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Posted: Yesterday at 14:40

I am so excited. Saw a beautiful moth in the garden this morning and have managed to identify it as a Jersey Tiger moth. Now I can say I have had a tiger in my garden!

Help with my borders please

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:43

chuck some annual seeds in now and you should have lots of flowers this summer - poppies, cosmos, whatever you fancy! You should have a riot of colour for a few pence. You could also sow some perennial seeds like aquilegias and they will flower next summer, also biennials like foxgloves. You're so lucky - I have to rely on perennials as annuals never get enough sun to get going in my mainly shady garden. And lurk around the "plant rescue" stands in the garden centres, B&Q and supermarkets. Look for shrubs and perennials that will come back next year. the discount stores often have bargain plants too. Good luck!

Rain gardens

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 21:53

a programme I watched recently was talking about something similar, gardens helping reduce run-off in particular - it was part of an episode of a series I think called the Water Men/ think it was on BBC about a fortnight ago. they featured a garden somewhere doing exactly what you say. Might be worth trying to find on i-player? I found it a really interesting concept myself!


Help with my borders please

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 21:03

for winter interest some flowering shrubs to consider: daphne (absolutely heavenly scent in Jan/ Feb), maybe a witch hazel, cornus (for the brightly coloured stems, will probably look fab in your sunny border), there are some lovely hebes with coloured leaves - heartbreaker has lovely pink and purple leaves and doesn't grow too big, euonymus is another good "do-er" with attractive foliage. I'm sure others can make some great suggestions. I can also recommend Carex Evergold, which is a sedge (technically). Basically a grassy type plant with nice silvery and green striped leaves. Plays a supporting role in the summer when other stars of the border take over but in winter when everything is a bit drab it looks great. I have lots of it, all divisions from one plant, which I've planted throughout my border to link all the different plants together. Grows in full sun or shade. You have so much to choose from!

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 20:54

yes most have survived but might have to pretend others are a new variety..."broderie anglaise" , I'll say 

Help with my borders please

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 20:38

ooh you lucky thing. Lots of perennials love sun: salvias, asters, rudbeckia to name but a few. Plus grasses of all kinds. For winter interest probably best to get some shrubs in - there are many that flower in winter. And irises would love the sun, although you are probably looking at next year now for flowering. You could probably buy some that have gone over at half price this year for a fantastic show next year. The plant I bought my Mum for her sunny border - a "rescue" buy last year - is flowering profusely this year and the envy of her neighbours! As Flowering Rose suggests, have a look at some gardens........ and isn't there a big flower show this month?

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 20:32

grrr. I grow my hostas in pots, with copper tape, in drip trays with a constant moat of water in them, with crushed eggshells as a mulch, away from any overhanging vegetation .... and STILL some wily mollusc has managed to munch them. Must be coming in by parachute.

Just waiting.......

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 20:28

I'm waiting for my sweet pea "Cupani" to cover the obelisk around which  I've planted them, for my free-with-GW poppies to germinate and hopefully flower and for the singly bud on my peony (first in five years!) to open! It is a fantastic spring

A couple of plant I.D's please

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 18:11

number 2 looks very like my geranium palmatum - not like other hardy geraniums, has shiny leaves that stay on the plant all winter. If it is, it will grow very big and you will get one big stalk that then have lots of shoots with pink or white geranium flowers. Quite spectacular but takes up a lot of space 1m/ 1m. Could just be Herb Robert though as Nut says!  I suggest you pot up these unidentified plants and see what they do - could be a pleasant surprise, but if it is Herb Robert, get rid of it as it is a prolific self-seeder and prone to take over

A couple of plant I.D's please

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 18:06

first seedling might be a nicotiana silvestris (tobacco plant) seedling. They're usually that colour - slightly furry to touch? If so, lovely plant but you'll want to move it as it will grow very tall

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