INTERESTING BITS ‘N’ PIECES
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Tuesday 20th April 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
INTERESTING BITS ‘N’ PIECES
- Do nothing, for your brain’s sake. Doing nothing does a lot for your brain. Neuroscience research suggests that giving your brain a timeout can support productivity and long-term learning. But even as you rest, your brain may still be working. To fully shut down, you can incorporate these resting strategies into your routine: Take a walk, but don’t get fixated on your number of steps; play a game but don’t keep score; or cook a meal without
2. The bottom line. The combined annual rise as of 1 April in the cost of living for Britain’s 27.6 million households is £5.7bn, according to financial-comparison websites. More expensive taxes, groceries and energy bills will add almost 10% to household expenses, or £206.41 per home.
3. On Monday 5th April, the UK recorded its greenest day ever, thanks to wind and solar energy supercharging the electricity grid. The National Grid reported that, on Easter Monday, energy was made up 39% wind, 21% solar and 16% nuclear. This meant that power plants in England, Scotland and Wales produced only 39g of CO2 for every kilowatt-hour of electricity. This is over 5g less than the previous greenest day which was on 24th May 2020.
4. Buckingham Palace announced last week, before the sad passing of The Duke of Edinburgh, that it will open its immaculate gardens to the public this summer, giving guests the chance to picnic and explore the Queen’s official London residence with a self-guided tour.
From July to September, visitors will be free to wander through the glorious garden that encompasses the 156-metre Herbaceous Border. Here, there are plane trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, views of the glistening island lake, hives of buzzing bees, wildflower meadows, and the famous Rose Garden.
5. RESULTS OF A YOUGOV SURVEY
Irresponsible? Boris Johnson has urged English people to behave responsibly as the restrictions are lifted on a number of activities including pub gardens, shops, and restaurants with outdoor seating.
Two thirds (67%) of Britons think the public will not behave responsibly over the next few weeks – but 91% say they themselves will.
TOP ELEVEN OF THE DAY
TOP 11 Wildflowers to Create a Bee Motorway
Plant these 11 wildflowers to create a bee motorway in your garden
Create a buzz in your garden with these pollen-rich flowers.
Create a haven for wildlife in your garden this summer by planting delicious bee-friendly wildflowers. From daisies to poppies, there are plenty of pollen-rich flowers for bees and butterflies to feast on.
Insect charity Buglife has launched a new plan to help pollinating insects by creating a “bee motorway” across the UK. Landowners have been planting connecting highways for bees to enjoy, but they are now asking for farmers, councils and households with gardens to also get involved.
“In your own back garden, having more bees will improve your crops, as they’ll be pollinating the flowers for you! Many wildflowers also depend on the bees for pollination, so by growing more you’ll certainly be doing your bit,” Michael Perry, Rowse Gardening Expert, says.
Take a look at some of the flowers to plant this summer…
1 Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
Create a haven for bees and butterflies in your garden by planting a handful of vibrant cornflowers. Rich in scent and colour, these are an important source of pollen and nectar for bees, especially honey bees.
Michael adds: “Blooms will appear in the summer months, which surprisingly is when the honey bees source of food is at its most scarce, and will usually peak in production at around 11am each day so look out then for their full beauty!”
2 Common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)
These beautiful plants – often found in rural spots, grassland, along roadside verges and hedgerows — are a great food source for a wide range of bees. As well as providing a soft burst of colour in the garden, they attract a wide range of insect life.
3 Corn Marigold (Glebionis segetum)
A cheery summer plant, Corn Marigolds are also brilliant to welcome wildlife into your outdoor space. With golden-yellow discs and a green stem, they are one of the loveliest wild flowers around.
“The voluptuous flowerheads rank highly for nectar production, and are visited by bees, very small butterflies, hover-flies and moths,” says Michael.
4 Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
Bees are big fans of the poppy. Instantly recognisable, they keep on bouncing back as the seeds are initiated by disturbed soil. Simply sprinkle over a patch of grass and watch as the annual wildflower returns every year.
5 Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)
“We have a few native Geraniums, but the Meadow Cranesbill is the most widespread. Native to Europe and Asia, many cultivated forms became popular here during Elizabethan times,” adds Michael. “It’s a strong nectar source for honeybees, buff-tailed bees, red-tailed bees as well as solitary wasps.”
6 Cowslip (Primula veris)
These gorgeous yellow wildflowers — which are known to inhabitant clifftops, open meadows, sand dunes and fields — hang in delicate clusters. Ideal for attracting bees and hover-flies, don’t forget to plant them this summer.
7 Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
A classic flower for every garden, there really is nothing as pretty as a dazzling white daisy.
“With a long June-September flowering period, Oxeye Daisies make a final grand statement for your wild border,” Michael says. “Be sure to take a peek outside at night though, their other common name ‘Moon Daisy’ comes from the fact they appear to glow after dark.”
8 Musk Mallow (Malva moschata)
With petalled pink flowers and feathery leaves, these head-turning flowers are among some of the best to buy this summer. As well as being a handsome wildflower for a border or large container, their scent will fill your garden with a gorgeous aroma.
9 Night-flowering Catchfly (Silene noctiflora)
The night-flowering catchfly is a unique arable plant which only opens its flowers from evening onwards.
Michael adds: “A somewhat rare sight in the UK, with most colonies occurring in Central and Southern England. It favours wasteland, disturbed ground and cultivated fields. The flowering period is quite long, giving 3 months from June-August.”
10 Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Matricaria chamomilla, commonly known as chamomile, is one of several different species in the daisy family. As well as attracting nature, its sweet-scented, smooth plant has been used as a herbal remedy for decades.
“A small and creeping plant often kept clipped by grazing animals, most plants only exist in the wild in the South of the UK, notably in the New Forest,” adds Michael.
“It can be found on heath, coast clifftops, grassland, and oddly cricket pitches through our spring and summer months!”
11 Red Campion (Silene dioica)
This dainty native wildflower with rose-pink flowers is a real garden favourite — and one the bees will love, too.
“Long-tongued bees are the pollinators for the Red Campion, as the bloom has long tubes with nectar at the base. However, cheeky short-tongued bees often nip a hole in the base of the bloom to steal the nectar from the bottom.”
BY LISA WALDEN – Country Living Magazine
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Don’t search for the meaning of life. Simply be present for the people you love. – Maxime Lagacé
Happiness is…creating a Bee Motorway in your garden.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
The rotation of Earth really makes my day.
Love is…totally awesome.
A time to let your brain do nothing…A time to flood your brain with creative ideas.
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