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Posted: 11/05/2014 at 16:07

Mrs Garden - that little mouse has been living there for ages, and before that it's mummy and daddy were living there, and their parents before them - and they've never done anyone any harm and they're not going to start now.

They're little field mice - there's probably a little family of them in your garden just like there is in mine - sometimes I see one or two of them and they stay stock still and look at me and shiver 'cos I'm big and scary, and I stay stock still and look at them because they're absolutely fascinating 

Anyone want a piece of cake?


lunaria annua?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:58

Did it look like this Rosemummy?

 Sweet rocket (hesperis matronalis) bashed by the rain 

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:44

You got there before me Nut - Keble Martin agrees with you - Sanguisorba minor. 

That looks like a good native wildflower mix 

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:32

The third one is Common Fumitory 

The second one shows what could be Corn Marigold but looks more like Hawkbit, Ribwort Plantain and Red Campion.  I can't zoom in on them.

The first one shows some White Campion and something else I don't recognise - I shall consult my Keble Martin but hopefully someone else will recognise it ........ 

Help needed with Portuguese Laurel

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 13:42

I suspect that soft new growth has been frosted  - although laurel is frost hardy, new growth is susceptible to low temperatures and drying winds.  

It will grow new shoots, to replace the ones lost.  

I'd give the hedge a dose of Fish, Blood & Bone (follow directions on the pack) this is a slow-acting fertiliser which will replenish the energy the plants will use to grow the additional shoots, without encouraging soft  growth which will be vulnerable.

Replacing a leylandii hedge

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 13:02

Oooh a substantial holly hedge - what a lovely thought 


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 12:10

Hello Matty   Glad you enjoyed the show 

I've given up waiting for a dry spell - I've been out in the rain and sown my Buerre de Roquencourt beans - at least they'll be well watered in - two double rows.  While I was there I cut some Purple Sprouting Broc for supper - might as well get wet just the once 


A colony of bees have taken

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 12:01

I think it's likely that these are Tree Bumble bees - they have a prominent white or buff tail and often build nests in birdboxes.  We've had several nests in and around our garden in the past couple of years.  Last year our next door neighbour had two nests in his roof eaves.  They do lots of good in the garden and are fascinating to watch.  They perform an aerial 'dance' around the entrance to the nest.   They don't swarm like honeybees and although quite active they are not aggressive unless threatened.  We've certainly had no problems with them at all. 

They are among the first bees to be out and about in the spring, and are really good pollinators for fruit trees - I also found them pollinating my raspberries and beans - I'm very pleased to see them in the garden.   

Lots of fascinating information here,_Bombus_hypnorum.pdf 


plants for damp soil

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 11:52

Astilbes will also love this spot  as will Rodgersia aesculifolia - the latter is a gorgeous large leaved.plant that looks really striking and it has a beautiful plume of creamy scented flowers 

Neither of these show up on a list of toxic plants as far as I can see. 

Wildflower id

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 11:12

The flowers and the leaves look like alkanet to me.

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