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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.  


Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:41

It's Black Arches 'Lymantria monacha' one of the Tussocks species of moth.

Wildflowers - to dig over soil before planting or not?

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 13:45
Gary Hobson wrote (see)
It's a matter of experience, you'll need to discover what will grow in your situation, and what won't.

Totally agree. Our wildlife meadow was created on an established lawn with wildflower plug plants and plants I germinated myself. Three years on the meadow is producing and looking well but the grass is just too dominant. This Autumn we are going to start again by killing off the grass, replacing the rich soil and scattering a mixture of wildflower seeds, not all native as I want to create a longer lasting flowering period.

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 08:59

I garden in London and all plants I buy have to be wildlife friendly so what I have ended up with is a lovely cottage garden effect with a mini meadow.  I try to keep clear of plants that attract snails but as I love the open flowered Dahlia's,  I scatter organic slug pellets and I have to say they have been very successful.

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 08:50

They are good food for Blackbirds but as the feeding season is over and the fact you have too many, as Snailsrcute suggests, take them for a drive............

short climbers???

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 08:45

Most climbers grow very tall but Jasmine Trachelospermum, the star Jasmine might suit. It's evergreen and once planted doesn't need too much attention.


Posted: 31/07/2012 at 18:53

I am about to replace my very tall Buddleia's for the newish Buddleia 'buzz' series. I already have one and it's the perfect size and easy to manage. Just to say also that blue coloured flowers seem to be the preferred colour for Bees and Butterflies.

Can anybody tell us what these flowers are

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 18:43

Definitely Erigeron karvinskianus, a very good self-seeder too.

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