hollie hock

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Ant Infestations

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:35

Hi Annie, the red ones do bite, I can see that would be a problem with very young children.


Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:31

I love it!

I'm trying to create a wildlife garden, so I'm trying with my plants to entice the insects in, other creatures then will follow.

I have a small pond, put in last year. All the advice says it's in exactly the wrong place (and it is) but not so long ago I've seen 2 toads and tadpoles. Nature will find it's own way.


Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:18

Thanks for the info pavery,

Don't know anything about the new postal system at T & M?  Even though I thought the perennial plants that arrived were very small, they were healthy and most of them are growing up really well. The only exception were the echinaceas, despite poting on I've lost most of them, haven't had much success with my own sowed either- slugs/snails absolutley adore them

Early sown biennials

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 17:48

Hi Chris, Wallflowers in bloom now were more of an accident than a plan! Got a bit ahead of myself at the end at the beginning of this year and had an urge to sow seeds. Wallflowers were also one of the first seeds that I ever sowed so I am very fond  of them.

I collected some "wild type seeds" that were growing out of some rubble, all you have to do is show them some  soil and then they are off! Probably about 3-4 months from sowing the seeds and then the flowers.

Stocks- I grow a lot of night scented stock as again, they were another first for me and the smell in the evening air is fantastic.

Don't know much about the other stocks that I could grow.  I heard of some 8 weeks stocks but much more interested in the longer lived variety.Are there any that I could sow now for next year?



Posted: 07/08/2012 at 17:20

Lavender Lady, I would be well chuffed if they were nesting in my garden and I was able to get so close and watch them develop into adults.

Great close up pics of the bees Gary, I love insects, the closer you get the more interesting.

Thanks J, I thought it might be

When to plant seeds?

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 17:13

 Hi Mandy,can't help with the veg.

It does all depend on what you want to grow and the space you're going to grow them in.

I'm concentrating on biennials and perennials for next year. I've sown sweet williams, sweet rocket, wallflowers, larkspurs & delphiniums. Forget me nots are another easy seed to sow now, to have flowers next year.

I don't have much luck sowing directly, probably because I don't have the time, money or inclination to deal with all the pests- and in this weather there's plently of slugs and snails about

Ant Infestations

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 16:57

I've seen loads of ants in my garden this year, tbh they don't bother me one bit and I don't seem them as pests. Never did when I was child either

Bulbs, seeds wanted

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 16:54

Hi Lucy,

Just a thought, is it on housing association/council land? These organisations have a lot of interest in anything green at the moment, especially if it's tenant led. There's probably some funding available as well.There's other organisations out there that can help you with funding and assistance.

Good luck with your project

Not Flowered

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 16:45

Hello, I bought one of these earlier this year, I managed to split it into 3 separate plants.One of them had a go at flowering, so waiting for next year to get the show

Early sown biennials

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 22:44

All my early sown biennials have been planted and seem to be doing well, especially the wallflowers and sweet rocket.

A lot of the wallflowers have flowered/flowering, got some more on the go for Spring as well as more sweet rocket & foxgloves.

I do wonder whether  those wallflowers that have been sowed and flowered this year, will they flower next year as well?

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