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Hesperis Matronalis, Sweet Rocket

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:18

Hi Jack, sounds as if you have some wildlife attractors in their already.

I had a very small pond in my last garden and toads did arrive somehow as well as some wood piles in an undisturbed corner. I found that the bees adored the scabious, rudebekkias and echnicineas. There's lots of people on here who garden with wildlife in mind so I'm sure you will get loads of ideas.

Seed sowing is great and you will get loads of plants for very little money but tons of enjoyment


What to put in cleared terrace border?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:05

I could imagine seeing some aubriettas and snowcaps hanging over the walls, not sure if it would be too shady for them though?

Pruning a baby clematis

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:02

The only pruning advice for clemantis I know  is from Monty, if flowers before June don't prune

This works for early flowering types like Montanas but not sure about the others

wildflowers in containers

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:57

I think I probably did sow them indoors first in a covered propagator and then moved them outside, potted on and left them in the coldframes before I planted them.

Mind you I sowed some calendula outside in trays last Autumn and they seem to have pulled through the winter, just potted them on, on  the weekend. I've just sown some blue cornflowers outside in a tray, just to see what happens.

Will do some more sowing over the next few weeks of hardy annuals


Last 3 plant ID's

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:52

Looks like a nice heatlhy large aquilegia, that should give some beautiful flowers in a couple of months.

I can enlarge them here

wildflowers in containers

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:42

I would say that there is still time to create a border for these out of your lawn. I've grown the black ball, nigella and calendula before and they seem to grow quick once germinated.

I don't do much direct sowing just because I'm a lazy weeder and the slugs and snails get to them, but in pots they might do better than direct sowing straight into the ground

First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:36

Looking really good Bob, spring bulbs are so lovely I planted loads in my last garden in Autumn and it's always worth it when you see them pop up

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:27

First seeds of the year sown on the weekend, some sweet peas, white everlasing and some cupani , blue cornflowers and some erygiums (sp?). 

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:22

First ladybird spotted Lovely pic of the bee feeding off the crocus

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 11:17

Lovely cute photo Longanberry, they are lovely birds I love the way they hop about. Had a fairly tame robin in the garden some time ago, he was called Scruff

Discussions started by hollie hock

Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 11:45

What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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Last Post: 06/09/2015 at 22:28


Any one grown it? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 23:44

So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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Last Post: 03/08/2015 at 20:06

Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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Last Post: 12/07/2015 at 19:28

What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 21:48

Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2015 at 23:16

Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Last Post: 19/06/2015 at 23:31

Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 22:43

Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 19:52

Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:26

Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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Last Post: 17/08/2014 at 20:27


How long to leave bag over them? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 20:19

Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Last Post: 14/06/2014 at 09:58

Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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