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Grasses for bees/butterflies?

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 15:08

Agree with land girl 

Is your bed in the sun? Some stipa tenuissima and deschampsia cespitosa in drifts can look stunning.

In the shade, ophiopogon nigrescens (black grass) coupled with Japanese rye grass hakkonechloa, looks fab.


Enjoy and 

Identification of a large bush!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 15:03

Firstly...Happy Christmas!




Now to business  I saw this beauty in the park today - the photo doesn't do it justice really, but the branches are almost silver in the light and beautiful against a water backdrop.

Was wondering what it might be - anyone know?


Thank you 

When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 12:21

I love them nut, but my garden's tiny so everything has to have its space and not invade. Ah, if I had a large garden like some of you lot, I'd let so many of my perennials go mad!

When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 11:55

Thanks nut - I took the seed heads off most of them in the Summer, as was a bit concerned about an invasion!

When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 11:45

I honestly can't remember when my flowered exactly, but must have been around Feb/Mar this year.

Like Turnip, the fresh growth is visible coming through from the base. Leaves a bit straggly and not too pretty.

So Dove, ought we leave the old leaves in place until the New Year? I also thought that the old leaves di something to protect the newly-emerging leaves. Are they very prolific in your garden then? Oh no, I got 5 for a raised bed this year and am now having visions of them taking over the entire garden 

Recommend online plant suppliers

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 11:38

You're welcome - it's a case of hit and miss with online companies. Some good, some terrible. 

Verdun  re dead trees.

what is this bush, anyone?

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 11:01

thanks all - will get up close next time for a sniff!

Wildlife blues

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 22:21

I know Happy 

what is this bush, anyone?

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 22:19

Patsy  cinnammon-scented stems sound lovely

what is this bush, anyone?

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 22:18

sorry, my camera phone isn't that good.

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Wilting pelargonium leaves

What disease is this? 
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Last Post: 12/10/2015 at 12:23

What is this succulent please?

Label fell off and I can't remember! 
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Last Post: 04/10/2015 at 20:23

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Lost 3, this is my last one standing... 
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Last Post: 11/09/2015 at 22:44

Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Where can I buy it? 
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Last Post: 29/01/2015 at 10:02

Golfinches have landed!

Best seed for them? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2015 at 19:34

Dreaded thrips

How can I get the better of them this year?! 
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Last Post: 28/01/2015 at 19:32

Clematis Cirrhosa

does it flower in its first year? 
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Last Post: 08/01/2015 at 12:35

Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Still no flowers... 
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Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 16:23

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Any ideas? 
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Last Post: 18/10/2014 at 19:48


Best online retailer? 
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Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 13:12

Clematis Alba Luxurians

Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
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Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 21:31

Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:49

Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 11:08

Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 21:08

Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
Replies: 17    Views: 563
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:43
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