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Bugle (Ajuga Reptans)

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 16:00


Graham Bell in Scotland turned out to be a total waste of time indeed, won't go into why here but BE AWARE and Stay clear?????????? OMG!

Emailed several, lots of nurseries in all four corners of the UK and one replied and gave me a phone number, that's all and I phoned it and I got a British Wild Flower Plant Specialist, a retailer specialising specifically and only in Native British Wild Flowers.

Thought my order would be far too small for them to be bothered but no, they were extremely helpful and friendly and I have everything I need from one single supplier at a very reasonable price too. Well happy.

Thank you all those here that have offered help etc.


. First grade loose root plants

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 09:24

Well done


. First grade loose root plants

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 20:30

These are all what I would expect to get if I'd ordered Bare Root.

These are Bare Root, nothing special about these. Describing them as First grade loose root plants is as suspected a rather grand way of describing what is no more than Bare Root.

. First grade loose root plants

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 19:55

I couldn't find an explanation either and until now I have never come across the term either.

I think it's a rather posh grand way of saying its bare root myself and no more than that.

Which way up???

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 18:04


Not the first time though, I have a friend who help plant 300 trees on a Rugby Club car park a few years ago.

When everybody went home a couple of people went around them all, just in case and they found four that had been planted upside down!

Bugle (Ajuga Reptans)

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 16:39

To follow up.........


Natural Surroundings Nursery in Norfolk have what I want and a very good price too but say they don't do mail order and therefore can't help me a shame really a very good price at £2.50 a 90cm pot.  Never Mind.

Graham Bell in Scotland seems very keen to help but I'm of the impression my order is far too small and too much trouble and I have to say pricey at £4 per 2ltr pot. But he does have what I want. Trying to get him to send plants Bare Root to cut costs etc. Awaiting a decision. He claims he can supply all my other plants too that I want this year but again seems very pricey. This may all fall through yet.


Ever hopeful though.

. First grade loose root plants

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 15:34

Just tried googling what "First grade loose root plants" means only to find several websites offering such plants for sale.

My first thought would be that the plants are sold as "Bare Root" and using the words "First grade loose root plants" is a rather grand way of describing them giving the impression that they are something more special!

Bugle (Ajuga Reptans)

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 14:39

Thank you Buttercupdays,

I already have Scabious and Bowles Mauve well established and doing well. I have several other good plants too establishing themselves.

I understand that bees and butterflies don't altogether care whether food is native or not but as a keen conservationist though I want to try to use native british plants as far as possible firstly.

If I message you in say a two months time,   would you be prepared to help me out with a few plants then? 

Bugle (Ajuga Reptans)

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 13:13

The Native Bugle although not a rampant plant does spread fairly quickly. I'm wanting the plant to provide ground cover and flowers for a number of butterfly's that visit the garden.

I have a resident Holly Blue colony in the garden, I also get Orange Tips, Brimstone, Speckled Wood and Comma regularly every year. The Orange Tip and Brimstone crash through several times a day and I'm hoping to get them to pop in and stay for a while. I also want to plant as far as possible British Native wild flowers as part of what is starting to become a very nice country cottage garden.

Being very much into wildlife, specifically birds and mammals I'm hoping for a wildlife garden using native plants as far as possible.

Our british native Bugle is proving to be a big challenge, one I want to crack this year even if it means taking wild plant material or seed which is an option I have as a very last desperate choice. 

If it brings in wildlife especially those butterfly's listed here and others it can be as rampant as it likes.  I'm also planting, Cuckoo Flower, Betony, Fleabane and Red Valerian this year.

Bugle (Ajuga Reptans)

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 12:03

Sorry Lyn, you're right, your Bugle is another variant, don't know which one though.

Thank you for trying though.

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