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eradicate Himalayan Balsam


I saw the BBC1 programme Halcyon Diaries today (on June 30, 2010), where we could see how the Himalayan Balsam takes over wildlife, bees only look for their honey with this plant, being big, with lots of nectar, and thus neglecting the original habitat. So most English wild flowers do not get pollinated and will eventually disappear…
So what we could / should do is try to eradicate this plant, especially trying to avoid it getting into flower. I for one will certainly do my best. I have it in my garden, and tried to eradicate it without knowing all this, so from now on, I will do my bit to help nature.

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Good for you it's a pest. I've known it all my life as it grows on the banks of our local river. when I was small it only grew in a few places but now it's all along the banks. It has a unique smell, quite like it actually as it reminds of my youth. The 'Authorities' are trying to eradicate it but it's difficult as spraying is a no no as it grows near our drinking water.

30 May, 2010


I saw this programme too and was surprised the Beekeeper said it's better than Brambles and/or Nettles. My reaction was 'silly man ! ' or words to that effect. : o ) )

30 May, 2010


I have been watching this programme as well , the plant in question looked lovely, you would not realise looking at it how much of a pest it is.

30 May, 2010


There's so much of this in some places I don't think it will ever get totally erradicated. It just seems to be taking over. It's very pretty though.

30 May, 2010


there was a man selling this on saturday and i told him it was a weed,luckily there were no takers and i noticed he took it home with him

31 May, 2010


Gracious me, even sélling it! Pfffttt...

31 May, 2010


Shirley, I had the same reaction! Grrrrr. I cannot understand those people.

31 May, 2010


he said one mans weed is another mans plant,prat

3 Jun, 2010


Well, I guess that it's short-sightedness rather than stupidity. Himalayan Balsam is so pretty, and unless people who know better explain to us why it is damaging, we never know. I first saw this recently growing along the banks of the River Spey. My friend and I took seed to her garden as it was so pretty. I don't know if they germinated, but I had no idea about the bees neglecting the native species until I read this blog. Education, education, education as someone once said! lol ;)

27 Feb, 2011

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