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Plants that a rubbish for pollinators

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 14:04

I've also found Viper's Bugloss (echium vulgare) an excellent bee plant and it's flowers are blue 

Peat-free compost

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 17:20

I've been using coir mixed with John Innes No 2 at roughly half and half. I find coir retains water better than peat and the JI gives it a bit more body. The plants are growing just as well and see no need to carry on using peat.

Plants that a rubbish for pollinators

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 16:41

Regarding annuals, my blue cornflowers seem very popular. Did I read somewhere that bees only see the blue end of the spectrum?

Plants that a rubbish for pollinators

Posted: 11/07/2017 at 11:16

Firefly - if you stick with species plants as nut points out, you can't go far wrong. You can have lovely displays with hardy annuals such as cornflower, corncockle and wild poppies. You get lots of colour and the bees get their pollen 


Posted: 09/07/2017 at 22:59

Pauline, I've got two Group 2 clematis planted at the foot of an obelisk. They have been there about 15 months and made limited progress despite regular watering, mulch around them etc. Yet a Clematis Montana was planted in late April and has reached the top of a 6ft fence panel already.     

HELP! Weeds are taking over.

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 23:27

Agreed Mike, bindweed is a nightmare once it gets established, the worst weed easily in my experience.

Wildflower ID

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 22:46

I'm sure you're right nut, it looks just like true valerian. My valerian officinalis plant is about 6ft tall but it was already 2ft when I bought it. Though this year, both my foxgloves and hollyhocks are shorter than normal, I think through it being a dry year?

Plant Identity Needed Please

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 18:18

Well the seed heads are like dandelions Sloth, so the seed probably floated into your garden on the breeze 

Plant Identity Needed Please

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 22:53

I've got the smaller tragopogon pratensis with yellow flowers, or 'Jack go to bed at noon' 

Dye to prevent duckweed and algae

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 18:33

Now Victor really could moan 

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