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Wildflower meadow not growing!

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 10:51
Will keep trying pics Dove. Just had a go at Advanced Editor but still no joy.

When we walked through the grass meadow behind my house last summer, clouds and pillars of butterflies and moths spiralled up then ???disappeared' back in amongst the stems. Wonderful! Grasses are pretty too when left to seed.

Wildflower meadow not growing!

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 09:14
Did you scarify the meadow after the second year? Disturbing the soil gets some of the seeds below the soil where they will wait until really chilled (stratification) kicks off their germination process. Can take several years of work. Meadows take time and more effort than you think.

Grass meadows, as opposed to flower meadows, do create an amazing habitat for Ringlets, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, cinnabar moths etc. I have pics of mauve, pink and cream grasses just alive with butterflies but no pics are posting today

Suggestions for filling a small south facing border

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 08:57
Lovely to hear you will be a 'Moominmumma' soon! If you need a quick fix for your guests in August then pots of bedding (bargains to be had now) with lots of lavender too.

Your mum could move pots about and plant up lavender. After this 'busy season for you what about putting a cordon apple against that sunny border for next year. Babies love apple pur??e and it is so good for their digestion when weaned. Strawberries and blueberries just full of vitamin C for a a tot that will 'grow like a weed'! Fresh, unprocessed and no pesticides guaranteed when it's your own food. Good Luck Moominmumma xx

Asthma and Gardening

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 14:00

There are so many delicious scents in the garden but all scents are just chemicals. Those who are sensitive to these aldehydes are just bombarded by them ( even indoors). If perfumes cause headaches or nausea, pine trees,  new furniture, fresh paint or laminate flooring makes you feel tired or queasy then you maybe sensitive to aldehydes.

Most of our household smells are either oils from plants or synthetic copies so they are EVERYWHERE! Some people love the taste and smell of coriander as a yummy herb to others it tastes horribly of soap. Some love hawthorn blossom and smell almonds whilst others detect another chemical in it like ammonia ( or ol' pee) as well as the almond scent.  It's in your genes which camp you fall into. Not much you can do about that : (

Sensitivity and reactions can show on skin, breathing difficulties, headache and even mood. Antihistamines do help though and a nice trip to the seaside too for a 'change of air'.  


Help needed to identify blossom tree

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 12:12

Could be Malus x purple prince?


What Bee friendly climber for West Facing wall???

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 11:53

I adore meadows but...

Luke, some unsolicited advice, front garden meadows in a city may look a bit 'unloved'  in winter and early spring making your property look empty or unattended.

if you can plant lavender in that position the insects will just smother it, the perfume is released as you come and go, low maintenance and evergreen throughout year. Lavender has umpteen uses within the home too. A natural antiseptic and antifungal it also makes lovely bath sachets and sleep pillows.

Never thought I would discourage a wildflower meadow planting though!?!

Cornus Kousa

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 11:27

Last year, mmm...ok. This year it is covered in white bracts.


I  agree with Salino that plants, shrubs and trees do appear have strong growth years followed by strong fruiting years.   

Little lemon tree

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 23:34

Well that's a good sign!

If those tiny blisters enlarge you will need a copper sulphate treatment as it could be citrus canker. The yellow circle then gets a brown centre So  do keep an eye on those leaf blisters Lavande. Fingers crossed for you it isn't canker brewing.

Weekly Citrus feed, rose feed or Vitax seaweed will nourish and strengthen but don't over water. Good Luck

What are the best white flowers for bees and butterflies??

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:33

Shasta are a butterfly, moth and bee friendly white. The leucanthemum x Superbum ( yer really) is a good open flower which is what the butterflies prefer as their wings can flutter on take off.

Long flowering period too.

Little lemon tree

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:06

Welcome back Lavande! wash each leaf with milk and water solution 1 part milk to three parts water ASAP. best to use cotton wool or soft paint brush. Then re-pot using gritty or silver sand ( children's play sand not the awful orange stuff) in the mix.

These are Mediterranean plants so think holiday resort soil. Terracotta pots with either pot feet or gravel under the pot are ideal. Should be a happy little lemon after a Cleopatra bath, new bed and a sunny spot to spend the summer in.

Wait amminute......that will do for me too"

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