THANK you for the invitation, Sue Read (Letters, June 25).

Bees have been kept by my family for five generations, so I am aware of what they like.

However, I did ask that the seeding heads of the red valerian be removed.

I think this would be done by considerate and thoughtful gardeners so as not to 'share' something other people may regret acquiring.

I have spent too many unhappy hours trying to rid a former garden of this, re-pointing and re-placing mortar destroyed by roots.

Congratulations on having such a varied selection for the bees.

They would prefer it to valerian, which they do not swarm around.

Liz Scott