Jim Macd

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Stopping ants climbing cherry tree

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:49
Edd wrote (see)
Blackstrap Molasses encourages little microorganisms 

and the ants hate that. Mix with water and spray the base of the tree.




Do you mean Treacle? Isn't that the same thing?


Cowslip dying?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:45
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I thought it was a native cowslip we were discussing

If that's what Swedboy wants to call it, then it's a cowslip.

Swedboy, do you have a photo?

Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 11:21

There's a two native lungworts Pulmonaria longifolia & Pulmonaria obscure plus the common Pulmonaria officinalis which is thought of as native though introduced, mine flowers in December and are only just finishing. More suggestions: Alyssum, Ivy, Dandelion are really good, clover, Aubrieta, Grape Hyacinths, Ajuga repens, Aquilegia vulgaris, Berberis, Caltha palustris, heather,  Basically any species plant that flowers will have evolved to attract pollinators. So if it's not a species and you don't know it's fertile then stay clear of it. I would go native every single time and that way you'll stand a very good chance of feeding larvae too. After all no larvae, no adults. Here's a list of native plants and a list of food plants. I know you're asking for earlies but if you look out for what's flowering at the period of interest and then go only for the un-named species form then you won't go far wrong.

Janet Rodway wrote (see)

 Our field are full of Lady's Smock at the moment. Jim 

Yeah, such a lovely flower too. I've had to introduce it to my garden despite it growing in profusion in the meadows just a mile away and I've even spotted it up the road by the post box.  

Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 11:30

Get some Wild Wall Flowers, they're very easy from seed and will flower every week of the year once they're seeding themselves so you'll always have something for a passing b/f. Iberis, is also good. Any native plant but they like small trumpet like flower such as any of the brassicas as above. Lady's Smock will also feed the larvae so don't forget you will get more adults if you can feed the larvae so go native as much as possible unless you know the non-native will do the trick

wild flowers

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 17:40
pansyface wrote (see)

Noo snoo today but plenty rain.


wild flowers

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 17:29
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Richard Mabey in Flora Britannica under Anthriscus sylvestris lists

Queen Anne's Lace, Fairy lace, Spanish lace. Kex, kecksie, Queque, Mother die, Step mother, Grandpas's pepper, Hedge parsley, Badman's oatmeal, Blackman's tobacco and rabbit meat  Not a bad collection.

Daucus carota just gets wild carrot and bird's nest.

I don't think you can have a right and wrong in common names. If it's what people call them it's the common name.

Yes, if that's what people use then that's the name. However, if a 20% of people mean carrot, 20% of people mean cow parsley, 20% mean Bishop's Weed, 20% mean Hemlock and the other 20% mean any umbell then telling some Queen Anne's lace can be good to eat could get you into trouble. Common names are therefore pretty meaningless. But you can call it whatever you like. 


pansyface wrote (see)

In Yorkshire, yer kecks are yer trousers. And yer bannickers are yer overalls.

In Lancashire too. And Pants are Trousers and Troose are 'ladies Trousers'  And you don't get snowed under with work you get snood under in my family. 

wild flowers

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:47

Hi nut, I really do have to disagree. I agree if you want you can say, "I call my cat a 'fish', and I call my dog a 'hippo'." That's fine, it really is, but it doesn't help communication. We have a few wonderful resources called the internet, Google, Google image, the library, books. All we have to do is use them. Now when I was a student a friend brought in a plant that none of us knew. "What is it?" we all asked. "The Indian Doctor Plant". So that's what we all called it, for a year. Then one person asked why is it called 'The Indian Doctor Plant'? Because the Indian Doctor gave us a cutting. We have brains if we only use them. We can learn and communicate better if only we want to. 

wild flowers

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:06

 Queen Anne's Lace is wild carrot, sorry guys.

how can I stop my apple stalks dropping off?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:04

I the washing up liquid spray was week it will be fine. I get ants on a couple of mine that stop beneficial insects doing the work for me so I have to spray those or they get distorted.

Apple tree companions

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 11:13

If your Braeburn is in leaf with no flower or sign of buds, then it isn't going to flower this year. You need patience with fruit trees I'm afraid, It's taken three years for some of mine to flower and others flowered in the next year after planting. Different trees, different location, different conditions, different rootstocks, all play a part. It will catch up.

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