About this website
I set up this site in 2006 to share my enthusiasm for flowers and their pollinator partners. It is based on my personal experience as a gardener and amateur naturalist over many years.
I explain how insects feed from flowers, and discuss flower shapes, so that you can identify insect-friendly flowers yourself. With this knowledge you will be able to attract pollinators to your garden through your planting choices.
My approach is to recommend flowers that will attract a wide range of pollinators and support biological diversity in the garden, rather than focussing just on 'bee plants' which may be of limited use to pollinators apart from honey bees and the commoner types of bumblebees.
I also provide a series of downloadable factsheets with basic planting recommendations, and I provide information about how to build homes for solitary bees. Some of the web pages on this site can also be downloaded as pdfs.
For those of you who wish to go into this subject more deeply I provide many recommendations for further reading, and links to other useful websites.
An innovation to the site for 2015 is the 'Focus on..' section. This is mainly intended to highlight garden plants that I recommend, and will be updated every few weeks. I will also use it occasionally to highlight special events. Rest assured that when I recommend plants, I have actually grown them, or are very familar with them. It is my intention that my advice really works.
This is an independent website and is not connected to any organisation or commercial business.
How I started
I originally created this site in 2006. As a wildlife gardener I had gradually become more interested in the relationship between garden flowers and pollinating insects, and I wanted to give visitors to the website the best advice about what to plant.
The information available at that time often seemed to be based on assumptions or anecdote rather than on scientifically based observation. I found that there was very little written about pollination biology that was aimed at ordinary gardeners like myself. I decided to learn as much as I could about the subject. This proved to be a steep learning curve and I am still learning!
There is now much more information around about the relationship between flowers and insects, including recent science which is starting to provide a good evidence base. I try to reflect this in the information on this site.
I took all the photographs on this site, either in our present garden or our previous one.
I now live in Chepstow in Monmouthshire, which lies on the English border of South East Wales, close to the Bristol Channel. You can write to me via the Contact page.
I'm usually available to give talks in my local area, i.e. around Bristol and South Wales.
- Marc Carlton
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Last updated 28 October 2016. © Marc Carlton 2006 - 2016.