we are so close to Wraik Hill Nature Reserve, Blean and Ellenden Woods, and can experience this spectacle fully. 🙂Today we're celebrating International Dawn Chorus Day! You might have heard loud bird song during January, but things really get going by early March. The birds know that winter is ebbing and spring is on its way. The lengthening daylight and warmer weather switches male songbirds into breeding mode. So, from March to July, males are defending their territories and singing to attract a mate.
The sound of the dawn chorus is unmistakable. The first birds begin to sing about an hour before sunrise, among the earliest to rise are skylarks, song thrushes, robins and blackbirds. The pre-dawn singers are joined by woodpigeons, wrens and warblers, while great tits, blue tits, sparrows and finches only add their voices when it’s light enough for them to see.
Singing is hard work, so only the fittest, best-fed males produce the strongest and most impressive song. Females, therefore, choose a mate who sings best. If you hear a bird singing alone late into the season, they're most likely a lonely batchelor who has failed to attract a mate!
Feel inspired to create your own "Mini Meadow"? . www.bumblebeeconservation.org has set up a scheme called ‘Buzzing Gardens’: This means planting pollen and nectar rich wildflowers in your garden to provide a valuable food source for bumblebees. They have teamed up with Kent Wildlife Trust to award the - Garden with the Best Buzz - category as a part of their ‘Wild About Gardens’ competition. You can find out how bee friendly your garden is by visiting the #Beekind section of their website. ow.ly/MIsG50t48Pe . #RHS #RoyalHorticulturalSociety #bumblebee #gardening #bee #garden #allotment #bumblebeegarden #conservation #nature #BuzzingGardens #WildAboutGardens #Competition #BestBuzzGardens #NationalGardeningWeekAn easy way to encourage #bumblebees to your #garden is to create a "mini meadow" on your lawn, even if it's just 1m2. Leave the mowing until the end of August - that was traditionally when ancient hay meadows were cut, and when most wildflowers have had the chance to set seed. ... See MoreSee Less