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Keyser Soze

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Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 05:34

Thank you for all the replies!

I am currently reorganising the garden and would like to make it more attractive to wildlife (within reason)!

I do have some of the minature buddlia in pots on the patio ready to go in and was thinking about Verbena so it's a good start.

I'm up North in Northumberland but I know we get some sightings now and again so fingers crossed!


Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 15:22

I was thinking of trying to attract this lovely creature into my garden after my Wife and I saw them in the garden of our hotel in Italy.

After reading up on them I was thinking of planting some Galium Verum or Lady's Bedstraw upon which they lay their eggs.

Has anyone had any success in attracting these moths or if they frequent your garden what is it that seems to attract them?


Posted: 06/06/2013 at 02:14

I've recently been going for purest green! At least mostly foliage as it's a new-ish garden so have been concentrating on the main structure till I can colour in the spaces. Like previously mentioned nature always seems to have it sown up so I tend to just stick in anything I fancy if the structure seems right. I know you can go for different effects such as reds and oranges to make a hot theme but it's hard to break out of a theme once created. I find that putting the most different things together foliage wise shows each plant off to it's best so if I had to give any answer it would have to be predominantly green!

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 03:55

When I moved into my new house it was a toss up between Acer Griseum and Gleditsia Triacanthos "Spectrum". I opted for the Gleditsia but it is just coming into bud for the first time for me and I am working offshore till the end of June! Needless to say I cannot wait to get home and see it in all it's glory!

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 13:31

Fairygirl, yes we ate the croissants but not with the peas!

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 04:52

Whilst on a self catering holiday in France my Mam bought some "pasties" from the supermarket and served them up with peas. Soon found out they were chocolate croissants!

"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 00:35

That lovely variagated grass, Gardener's Garters (Phalaris arundinacea)!

Has a lovely spreading habit rather like that invasive Couch grass (Elymus repens)!

If you must have it put it in a container but I find it will soon fill any container I put it in. 

Talkback: Plans for a garden

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 14:25

There is a multitude of stuff out there. Personally I would stay away from periwinkle as they can be quite invasive. Try looking at some websites where they have plants for sale and you can whittle down which ones you come across depending on the criteria of when you want it to flower, how tall and what colour etc.

Another favourite foliage plant of mine to go with ferns and hostas is heuchera.

Talkback: Garden birds in the snow

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 10:00

I never thought of porridge oats, must try it! We have been out every day giving them nuts and breadcrumbs in fat and they have been clearing it up pretty quickly. We make sure everything is in small pieces to stop the larger birds such as crows and magpies making off with it all!

Talkback: Help wildlife survive winter

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 09:56

We have had cat problems for years now. I wish that all owners could fit them with bells to at least give some of the birds a chance. Fledglings will always find it difficult but it would let the adult birds know if they are being stalked. Is it true they used to cull magpies? There seems to be an ever growing number of these predators from one year to the next.

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