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Plants for wildlife

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:17

Hi there - no butterflies of late where I am in Lincolnshire - quite a few in the heat of March but I think the rain and cooler temperatures have seen them off. Plenty of bees though as many people nearby keep honey bees and many bumble bees have been evident - all seem very active in the evening - even today after the flash flooding.  

The buddleis are definitely butterfly magnets and so hopefully, once temperatures pick up and the flowers appear the butterflies will "come out to play" !!!

As has been said, your efforts will not have been wasted as plants/shrubs will establish themselves this year and go from strength to strength in future years 

Happy gardening !!

Feeding tomatoes with powdered milk

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:00

Hi nigelw - must say I've not come across this before but would be interested in what others have to say as not only do I have plenty of powdered milk it's also cheaper than tomato feed !!!  Would also like to know of dilution rates, if applicable 

What was the name of that lovely plant

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:57

Hi everyone - my sweet rocket seeds which germinated last year flowered recently - some are still in flower and the evening fragrance is lovely. Mine are mostly lilac/light purple in colour and I'm going to see how they grow next year as well as letting some go to seed.  Also, bees seem to like the flowers and perhaps butterflies might if the weather were a bit warmer !!! 


Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:53

Hi there !!  For the first time I have grown geraniums from seed this year and they are now outside at 3/4ins in height so I'm pleased to read that they will flower this year. I'll bring them inside for winter and hope to keep them growing/take cuttings for next year depending on what I think of the flower colours/type.  I only have about 12 !!! 

Invasion of the slippery slugs

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 17:59

Hi again - forgot to mention the plastic bottles which I seem to be growing in the garden - was reminded of this when I wandered around the garden this morning !!!

I'm growing a clematis and an annual climber through plastic bottles at the moment as both were attacked by slugs/snails but some foliage remained and both seem to be recovering at the moment. I also tried the bottles and parts of them for newly emerging leaves of echinacea a few weeks ago - they also worked well in parts - I think it depends whether or not the slugs are in the ground near to the leaves so that when I push the bottle perimeter into the ground it's not acting as a barrier. Still any that survive is better than none.

I'm wondering, given what you say Allymc about the coffee grounds, whether I've been too sparing in my application and hence, unsuccessful - I try not to drink too much coffee these days !!  

Plant identified by Alina W about to flower (epiphyllum)

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 23:54

What a trip down memory lane !!!!

Let me explain !!  The photo of the plant on the link looks virtually identical to a plant which I used to care for in an office in which I worked during the 1970s !! I regarded the plant itself as quite ugly - certainly nothing to look at with long, lank sharpish leaves .... BUT the flowers - so beautiful - red - such a contrast to the leaves !! I managed to identify it as an epiphyllium and took greater care of it from then on - I left it behind when I moved on and had forgotten all about it until coming across this post.

Thanks for the memories, as they say. 

Enjoy it when it flowers and what an achievement for you to have the plant in the family for such a length of time - you have obviously beeen doing all the right things 



Invasion of the slippery slugs

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 23:36

Hi susan howard2 - there seem to be several postings at the moment about slugs and snails - the devastation they cause and their use as a food source for some birds, hedgehogs and other wildlife - mostly the former I think !!! They do seem to be thriving this year given the rain, rain and then more rain !!

We have a very varied wildlife environment in and around our garden but the natural predators seem to be unable to deal with the large slug/snail population of this year !!

It's very disheartening when established plants are eaten away and most of my annual seedlings have disappeared overnight this year - I almost lost 2 whole packets of delphinium seedlings before I could rescue them and move them indoors. My salad leaf crop is a midnight feast for the creatures !!

Anyway, enough of this rambling !!! Sorry to say that I do not have any perfect remedy for protecting seedlings/plants from attack - have tried several but none totally effective !!!! Sorry !!! Crushed eggshells, coffee grounds, pellets, vaseline around tops of plant pots, red leaved plants etc etc have not been effective. Have yet to try beer/cider traps, salt, bran etc.

But ... I have read a few articles recently about homemade garlic sprays for leaves which protect them from slugs/snails - I do intend trying this out as I've found that growing garlic around roses for the past 2 years seems to have prevented aphid attacks. In addition, the roses don't seem prone to viral infection. Although I do know that slugs/snails climb I'm also growing dahlias in hanging baskets so that at least I may see some flowers this year !!

Don'y know how helpful this posting is but like you I'll be interested in the experiences of other forumites.

Happy gardening !!! 

ID of plant

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 23:15

Hi there - looks like a "caper" spurge to me - euphorbia lathyris. The ones I have in the garden have leaves at regular intervals at right angles to each other. The "flowers"/bracts are pretty insignificant, in my opinion, but the bees seem to love it !! It's a biennual and has self seeded readily but not as invasive as other euphorbias that I have come across. Although a common name is caper it's NOT edible and care should be taken as mentioned with the sap etc - all parts of the plant, including the root are, I believe, poisonous. From memory I think that the seed pods once formed are "explosive" when pressed hence, can self-seed some distance from the parent plant. 

I'm not particularly fond of euphorbias but this is one which I do allow to grow in the graden !! 


Posted: 19/06/2012 at 18:22

Hi sotongeoff - many thanks for taking the trouble - and so quickly - to find the packet and accessing the photo - the flowers do look lovely - will definitely be looking for seeds but could be tempted if I see a plant for sale first !!! 


Posted: 19/06/2012 at 17:42

Wow - lovely photos - nothing like my ones which are still in bud !!!!! If they ever break into flower will have to post some photos.

I've found the seed packet and they are ligtu hybrids. Having measured from soil to top of flower cluster they are 15ins/38cms. The slugs/snails seemed to like the seedling leaves and then the new growth this spring but as has been said the plants do seem to outgrow the attacks - thankfully !!

I'm interested to know what the taller ones are so that I can look out for them as plants or seeds.

Many thanks. 

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