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What new plants will you be trying?

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 12:55

Garden mint - I've reserved three quarters of the garden for it 

England rugby

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 00:04


England rugby

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 23:55

Hostafan - I'm in total agreement with you. If a nuclear war were to happen tomorrow (providing anyone survived), priority cases for medical treatment (given by doctors) would be farmers,builders, doctors (again), nurses etc and any other profession likely to build any kind of society from the ashes.

Sports stars? They'd be among the last to be treated along with estate agents and traffic wardens.

Where to buy native plants/seeds?

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 20:28

I don't think there's any plant racism going on here and we are all free to choose what we grow in our gardens. As I've stated, I've got cosmos growing in my tubs outside the back door. Zinnia too...mimulus and lobelia cardinalis in the pond.

I think the point trying to be made is what is native through the eyes of a caterpillar, rather than relating to the cultural and historical influences of us humans. I don't think there's many European moths or butterflies that use cosmos as the host plant for their larvae, I may be wrong.


Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 19:52

Marc - thank you so much for the seeds...and the extra ones  Very much appreciated.

Where to buy native plants/seeds?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 23:54

I totally agree nut. While I continue to grow some tender annuals like cosmos in tubs near the house, I'm trying to grow more native wildflowers particularly with host plant/moth and butterfly larvae in mind.

After all, plants native to these islands have evolved alongside the insects they play host to. But...non natives can indeed provide nectar by the bucketful, buddleja for instance and the aforementioned lavender 

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 21:21

Glad to hear Jo and nut 

Against all logic.......

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 19:44

I'm learning quite quickly that some decisions I make are those calculated risks while others are stupid ones.

Other times events don't always follow the textbook anyway. Last winter I left two lobelia cardinalis in their baskets in the pond to overwinter. I knew at the time I was supposed to lift them out and place under protection but gambled. One died but the other has survived and now looks very healthy 

Silly me

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 19:18

pansyface  I'm glad to know its not just me then. What us gardeners need is one of those leather apron thingys that carpenters use 


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