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Plant ID

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 12:22

I saw this shrub/tree at Stowe Gardens, it had a lovely scent and I would love to know what it is?


Cats have killed all my frogs

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 12:18

This sounds like the work of a fox, not a cat. Foxes are very determined, one even pulled out the Barley straw from my pond and scattered it around the lawn. One even dug his teeth into the lining resulting in a hole, they never give up when seeking out  prey.   

meadow turf

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 11:47

Two links of companies that have featured on TV which will give you a good idea on how to get started.


Seed companies

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 14:38

I've recently seeded a mini-meadow from seed growers on Ebay, I have ordered from them before so I know they are reliable and if I am looking for something unusual I always look there first. My bulbs have come from Wilkinsons as well as garden centres.


Posted: 24/09/2012 at 14:22

The way I take cuttings from Buddleja is to snip off 10 inch hardwood stems (do a few) and cut just below a leaf bud. I put the cuttings in one of my planted pots and just leave them there until Spring when they should have rooted. It’s always been successful doing it this way and I have never used hormone rooting liquid.

I've always grown Buddleja and in my experience in the first year they suit pots beautifully but two years on and they will definitely need to be planted in the ground. 

wild life in the park

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 10:00

Hi flowering rose. Kingfishers are certainly very shy of people and what a treat, I'm still trying to get a pic of a Kingfisher to add to my growing Flickr pics. Where is the town you are referring to?


Posted: 24/09/2012 at 09:54

I have three Buddleja 'buzz' and in the write-up it says they are ideal for container planting, I don't agree with this and they are far better planted in the ground, so you are definitely doing the right thing.  Mine have grown to 5ft and are still in flower, very important to deadhead too. 

I have another that is just really a cutting, about 10inches tall with four big flowers and still making more budds.  It's in a clay pot but I'm not sure whether to leave it there during Winter or plant it in the ground now.  Just to say they are a fantastic species of Buddleja and because they are head height, all the better for seeing the butterflies that love them.

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 12:58
Alina W wrote (see)

One thing, Gracie - many hardy annuals don't like being moved, but should be sown in situ. Poppies are a good example.

Thanks, Alina. It's the wildflower 'small scabious' that has germinated in a pot and I expect it is one of those flowers that would prefer to be scattered where it is to flower.  I've already scattered some in the meadow but will enjoy experimenting with the little seedlings that have germinated.

id help

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 09:12

What I would suggest Newby2012 is to post another pic when the flowers are more visable.  It just looks like a picture of a weed to me!

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 09:04

Your replies have given me more confidence. I have sown a small meadow with hardy annuals and perennials but kept half of the seeds to sow next Spring in case I lose some in a harsh Winter.  I have some hardy annuals germinated in a small pot which I will pot on when they are big enough.  Thanks for the very helpful replies.  

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