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Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 20:31

 Just to say,  sorry I  hijacked this thread Jim Macd - I promise I won't do

it again and will use my own thread in future.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:49

Thank you  Dove and Meercat - I need all the help I can get as things

keep popping up and I haven't a clue what they are.  Lovely to be back

on the forum after a long absence!  I'm really sorry about the photos -

I'm rubbish at photography , but will try to do better next time! 


Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:40

Thanks Nutcutlet - I'll get seeds for you from the salad burnet as soon as

I think they're ready.   In picture No. 2 it's the ones in front of the corn marigold.

Little velvety brown cones surrounded at the base by pretty tiny little frilly (flowers?)!!  They have very sturdy long, thin, dark green leaves.

They are really different - I love them but don't know what they are!  As for No 3 -

Will this go rampant or can I control it quite well?  I do like it and can get you

some of this too when it seeds it you want.  


Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:23

That is really beautiful - native wild cowslip or whatever!  

Whilst on the subject of ID please could anyone tell me the names

of the three species of wildflowers which have popped up in my

wildflower garden uninvited, but nevertheless very welcome!!  Hoping

I can post these photos as I haven't tried it in a while!!  Thanks for

any help you can give in advance.  



 Sorry these pictures aren't very close up - maybe you could zoom in

to see them better.  I would really like to know if I should keep them

for the butterflies/bees or discard them as weeds and a nuisance.

The top one is really weird - not really a flower but a cluster of

little nobbles (a bit like an unripe blackberry on a long stalk, but pink)

the second one is in front of the corn marigold in the foreground and has

dark brown little cones surrounded at the base by tiny little white frilly

things which I can't really describe as flowers either!   The last one is

pinkish purple flowers growing in a mass on sprawling stems with alternate

green leaves.  Hope this helps as it sounds rather vague! 

Where are YOU?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 22:37

Hi - I've not posted for quite a while, but have enjoyed reading about

all the different locations people are from.  I'm from Christchurch

Dorset, which has been very windy today - in fact, too windy to plant

out the tender young wildflower plants I've been nurturing for weeks!

Wishing you all a lovely Spring and happy gardening!




Waterlogged veg patch

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:25

Hi - I know this is about veg. but hope you won't mind if I ask about my wildflower

garden as that is pretty waterlogged too.   I've not been well with a persistent

virus for a few weeks, so hadn't been able to check up on what's been going on

outdoors for a while.  Today I was a bit horrified to find that lots of the things I

was hoping would survive because of the mild winter, have in fact disappeared -

some of them have been eaten and others, I think, have given up the ghost with

all the rain.  Can't see it being sensible to sow any wildflower seeds until it

dries up?  Would be grateful for advice!  Nutcutlet I'm about to PM you!  

Talkback: Valerian

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 22:30

I'm trying to get a clump of it established in my wildflower garden - it's so pretty

as well as being great for the wildlife.

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 23:28

Nutcutlet - I've emailed you as I've had a phone call from my sister which

has rather changed things with regard to you posting the bay to me.  Please

could you read it a.s.a.p. and let me know what you think.  Just having an early

night tonight so will look to see if you've got my email first thing tomorrow.

Sorry about this!

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 21:08

Hi everyone - I had exactly the same problem you are having last year and

in the end gave up. I never was sure whether my count reached RSPB on line,

but this year they sent me the form to fill in through the post without me asking

them to.  Honestly I think it's the easiest option in this case - maybe you will

all receive them in the post next year too!

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 20:00

Wow Nutcutlet - that is amazing - wish I had all those birds in my garden,

but that's the price I pay for living in suburbia I suppose.  I have three dunnocks

in my garden, but they didn't make an appearance when I did my count, nor

did the two collared doves, though they come nearly every day.   Does anyone

else get really worried when regular birds don't appear?  I find myself looking

out of the window every half hour of the day, I get so worried a cat or hawk has

got them!  Higgy - just realised you live on the Levels - hope you're O.K. and

wonder if you can tell me where the 2 million starlings in your vicinity are going

to roost with the Levels flooded.

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