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No matter what season you visit, there is bound to be something interesting growing along this wall. This little stretch of sloped ground has been planted with all sorts of bulbs, shrubs, bushes and herbs. Take a look for the bright red and white valerian with their dense umbrellas of flowers, and the deep red to black berries of St. John’s wort, both of which have uses in herbal medicine to improve sleep and mood. Some of the flowers here, like the bluebells and hawthorn hedges above them, are great for pollinators too, and it’s no surprise as there is a beekeeper in residence nearby! Many bees don’t travel very far when looking for food and so having pollen and nectar-rich flowers within a few hundred meters is like living next to a supermarket.
Fun fact: Ireland has between 99 and only one of them is a honey bee, the rest are bumblebees and solitary bees, which make up the majority.
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