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Eating my Poppys Grrrrr !

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 00:23

Oh, and there's an aquilegia mixed in with the poppies - they had a go at that as well but it obviously didn't taste so good and they've left it alone.


Eating my Poppys Grrrrr !

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 00:22

Solved! This year I had dozens of poppy plants ready to flower. They are two varieties, the bright red with a black 'eye' in the centre and the 'normal' wild type that is slightly less intense red. The culprits are starlings. I heard a huge racket outside the bedroom window early one morning and looked out. There were several starlings all over the plants (about 12 - 18 tall, well grown plants) and one bird was on the grass in front of the border with a bud in its beak. One or two flowers have made it and there are lots of buds still coming so there might, possibly be a show of poppies. I love seeing all the starlings as well so I wouldn't want to deter them. Watching them going over the grass and aerating it as they pick out the cutworms is great viewing.

when should I prune Buddleia ?

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 13:06

I've just looked for pruning advice here so thanks for the thread. Just for info. I have been taking off the dead flowers to prolong flowering as much as possible. I know it's been a wonderful summer, but there are still buds which look as though they might open. This was a seedling that had been in a pot for two years - it was finally planted in the ground last (apology for a ) summer, in August. It's fed many beautiful peacock, comma, and tortoiseshell butterflies, not to mention countless honey bees and bumble bees as well as looked and smelled wonderful. I might add that it was planted in an area previously devoid of anything that could be described as interesting for wildlife ( communal 'grassed' and overgrown space).

I'll prune in the spring, then.

Eating my Poppys Grrrrr !

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 11:49

I've had exactly the same problem. It seems to happen overnight but there are no footprints or slug/snail trails to give any clues. However, this morning I saw a juvenile starling having a close look at a low hanging bud. Could it be dawn bird visitors that are the culprits? I now have multiple buds and, finally, one flower has made it. Could they provide early (day and season) bird food until something else gets more abundant?

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