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I dug up 'chains' of crocosmia like this. They had stopped flowering and when I dug I was quite surprised at their length and how tough they were. I composted them and they have still to break down!
Waht a fab list!
I also have success with echinacea, perennial helianthus, hebe, rudbeckia, michaelmas daisies, golden rod, euphorbia and epilobium (white willow herb) and erbena bonariensis
Has anyone bought these from the Organic Gardening Catalogue? How useful are they? Would love to know if they are worth the investment!
I have just discovered the 'Followed threads' button (der...) which is useful for checking back on useful posts.
Thank you everyone! You are such a helpful bunch.
When is the best time to plant nerines? Various websites say plant in early autumn. Would they flower this year if they were planted now? They have just appeared in the garden centre and I wondered what state they might be in if left until autumn 2014!
My blue geraniums died right back. Will they return or are they dead?
i agree with Matt about planting bee friendly flowers, especially simple flower types - avoid double petal varieties.
Honeybees sometimes lose their sense of direction because of over exposure to chemicals, particularly neonicotinoids. This is now affecting the BB populatio as well.
I adore Radio 4 and carry my radio around in plastic carrier bag so I can hear it. I love plays, stories and other stuff on there. I have to admit it does get stuffy at times and then it is Radio 3 / Classic FM!
Our allotments are free but there is no water. We have a Heath Robinson- ish system of water collection points with barrels, pipes and butts. Only a few rules and NO livestock! the fence costs the most to keep out Peter Rabbit & chums and Ratty. My fence cost about 250 last year. I scrounge wheelbarrows from our local tip - a goldmine for useful bits and pieces.