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Cowslip dying?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 16:12

They're definitely false oxlip type hybrids from someones garden. They could well come true from seed if a small population had become established and the true oxlip is a parent but they're not pure cowslips, Primula veris. They could even be Primula vulgaris x veris type, again the p.vulgaris type coming from someones garden. If that's the case then it's likely to be sterile. The size of the flower tells you it's not a cowslip, that is P. veris though the red spots tell you it's a hybrid. A very lovely one though. I've got a few P. ve. x P. vu. and they are very similar in morphology to that. If they're still in flower I'll get a photo. I don't know why it died, though. Could be a whole host of reasons. 


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:57

I wish I could stop mine growing. I get hundreds of them and have to hoe them every year. They've somehow spread from the front garden into my meadow at the back and theres' hundreds of them. I wish I could get all the native stuff to grow so easily into grass without all the faff of growing plugs. I'm sure they'll be fine Louise, they're well known for being prolific. I bought seed last year too, my OH thought I'd gone crazy, well, we only have Astrantia major, the species, so wanted some variety. Mine seem to have sat there doing nothing too. 

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.

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