Adam Young

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Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:59

I've been reading on tree spacings, nothing helpful has come up, but a couple of places have recommended 3m apart. Does anyone know if this is for woodland trees only (smaller ones) or can this be used for, let's say, a malus, (Golden Hornet) a Sorbus, Prunus, etc...

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Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:57

Welshonion, would it not at least tempt birds into the garden as perching space? I think with the size of my garden I'm not going to be able to do much else, other than have a place birds can perch and fly down to the feeders and use as cover from predators.

Ideally I'd have Sorbus', Alders, (highly toxic to have with children and a dog) Hazel, Birch, Malus', Ilex's, Crataegus, Etc, but I have to work with what I have.

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Posted: 22/09/2014 at 21:36

Prunus looks great and Crocus is local to me, so could be a good option. I'm tempted by a Malus and 'Golen Hornet' is one of two I'm considering at the moment. Have looked at Sorbus vilmorinii, but it says it's 5m x 5m, which tends to be the size for most of the small trees on Crocus. I wonder if it's a case of popping them in and seeing what happens.

Hedges - I'd love a hedge, but our dog was attacked by our previous neighbours dog, and the new neighbours also have dogs, and where as before our dog didn't mind, now he's very scared and I fear would attack, so a hedge is a no go unfortunately, that and I've only just replaced the fencing after this years storm.

Please keep the advice coming, it's been really helpful so far.

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Posted: 21/09/2014 at 22:28

I have a really narrow garden at 16' wide and am struggling with suitable trees for a wildlife garden. My border to the right of the path is 1.2m wide and backs on to a fence, so I'm massively restricted there, though it is the sunny side of the garden. The left side of the path is probably only 3m wide and I have it all lawn as I have a child and a dog. I'm getting really fed up, because whenever I see 'Ideal tree for a small garden' headlines, I look at the size and they are generally no smaller than 5m x 10m. That's as wide as my entire garden!

Has any one got any advice please because I'm really struggling to think what I can put in, as even Sorbus trees tend to be about 4m+ wide.

Running the gauntlet

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:22

Cheers Fairygirl, that's true and good advice, but this is the only path in the garden and it really has got very tight with plants spilling over, so, I think though the teaching of bees is something I want to do, I'm also aware that he's not even one yet and will have bees around him before I can even teach him how lovely they are. Plus, I have a golden retriever that tries to nip at them every now and then and I can see him getting stung!

Why so few insects this year?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 13:43

Absolutely loads of honey bees at the moment, their focus being Allium Sphearocephalon, (purple and green drumstick one) Geranium 'Rozanne,' Stachys byzantina 'Big ears,' and Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna.' Bumble bees are less fussy and seem to go whereever they will and at a much slower pace.

Hoverflies are everywhere and so many different types, from minute ones, to great big almost bee looking ones. They love the flat headed flowers and fennel/dill type flowers.

We've also had lots and lots of verious flies in the garden, very small ones, green backed ones and lots of small black beetles.

Unfortunately, we've had more aphids than I can cope with. I leave them, but it has been at the expense of all my Lupins, which I have now thrown on the composter. Alarmingly, given the amount of aphids, there have been next to no ladybirds. I know there are some, because I've seen the odd larvea here and there in my garden, but they tend to be attacked in rapid time by the ants who are farming the aphids.

I would say bee-wise, we're doing well in my garden as I've catered for them, but the lack of butterflies is frightening. I can see no reason why we're not getting them, but we're not; not even on the Buddleias or Verbena Bonariensis.

Running the gauntlet

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 13:28

Agree with the humming, definitely a lovely sound, unless of course you've got to walk through those busy bees, then I definitely go slowly! On the note of buzzing bees, I'm gona have to do something as I have a little one and a dog, so I don't want them getting stung, so will have to change the garden to make it safer.

Forgot about the Verbena Bonariensis. I've got it in a lovely spot at quite a size, but again, not really attracting anything, and I can't for the life of me work out why it has hardly any visitors. D'you think it might be that there is so much other stuff for the insects that they're just focusing on certain plants and leaving ones they would normally go for?

Running the gauntlet

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 10:15

For those interested in plants for bees, hover flies and butterflies, I thought I'd share what works in my garden.

Allium Sphaerocephalon has at least 3 honey bees per head!

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna,' though not as many bees as last year.

Stachys byzantina 'Big ears' this is smothered with all manner of bees and hover flies, a definite favourite. Moths love this as well.

Digitalis (Foxgloves) of any kind are always great.

Allium Cristophii was smothered in bees.

Erysium 'Bowles Mauve' is currently the most visited of butterflies, but I am genuinely concerned at the lack of butterflies given how many plants I have for them, I really should have more, but then again, you can't attract what's not there.

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty,' Eryngium 'Big Blue and Saphire Blue,' Sedums of any kind, Lupins, Geranium 'Rozanne,' and the Agastaches 'Black Adder' and 'Blue Fortune' are all great plants.

Some I'm surprised with, for the lack of visits so far, are, Centranthus ruber 'Coccinea' (I thought butteflies would love it) Hesperis matronalis 'Alba' (though I know the moths like it) all 3 of my Buddleia buzz varieties (I haven't seen a single butterfly on them) Lavandula 'Hidcote,' Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue,' Achillea 'Moonshine,' Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign,' and possibly some more.

Any way, be interesting to hear about your own gardens and observations.

Oh, nearly forgot, the title is how it feels going up my narrow path with all the bees either side of it, it really is humming aloud with insects and the honey bees, bumble bees and hoverflies are there in mass, it really is scary at times. Butterflies though, where are they?


Posted: 10/01/2014 at 09:09

Sungold, by Thompson & Morgan, from seed. They are a cherry tomato, with good acidity and grow prolifically. I have grown them both in the greenhouse and outside, doing very well outside (though blight got them the third time outside).

I would recommend growing them in grow bags with grow pots inserted. They have an outer reservoir which make watering and feeding easier, avoids splashes on the foliage and helps prevent fruit from splitting, though if you grow this variety, you'll have so many, you won't mind a few split ones, just eat them straight away, which you'll want to do any way!

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 09:06

Probably a sales ploy. Companies by law have to sell something at a set price for 3 months before they can call it a sale. So, for example, a company wants to sell their greenhouse at £1500, but they start off selling it at £2000, (knowing all along that it's only really worth £1500) and then it miraculously appears after 3 months with the 25% off offer! Who can resist?

Will come back with price, am at work and can't remember off top of my head.

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