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Hazels looking for a home

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 15:07



Perennial Planting

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 11:45

How big depends where they're going, if you're going to give them lots of space and look after them, then plant them sooner. If they're going to have to fight it out then plant them only when they're in a 1 litre pot or bigger if it's really crowded with aggressive neighbours. I planted plugs of cowslips in grass three years ago. They are only a little bigger now than when they went in. Where as ones I left in pots and potted on for one reason or another are huge.

Hazels looking for a home

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 11:36

Don't forget Dove, you will need two for pollination, have you already got another or another near by? There's nothing to stop you planting them very close together to make a good sized clump like you would with herbaceous plants.

what pond plants are these

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 11:16

It's Myriophyllum aquaticum and it's very invasive something you should never under any circustances allow it out. The other is not flag

Bumble Bees

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 11:10
Fishy65 wrote (see)
Hi folks, Today has seen a gathering of Bumble Bees close to our back door.They are above the kitchen window,probably about 8 or 9ft off the ground and are entering the brickwork through a small hole in the mortar.The mortar is lime mortar so quite soft. I'm pretty sure they'll be fine and certainly don't want the cute fellows wiped out by 'pest' controllers. I know Bumble Bees are peaceful but I don't want them to think I'm too close and a threat...the much-used outside tap is directly below. Any thoughts?

They won't they'll leave you alone, I've got lots of nest

Daisy lawn in trend!

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 11:17
hartleyhare wrote (see)

it looks so pretty

So, would Daisy seeds need to be sown in the same way as you would sow grass seed or other wild flower seeds, ie onto bare soil? I have Daisies on my lawned area, I cut around them when cutting the grass. Would love to have more Daisies

You can cut the lawan short and top dress, that is mix the seed with a light mixture 50:50 sand and compost and scatter that over the are. Obviously that's not as practical if you have a large area but it might be the best solution rather than digging up you lawn. I just grow the daisies in pots, divide them and plant them out but my short wild flower lawn isn't very big and my dogs poach it. 

Shrub ID please.

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 11:43
KEF wrote (see)

Excuse me bumping this back up myself  Just wondered if anyone had any ideas after my last picture.

Hi KEF, sorry was trying to get back but every time had to go. I still think it's Deutzia gracilis.

Daisy lawn in trend!

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:29
Kittyrose wrote (see)


Thanks for your comments, I shall now be ordering seeds tonight (don't worry no digging up of anything on the roadside!).

Pictures attached this time (scroll down as there are two) so you can see what I am trying to do!

Thanks everyone. 





Absolutely gorgeous! Think about adding some Speedwell. They are lovely too.


Daisy lawn in trend!

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:22
landgirl100 wrote (see)

Please don't advocate taking wild flowers from verges or anywhere else. Even if it is "only a daisy". Uprooting wild plants is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Of course, you may be able to find someone who wouldn't mind you removing daisies from their lawn!

I hear what you're saying LG. And anything else I would be calling the old bill my self. But Daisies? Our verges at the front of the house are covered in them, and they are wonderful, but half the neighbours use lawn weedkiller on them and nobody bats an eye lid. But to be honest they are probably the most common lawn 'weed' next to dandelions so someone rescuing some for propagation to benefit wildlife is, I think, perfectly acceptable. And FAR, FAR, FAR better to have locally sourced plants than introducing seed diluting the local gene pool.


On a worse note. Outside the local cemetery the daisies are being polluted by the godawful monsters the council thinks are acceptable bedding plants.


 So save as many as you can I say. By the way, I shall be rescuing hundreds of northern marsh orchids shortly from weedkiller because the owner things they make the place look messy.

I think you should follow the spirit of the law not the letter. 

Daisy lawn in trend!

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 13:49
You can buy seed, Emorsgate seeds sell plus many others. But if you have a bulb planter you can get them from the road verge no one would mind I'm sure.

Discussions started by Jim Macd

bumblebee boxes to buy or not to buy

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Any Hellebore experts? 
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First Wild Daffodil

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Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

What varieties have you got and which do you like best? 
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B&Q dead plants

B&Q dead plants 
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Large bird of prey

I just saw a large bird of prey in my Garden 
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