Latest posts by Gracie5

Buying spring bulbs online

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 11:17

I find any bulbs from Taylors (a Lincolnshire company) are always good. Most garden centres stock them.  I have ordered online from 'Garden4less' and have been very pleased with my purchases.

Leucanthemum 'Broadway Lights'

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 09:33

Does anyone have any experience of this plant, should it be treated as an annual? I am about to dig up one from last year which has performed bady this year, and another has died.  They look so beautiful in the garden centre in their pots, should I leave them there?

Mystery Purchase- Beautiful..dusky maroon umbels

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 18:05

Yes, that's the one. Mine is growing very tall and upright as in the picture.

Mystery Purchase- Beautiful..dusky maroon umbels

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 12:17

It also looks very similar to Euportorium Maculatum.


Posted: 21/08/2012 at 12:07

Monarda's are not the most attractive of plants. I have 'Mohawk' which is a strong grower with the cutest of scruffy looking flower heads, it comes back year after year, I love it!!  Heleniums are just a great all rounder, all of them attractive and long flowering, no garden should be without them.

Beware of

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 10:27

I manage to find a lot of the more unusual plants I need for wildlife gardening on Ebay, there are some good honest fellow gardener's selling good quality plants and seeds. Just make sure you read the review ratings before you buy. 


Posted: 21/08/2012 at 10:18

Gary, That is definitely a Brimstone, beautiful pics.

From the experience of two wildlife gardening people I know off and reading up on the subject, there is not much evidence around that nettles in a garden setting are beneficial to butterflies. Both grew nettles in their garden but gave up as they never saw any caterpillars on them.


Posted: 20/08/2012 at 13:59

Thanks for the ID on the flower the Tortoiseshell is on, I did wonder if it was one of the Rudbeckia's.

Robot, that is a fabulous picture of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth, they are almost impossible to get a good picture of as they rarely stay long enough on a flower and are constantly on the move. 


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 20:31

Yes, I would say that is the chrysalis of your moth. How lucky you are to have a Tortoiseshell, I haven't had one in my garden, London area, for years! What is the flower it's on?


Posted: 15/08/2012 at 19:27

It looks like the cocoon of the Black Arches, so newly emerged and a lucky find, unless of course there is another one in there!!  Moths can be as pretty as a butterfly.  

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