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growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 22:46

Hi Nutcutlet,

Thanks once again for your words of wisdom (I really don't know what I'd do

without you!)  Not having done anything like the w.f.g.before, I sometimes get

a bit confused as to what I should and shouldn't do, especially at this time of

the year. Please don't worry about the bay cutting Nutcutlet......honestly any

time is absolutely fine, at your convenience.  I know what you mean about the

dark still surprises me how quickly it gets dark....haven't got tuned

into it yet!!   About 3p.m. I start thinking about giving the birds in my garden

their supper, but sometimes, I'm a few minutes late and they've all gone to bed!!

I'm going to try to PM you - it has nothing to do with gardening, but would be a

bit odd to ask on the forum!!  If I can't PM you I'll email you!


growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 19:36

Hi folks,

Just a little update re my wildflower garden and a couple of questions I need

to ask, as I'm still not sure what to do?

Q.1.  As we haven't had any rain for quite some time, do I need to water my

       primroses in the w.f.g. as I understand they like quite damp ground?

Q.2. I've found a packet of field poppy seeds which I've overlooked when sowing

      my wildflower seeds in October. Is it now too late to sow them - we've

      had two or three frosts, but I think that maybe poppy seeds need some

      cold weather to germinate and as I mentioned above, we haven't had rain

      so the ground is quite dry?

      Any advice gratefully received as always! 


Posted: 25/11/2013 at 19:26

Hi Allotmentmad,

Just to let you know that for the first time in my life I have managed to keep

 my Pointsettia from last Christmas.  I've kept it on a sunny window ledge

all summer and have made sure it never dried out and then when the days

started getting shorter this autumn I've kept putting it in a spare bedroom where

it is completely dark until daylight dawns the following day,when I then transfer

it back to the sunny window ledge.   I now have lots of tiny red bracts forming

on it, which is lovely.  I think it may be a little late to be fully red by Christmas

this year, but at least it's still alive and showing signs of being a proper

Pointsettia again!!  Hope this helps you......don't give up.....I've tried this

several times before, but have never been successful before.

  p.s.  I think I probably followed the thread Dove mentions above, but haven't

time to check at present!  If so, I know I found it very helpful, so give it a go!



Can you get a Bay Plant?

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 20:48

Nutcutlet just to let you know I emailed you back yesterday!

Talkback: Winter flowers and bumblebees

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 21:17

Thanks Flowering Rose.....Thought I'd sent this earlier to you....too

much red wine again!!

Can you get a Bay Plant?

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:34

Thanks again Flowering Rose and thanks also Nutcutlet - Just going to find

your email!  

Can you get a Bay Plant?

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 14:07

I'm not sure what time of the year Chriss2 took her cuttings Nutcutlet,but

don't risk spoiling your tree by pruning it when it's too cold.  Next Autumn

will be fine and thank you very much for the offer - we'll just have to remember !!!???


Talkback: Winter flowers and bumblebees

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 14:00

Are you still seeing bumblebees O ldchippy?  I haven't seen any since the

first frost here and I don't think I have any hibernating in my bee box .

Can you get a Bay Plant?

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 13:47

Thanks a lot folks!  Nutcutlet if you have any to spare I would love one - my

flowers/shrubs/trees/etc. are all named after the people who gave them to

me and I have to say the predominant name in my garden is definitely Nutcutlet! !

Bay trees have always been a favourite and I use lots of bay leaves when

cooking - would love to have one to tie a red ribbon onto at Christmas - it looks

so festive!!  


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 10:35

Lyn did you get yours from T & M and were they wild bluebells or cultivated?

I'm just wondering as if mine are cultivated bulbs, maybe they won't work

in my wildflower garden as the soil is so poor.

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