Latest posts by higgy50

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 19:09

The weather lots awful for down here in North Somerset and the Somerset levels are on amber flood alert again!

I shall be doing the great bird watch as I do every year and looking forward to it as usual!

Talkback: Five of the best trees for small gardens

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 19:43

Yep I agree now!

I planted about 20-30 trees and shrubs only a couple of weeks ago and this wet weather will settle them in nicely.

Depending on how big they are remember to stake them to keep them firm in the ground but stake them low on the trunk so that the top of the tree can still move and just the very bottom of the trunk remains firmly in place.

We look after our bugs.

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 00:10

Go for it Bill it's quite easy and you can make it to whatever size you want. If I can find a picture of mine I'll post it up.

Dry stone plants Ideas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:48

I grow them in my wildflower area but as you say they don't last long. An alternative which might be worth a go I know as Pheasant's Eye? These are bright red and flower for longer than poppies during June and July. I had one just pop up in the garden a couple of years ago and by dead-heading kept it going for quite some time.

Green roofs and walls

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:33

Hi Mishal,

An interesting study, which I would be very interested to know the results.

Hopefully a few members on here will take the time to complete your survey.

Good luck with your dissertation!



We look after our bugs.

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:14

They look very nice Bill but I have to confess that I made my own, it's not too difficult if you have some scrap wood and a few old canes lying around.

Dry stone plants Ideas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:11

Verdun, that sounds lovely and great to keep the interest going throughout the summer months!

Arabis is a good suggestion and the one I had in my old garden gave off a lovely scent.

The other thing that I have grown on the dry parts of my rockery are Californian Poppy, they would like the dry conditions and add a lovely splash of bright orange although you can get pink and cream varieties also. Only annual but might be worth buying a packet of seed and sprinkling over the gaps in the wall and see what grows!?...

What 2 plants would you put together in the herbaceous/perennial border?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:04

Don't worry Verdun how can you only choose two? Surely that's just not possible!? LOL

Dry stone plants Ideas

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 23:45

Aubretia works well and is good for pollinators. I also like fleabane as suggested above.



Wildlife friendly

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 19:30

Hi Peachy,

There is such a long list of wildlife friendly plants, trees etc and over the last few years there have been lots of extremely good and informative threads written on the RSPB Community Forum's 'Greenfingers' section. Basically there you will find everything is about wildlife gardening and planting for all sorts of wildlife and native shrubs, hedges etc.

Take a look by following this link and then browse this thread and the whole 'Greenfingers' section, I guarantee you will find what you're looking for there!


Hope this helps



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Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Plant ID 
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Talkback: Brimstone butterflies

A brilliant piece Richard and demonstrating what we can all do very easily in our own gardens - Grow the right plants for the right species!... 
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This is a really interesting post Kate and timely as I spent most of the day last Saturday planting my Crocus, Snakes Head Fritillary, alli... 
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ID this plant for me please???

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