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Shrubs for birds' nests/cover

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 12:30

forgot to mention Mahonia Charity (or similar) - this is absolutely a must have in my garden.  The flowers are scented and loved by blue tits who fill the bush for a good feed, and then these are followed by berries which the blackbirds love - they bring their babies and teach them how to eat them.  I cut out the tallest branch each year to encourage it to make young growth lower down.

Shrubs for birds' nests/cover

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:24

We have goldfinches nesting in the wisteria trained on the house wall.

 

Hollies need a male and a female and the names can be deceptive - Silver King is female!  But the birds do love it, with or without berries.

Dying Dicentra

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:18

Leave the flower head on and it may self-seed.

Is this one of our stinging nettle plants???

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:14

Yes, the rampant stachys - the roots spread along just below the surface so to try to dig along the root to eradicate, otherwise you will end up with little plants popping up a short distance away from the original, and it will keep spreading, like butteercups do.

What to plug a hole in the garden with???

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:11

Ramblers can be very rampant - you'd end up not able to see out of the window!  If you want a climber you will need to put in wires above the window to train it along.  Have a think about it though - the thorns can be lethal,. and there is nothing there in the winter.  Clematis might be more amenable - the spring flowering ones are wonderful as early as Februray.  You'd need to add loads of compost and give some water in a hot summer.

Garden Centre Bargains

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:35

Bowl containing three good sized osteopremums for a £1 and a large argyranthemum marked down from 12.99 to £1.  I'm not complainging!

Is Jerre Schwarz an acer then?

Neonic pesticides

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:30

thanks for the link Val - what is this country coming to? Lifting a ban the rest of Europe sees as important, and just when we are all trying to encourage more bees.

I dispair.

Yet another plant ID

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:26

I agree - if the flower spike is purple.  If it open creamy white buttons then it's definitely a weed.  No good at names!

Fencing alternatives - Ivy?

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:22

wow!  such a lot been said already.  We had a problem with fencing blowing down every October, so replaced with a low chain link fence (that would keep the dog safe) and holly - mainly green, but some variegated.  This has completely obscured the chain link and is a haven for birds as well as a wonderful backdrop to all other planting.  Pruning/trimming is done in November/December, providing the base of several holly wreaths - and surplus is put in a box on the pavement outside with an invitation to "help yourself". It does not grow all that quickly, but should give you adequate cover inside three years.  Choose several varieties carefully if you want berries as you need both a male and female plant. 

 

foxglove and delphiniums

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:04

PC - love demolitions - so do the slugs!  I planted my delphinium seeds in the spring and now have three dozen plants in individual pots, but outside in watering trays.  They are growing well, but I keep them well watered.  A daily slug trawl seems essential - checking under the pots and in the watering trays - what a hassle.  Anyone got any ideas on that?

Foxgloves are pretty hardy - I wouldn't plant them out just yet unless you can water them frequently - they need dampish soil to get their roots down - but they should be fine planted in the autumn.

 

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