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Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 11:53

I have plenty of peacocks here in Bedfordshire, on the buddlieja, and lots of small brown and orange butterflies (gatekeepers?) that I can't remember seeing before, a few large whites and the occasional red admiral but not a painted lady or tortoiseshell to be seen and both used to be abundant.  The bronze fennel flowers are simply covered with bees though, which hoipefully is helping to pollinate the tomatoes nearby.  Can you make bronze fennel honey I wonder?

I've also got more grasshoppers than I've ever had before - and bumped into a solitary frog by the geenhouse yesterday.

Which are the food plants for tortoiseshells and painted ladies? - I obviously need to grow some.

Star of my Summer 2014

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:49

How lovely to find somebody else with Summer Wine - it os not easy to find.

I too love this rose which now gallops across a high trellis alongside Buff Beauty.

On my plant the flowers are the colour of burgundy with amazing golden stamens and it blooms into the winter - hence Last of the Summer Wine


Identify my plant please

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:42

Just been out to photograph the lysimachia but it's definitely not that - leaves are too narrow and flowers don't have that distinctive bend at the end

I think it may have been veronica virginica alba - the leaves and height are right, and the flowers just like other veronicas, particularly the wild ones - can't verify the red stems though, but that could be due to the hot weather.....I don't think I would have hung onto it - too much leaf not enough flower

Plant IDs

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 17:35

I agree - but don't forget there are lots of different campanula's to try - have fun!

Identify my plant please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 17:31

but the picture in the RHS book looks just like that - just a suggestion

Identify my plant please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 15:14

Just looked in Christopher |Brickell - could it be epilobium augustifolium - the white willow herb?   We're all familiar with the wild rose bay willow herb and it does look similar.  He describes it as "can spread rapidly".

Plant IDs

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:58

was picture 2 a rambly climbing thing with prickles?  if so it will have had wonderful scented flowers, but the prickles get you every time if you attempt to go near it!

the lamium - aka dead nettle - should produce purple flowers, spread everywhere as groundcover, but be easily pulled up when you've had enough of it.

The campanula - if it's like mine, gets leggy after flowering.  I run my hands over ity like a comb and remove vast quantities of compostible stems, leaving a tidier mound to flower again.

Reviving a dying plant

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 11:09

some of my best and most interesting plants have arrived like this - I don't have the money to spend on expensive plants so gather seeds, take cuttings, and regularly check the chucky-out bin at the garden centre.

Keep at it - and don't worry if you are late planting - I had a wonderful crop of runner beans last year after planting seed in July when all around had planted at the right time and had little success.


Posted: 23/07/2014 at 11:04

Phillippa is right - it all depends on variety.

I have a very pretty miniature variety growing in a large tub surrounded by annuals.  My neighbours have three very tall, delicate bamboos right at the end of their garden and they are very beautiful and give a whispering sound in the breeze.  The big, chunky thick ones seem to be the most liable to be invasive - I gues the ones grown many years ago before more friendly varieties were discovered.

ID please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 10:54

the lychnis is abundant in my garden this year - it self seeds prolifically - but it often dies after flowering - easy to pull out and compost at that point and you'll have lots more where it originally grew.

The wild veronica is similar - very pretty and worthwhile if you are developing a new garden - self seeds everywhere but pulls out easily - just leave the ones you still want.

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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