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When to cut the wild flowers and meadow

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 17:02

Don't wait for the last flower as that may be August or even later and then it'll be too late for many of the new seeds to do their stuff before winter.  Some like to germinate fresh and get ahead start before winter.  Others like to wait for frosts and then spring to tell them it's safe to germinate and grow.   This is how annual wildflower meadows have been managed for centuries so one has to assume it's what works.

When to cut the wild flowers and meadow

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 16:28

Wildflower meadows are ususally cut in July and the cuttings are then left for a few days to shed any seed before being raked up and composted or made into hay - depending on size and use.

If you rake the cuttings up too soon you'll get no new seed for next year's display and if you leave them too long they'll feed the soil and encourage grasses to grw at the expense of the wildflowers.

The RHS offers this advice -


vintage lawn mower

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 16:18

Believe it or not there are people who collect lawn mowers so you could also advertise it on a swap or freecycle site or just use it as a garden ornament.


Posted: 31/05/2013 at 16:16

Clematis can grow quite happily in full sun or part shade depending on the variety but they all like a deep, cool root run so you need to make sure yours is planted deep and then shade the whole pot.   I find putting crocks and stones around just gives slugs a place to hide so grow my celematis in places where their roots are shaded by other plants.

Polish Spirit will do well in sun or shade so just keep its pot cool by not placing it against a south or south west facing wall.    Clematis are hungry, thirsty plants and some can take a season or two to get established before they really take off so make sure you keep yours happy with plenty of food and water and don't let the pot freeze in winter.

What is the name of this Plant Growing in my Garden

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 08:29

Nor me, and photinias have smooth leaves.

I suspect it's a lurking horror if it's coming back in land that has been cleared by a digger.  The best thing to do would be to dig up some of the best specimens and put them in pots to quarantine and grow them on, just in case they turn out to be goodies.

Then you can go ahead and clear the rest of the garden and prepare the soil for planting real treasures, by which time, this one will have grown and be easier to identify and can be planted out or composted accordingly.

White Bluebells

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 20:38

Sorry but these are Spanish bluebells which come in blue, white and pink, which are hybriding with the native blue one and will gradually wipe them out as they are more vigorous and promiscuous.

What is it?!!

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 18:21

The first looks like a tiny mahonia of some sort and will grow to be a decent evergreen shrub whose leaves go red or bronze for winter.  The flowers should lead to ddep blue berries.

The second is plume poppy, a hardy perennial that can become a thug if you let it spread but is easily controlled..

Good idea?

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 15:44

I made my own supports with thin metal rods I got from a builders' merchant.  Cut to length and then bend round a tree trunk or railway sleeper.  Easy peasy and cheap and lasts for ever.

metal plant supports

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:32

I just leave mine in place all winter for when the plants they are supporting come up again.   I made mine from those thin rusty metal bars available from builders' suppliers and just leant them all against a wall till I needed them.   Not too tangled as their feet were free.

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 09:15

If I had the space, a proper big oak tree and a majestic cedar.

If I had acidic soil, lovely papery, silky blue and red meconopsis poppies and then I could also grow magnolias, rhodos, azaleas and pieris.

However, I'm blessed with very fertile, decent alkaline loam with a some clay and can grow all sorts of things that love that as long as they can stand the long, cold, exposed winters.  I just wish the weeds didn't know about my soil..


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