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Tree to attract birds for small garden

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 19:48

My condolences too. I'm dreading that day again.

Other than the very popular Rowan. Oh, I don't think anyone mentioned this but if you get a named variety please make sure it's a red form such as Cardinal Royal, however CR is not that disease resistant. Has to be S. aucuparia though as the birds leave the other orange, yellow and white species. A Cherry on a semi dwarfing rootstock, Hawthorn is loved by sparrows, or Midland Thorn but try to get a single form. The birds absolutely love Crabapple Evereste and the blossom is out of this world. You can also make good crabapple jelly with it if the birds leave you any. Evereste will come on a choice of rootstocks.

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But then again you can make great Rowanberry Jelly from Rowans. I bought Edulis but the birds don't leave any for me to try so I have to forage for the berries along the road side.  

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 12:57

Oh, thanks for that Ice, I had a gut feeling it might not be the best thing but wasn't sure how to mix up sugar and water, I tried it once but the bee wasn't interested so I didn't do it again, they've never turned up their nose as honey so figured it was good. they've always flown off though, even when they were on their last legs and could barely stand. Will do the sugar thing though, two to one. East to remember. 

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 12:48

Lancashire Lass, yep I do the same, squirty honey, I get loads that come in the house or the porch then can't get out. They're exhausted by all the flying up and down the window. It's lovely to be able to set them free with a meal. This one looks like it's about to die but it did fly off. Honest.  

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Native plants

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 11:30

Anyone looking for local seed might try Googling 'local provenance wild seed then your area' 

Native plants

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 11:13

Morning Nut.  Yeah, I've got a S. vilmorinii. The birds don't touch it which is why I've grafted it over this year. Thankfully and amazingly all three grafts have taken.

If they were nice red berries and the tree looks like aucuparia I'm sure they were, it's a very well used tree. Some of them are such wonderful trees. My neighbour across the road has one, when I'm walking the dogs in the evening I always walk a little bit further down the road than I need to just so I can bathe in the wonderful aniseed perfume. Some are a bit fishy. Edulis isn't the best smelling one but but they berries are supposed to be less bitter hence the name which means edible. There's a really beautiful one in the graveyard that I've collected seeds from it's a fantastic shape but has fairly small berries which means it's probably not too messed about with. Edulis was collected from the wilds of Eastern Europe so not a cultivar. 

Native plants

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 11:00

Here it is then Jo, great timing. http://www.thegrassseedstore.co.uk/native-meadowgrass.html  

I think that's a good price too. I wish I'd ripped up all the grass when I moved in. The OH wouldn't let me though. I need reigning in sometimes.

Native plants

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 10:54

By the way, those grasses in the Emorsgate seeds list are Amenity stock, that is, they're not wild grasses. Just in case you're wanting to be strict about what you introduce, very hard to take out grasses once you introduce them. I only bought from their wild section and I bought a great grass mix from another company. It came from a sight of special scientific interest. There's good credentials for you.  I'll see if I can find the link. 

Native plants

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 10:51

I know.   Do you grow Raspberries, Red Currants or Rowan? The birds seem to love those just as much as Cherries. I've got Sorbus a. edulis I've yet to try the berries on those since the birds strip them the minute they turn slightly orange. Rowan is a great tree because it fruits from such an early age compared to other Rosacea.

Native plants

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 10:18

You don't have much luck with those Bird Cherries Nut.

A shady hedge, I'd go for Yew, it is fairly slow growing but worth it. I have used Yew for the same reason. I've also got some Hornbeam but it isn't doing as well as I'd hoped so I've taken loads of Yew cuttings to 'replace' it. I'll under plant, I took semi-ripe cuttings in Summer/Autumn last year. They're all showing signs of growth, I don't think any one died. Yew's not cheap so I'll do more this year if I don't get enough. Beech is okay but in a shady place it won't be a very dense hedge and you have to get Beech fairly small Beech because they don't transplant very well unless you nurse them like a baby if you have dry shade especially. But it is a lovely hedge. I bought 6 x 2 meter bare root Beech a couple of years ago for a section of the hedge that needed replacing. It is very shady and dry, I lost more than half. I was stupid and greedy because I knew the risks and thought I was watering enough to compensate but I still lost half and I think only one has done well. 

Native plants

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 20:24

Jo that's great, I have Prunus avium and P. padus they are great. I've also got spinosa in the hedge, not had enough to make sloe gin yet though.   I packed as many natives as I could in the garden when I bought the house, I even planted a hedge along the fence outside my property, I'm going to plant a couple of trees on the verge at some point when they're big enough to cope with the drunken teenagers pub crawling.  The council seem quit happy for us to do what we like as long as they don't have to cut the grass.  If it weren't for the meadow I think I'd have made a wood by now.  Got to have a meadow that's always been my goal in this house so I have to keep myself true to that. 

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