Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:53
Good news, Akebia fans. The flowers are falling away, but parts remain. If you look at the pictures (over in Camera Corner) you can see two kinds of flower, small ones with "bunched fingers" and large ones with "splayed tubes" in them. The "splayed tubes" are still on the stems, and some of them are looking swollen. I think those larger flowers are the female ones and the swelling tubes are future fruit.
Justin Doherty2, if you want honeysuckle cuttings (hoverflies love it) you're welcome to come round and prune the sodding thing. Start at the road and work your way back towards the fence.
I think that's the only wildlife-friendly one I've got, really. Some of the others are wonderful pollinator food but they're all bulbs and don't really do cuttings well. I suppose I could clone the pyracantha, as blackbirds seem to like the berries ... or the elder for the same reason. Actually, you're in luck there as I have a few spare elder saplings I could probably part with. Care to come round and dig 'em up?
What else have I got that wildlife likes? Brambles! They're great for voles and dormice. Mm-hm. Probably most easily acquired by gathering fruit from various vines (you want genetic diversity, after all), feeding them to the school's gerbils or lab rats, then planting their droppings. Apart from that ... dry sticks. Every good garden should have a big heap of dry sticks somewhere for shelter. Also nettles, which are the food plant for peacock butterflies. I have those. I'm doing my part for the species, you know!
This week's reason to look askance at Royal Mail: the cheque for quite a lot of money, payable to me, with holes burned in it by a malfunction in their machinery.