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Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:20

Do you mean shield bugs KEF?

Yet another mystery plant

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:08

I love bronze fennel - the flower heads are lovely. They make a good plant even in the middle of a herbaceous border because they're 'wispy' and contrast nicely with other, more solid, foliage. 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:47

I love ground beetles 

Dove's advice is spot on. They're our friends in the garden.

design required please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:46

I know you're wanting perennials Grant but a few well chosen evergreen shrubs will give the area some definition over winter too. A couple of obelisks  (or even tripods of canes)  in the middle somewhere, or along the fence, with sweet peas or clematis growing up them would give some height. Try and avoid having the plants all the same sizes. Acteas (cimcifuga)  will also give height and late colour in that aspect  

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:41

Bergenia Dove?

ID if poss please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:35

I'd agree with Pete but it's a bit hard to tell when it's so close up Alan. Can you get a longer view of it at all?


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:33

I've not got it ighten...barely into double digits here  

Start praying now wand is no match for the Saturday forecast. Where I am is apparently the only place getting rain on Sunday - a nice big blob of blue on the radar south of Glasgow...

Exciting MrsG - but scary too. We're here to give you a bit of banter to keep the spirits up. Verdun might even trot out some of his quality jokes. 

Overwintering plants

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 07:43

I think it's a judgement call Hogweed. With long cold, wet winters and heavy soil up here, I'd keep anything a bit on the small side under cover and plant out in the spring when it's stronger . If they're going into a well prepared, well draining sheltered spot you could plant out anything of a reasonable size. I always like to have my plants of a decent size before I plant them out. 

What are the best white flowers for bees and butterflies??

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 07:30

I inherited  a couple of cotoneasters here- the flowers aren't even open yet but they're 'humming' with bees. The blackies love the berries later too so it's a very useful shrub even if it's not the most spectacular.


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 07:26

Morning Dove and Clari 

Some of mine were slightly later varieties chick, but it does show how different conditions and locations can alter what we do in our gardens. I'm  about 700' above sea level which also makes a difference. I've only just removed crocus foliage and some of it is still green 

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