London (change)
Today 13°C / 5°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 7°C
121 to 134 of 134 messages
20/10/2013 at 09:04

My wild flower bit is looking rather messy. OH wants it tidied up. I want to leave it for the birds.

20/10/2013 at 09:36

My whole garden looks a mess fb. 

20/10/2013 at 09:54

Lol I'm with you there nutcutlet although I like to think it looks "natural"..

20/10/2013 at 10:00

Very 'natural' Farmergeddun, I'll try and achieve a little control between now and next year. Not too much though

22/10/2013 at 20:13

Hi Guys,

My wildflower garden looked a mess until today when I decided to get my act

together and tidy it up a bit.  Lots of tall dead stalks left from the corn marigolds,

cornflowers and corncockles, so I just pulled them out.  The ground was so dry

(despite quite heavy rain on a few days)  that it was quite easy.  The ladies bedstraw is still going strong and there is new growth at the base of my oxeye

daiisies, but I don't know whether this is a good thing?  Also my cow parsley

is already  showing new growth, presumably from the seeds of the only plant

I planted.  Is it not much too early?  My wild violets are already in flower under

the trees and I have today planted my wild primrose and cowslip plugs as the

weather was lovely and warm.  I've also planted wild daffodil bulbs and am

awaiting delivery of native bluebell bulbs.   I can't wait for next spring!

 

22/10/2013 at 21:11

Nutcutlet - I'm just about to PM you! 

22/10/2013 at 22:27

got it and replied ffb (2 replies)

My cow parsley is growing now, it always starts again with the autumn rains. Don't let too many of those grow and seed, you'll never get rid of them.

24/10/2013 at 14:49

Thanks Nutcutlet - I'll bear that in mind re the cow parsley!

28/11/2013 at 19:36

Hi folks,

Just a little update re my wildflower garden and a couple of questions I need

to ask, as I'm still not sure what to do?

Q.1.  As we haven't had any rain for quite some time, do I need to water my

       primroses in the w.f.g. as I understand they like quite damp ground?

Q.2. I've found a packet of field poppy seeds which I've overlooked when sowing

      my wildflower seeds in October. Is it now too late to sow them - we've

      had two or three frosts, but I think that maybe poppy seeds need some

      cold weather to germinate and as I mentioned above, we haven't had rain

      so the ground is quite dry?

      Any advice gratefully received as always! 

28/11/2013 at 19:43

Hi ffb

I wouldn't water anything in the garden now. There's enough moisture to stop anything drying out. Primroses don't need boggy soil, they grow here.

I would sow the poppies, it's what they would have done themselves.

Now the apology. I haven't made you any cuttings yet, sorry. I think about it in the evenings when it's dark and forget in the daytime. 

 

28/11/2013 at 22:46

Hi Nutcutlet,

Thanks once again for your words of wisdom (I really don't know what I'd do

without you!)  Not having done anything like the w.f.g.before, I sometimes get

a bit confused as to what I should and shouldn't do, especially at this time of

the year. Please don't worry about the bay cutting Nutcutlet......honestly any

time is absolutely fine, at your convenience.  I know what you mean about the

dark evenings....it still surprises me how quickly it gets dark....haven't got tuned

into it yet!!   About 3p.m. I start thinking about giving the birds in my garden

their supper, but sometimes, I'm a few minutes late and they've all gone to bed!!

I'm going to try to PM you - it has nothing to do with gardening, but would be a

bit odd to ask on the forum!!  If I can't PM you I'll email you!

 

29/11/2013 at 12:17

You've got a PM and an email ffb

29/11/2013 at 20:16

Nutcutlet  I PMd you a while ago and immediately afterwards my computer

shut itself down (or rather Windows did, they found something wrong with it).

It's taken them all this time to correct the error, so I'm only just able to check my

emails.  Hope you get my PM o.k. as that's been acting up for me too lately!  

29/11/2013 at 20:21

Yes, it's here thank you.  You're working OK

email image
121 to 134 of 134 messages