Rosemary Clarke

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Wild flowers

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 18:41

I have signed an abundance of petitions for the protection of bees.

I believe David Cameron Himself  is doing his bit for the bees! Bless!

Helping bees helps everyone.

Banning any kind of pesticide will help the bees and also humans who are affected by these poisons. 

Wild flowers

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 18:13

We have a colony of Bumble Bees!

Started planting wild flowers and other plants attractive to various bees about 3 years ago. A big difference in thye variety of bees and other insects not quite so welcome.

About 3 months ago I noticed a lot of activity around 1 of the nest boxes on our garage.  A bit apprehensive at first as there have been wasps in there 2 years ago. Once they were identified as White Tailed Bumble Bees [Tree Bees],we tried to relax and pretend they were not there when going under the group of bees hovering overhead! Gradually 1 lot grew into big bees and were replaced by small bees. These then grew and dispersed into my garden and the wider bee-world! 

They are or there are......bumble bees in the garden enjoying the abundence of nectar. They do occasionally dive-bomb you or perhaps just bump into you  whilst  flying from flower to flower. Rarely are there any bees around the nest box now so do not know if the Queen is still in residence.  

I hoped to have guidance from the British Bee Association but the 2 people I spoke were rather abrupt and should NOT have been on the BBA list of people to telephone for advice! I was also lucky to find a friendly `Pest Control` man who told me what they were and what would happen next......very grateful for that info.

Help! Astrantia by seed

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 16:54

Thank you nutcutlet. Will do!

Help! Astrantia by seed

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 18:47

Lovely to read all the different experiences!

I have Astrantia, flowering 2nd time now this year, I wondered if the seed would germinate....sometimes it does and sometimes not.....! I will also make attempts to grow in a propagator as well as potting shed.

I bought a heated propergator last winter determined to grow my own seedlings,  The Echium Vipers [all 6] grew well but only 1 plant is flowering @ 12 - 18 " tall, the other s are growing on a bit better since repotting.  I have also sown some grass seeds - panicum purple haze-as it has self-seeded  around the plant. I have potted some of these as well hoping they survive whatever winter we may get!! 

I too have started cutting the perenials down, some are growing back quickly, shall I cut them down again or cover when/if it freezes??


Talkback: How to collect and save seeds

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 07:15

I am saving seed this year encouraged by these blogs. I have also "sown" seed from a `Panicum Purple Haze` as it has baby grasses around it in the garden. Probably just the weather for it this summer. There is nothing to lose by trying!

I really like these Pages!

Talkback: Growing teasels

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 19:57

I love mine too! We have 2 that are 7` tall, the purple has mostly been picked off by bees and the occasional sparrow. I will try scattering the seed as well, as that may be succesful? Depends on the winter I guess? May also try in pots, nothing to lose!

I have Eryngium too, they did not  flower at all last year but have masses of blus flowers thia year.   

Talkback: 10 hostas to grow

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 06:16

I have already commented on MY most efficient slug and snail deterent.

1] crushing snails and when dry place around the pot of hosta and other snail attracting plants.

2]keep a bucket or any container of water near vulnerable plants, collect snails and slugs and drop into water, ensuring they cannot climb out.

3] homeopathic remedy of toasted snail!

Collecting snails and drowning them is the best of all and you should notice a reduction in snails and slugs anyway as they will not be breeding!


Talkback: Hostas, slugs and snails

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 06:37

I have discovered another way, and the best so far, of dis-couraging slugs and snails. Last year I got really exasperated to find new shoots being eaten to the ground overnight, only a few attracted to the slug pellets.
I started throwing the snails [and a very few slugs] into an ajacent plastic box collecting rain water. I noticed quite quickly that the Hosta was growing. So...I continued collecting the snails and drowning them. Assumed other snails were aware of the dead snails and avoided plants in quite a wide area.
I will try to upload a photo of the now large Hosta.
Also researching for a homeopathic remedy I discovered a remedy called Helix Tosta made from toasted snail shell.
I shall try that also!
If anyone would like to try a free sample please email me
for my address and prepare an sae with a large letter stamp.

Talkback: How to grow summer bedding from seed

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 23:38
When should the Cosmos seedling be pinched out? Mine are now quite "leggy" @ 3-4 inches but seem only to have 1 pair of leaves.

Is it the end for pelargonium?

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 07:38

Wait for the warmer weather as well as cutting the stem back, if you have not done that already. Even though I have heat in my potting shed, many of my pelargoniums are bare, due to the intense "damp and continuing".  Feed it/them and maybe spray the stem/s weekly and I am sure it/they will grow leaves. Some of my plants are decades old and still flower and give good cuttings.

Good Luck!

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