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Photos of grassy bits ,please verdun.
If the perennial dies down completely, eg to a bulb or rootstock like a canna or hemerocallis, then you can mulch over it. If it only dies to a rosette at the base, then keep mulch out of the crown or centre of it.
My squirrels like crocus bulbs best, followed by camellia flowers.
Foxgloves are biennials, and are hardy. Get them in their final positions now, and they will grow a bit before it gets really cold, and then start again in spring.
It will flower next june on the new wood, and then prune it hard. take out a third of the old wood, down to the base.
We have lots of honeybees on the ivy at the mo, I think we are too far north for ivybees.
Was he still in nappies?
I think he got the message finally.
I hope you've got a big freezer Berghill.
Or are you making cider?
For organic, you just have to pick the larvae off by hand. The plant will recover. Encourage the blue tits with fat balls.