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Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 16:10

Thanks Dove, we are still in the very beginning of our project, which is trying to grow as many different plants as possible! We have this one butterfly that keeps coming back but I don't see it going to any flowers, it's attracted to our fire pit and keeps sitting on it, not sure there's much for it there!

Was going to get some Sweet Rocket seeds but had to cull it on account that our list was too big, will put that at the top of next year's list!

We have quite a few things on the list in that pdf, but mostly the autumn nectar plants, I heard Aubretia can get out of control and self seed everywhere which is why I cut that one from the list, but I have seen many gardens with it in bringing lovely early colour.

Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:35

Hi, we're working on a wildlife friendly garden and we're growing many things for the bees and the butterflies. We have quite a few things in our garden which have been flowering for a few weeks which the bees are quite happy with. However, we've seen quite a few butterflies around but we don't seem to have any suitable flowers for them, so what should I grow for next year which is early flowering and will keep the butterflies happy?

Suggestions much appreciated!

Damping off! **Please** help!

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:40

We are basically city centre Wolverhampton and all the seedlings are right next to the house so I'm not overly worried about frost (famous last words!!) It's the slug that's done in my wallflower fire king and my sea lavender that I'm most worried about now!


Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 10:35

Ok I have flowers coming on my dumped-in-a-shady-position sweet peas from last year! The other plants are coming along great too, can't wait for them all to flower!

Damping off! **Please** help!

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 10:30

HI I just wanted to give an update on my damping off!

Firstly thanks to all of you for your advice, I have learnt ventilation is key! Since keeping a focus on ventilation I have had no further issues, all my second sowing of seedlings are off to a flying start, even some of the first batch which I removed to a sheltered position have survived!

The greenhouse cover gets practically removed when it will be a good day, covering the top when rain is predicted and is zipped up on one side during the night unless it will be very cold when I zip up both sides. Also, in handling the cover I've made some accidental ventilation holes which I think may have been beneficial!

You can't believe how happy I am now to come home every day and find success rather than disappointment!

Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:21

Your tub looks much prettier than mine, we have basically a bucket and chicken wire contraption set up (we had hoped to buy a house by now, and hope to very soon, so we had to plant them with what we had!), hoping the beauty of the sweet peas will distract!!

I've also put in some Jan sown ones with the Autumn sown ones in a different tub, also bit of an experiment to see if I can just leave it to later rather than argue with ones that get a bit big too quick!

I'm hoping I get super early flowers on the old ones I read somewhere on here someone got sweet peas flowering in Feb once, I'd like to know where they were in the country!

I have 16 different varieties of sweet peas going at the moment, I have a bit of a sweet pea problem, still I think it's better than some addictions!


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:13

I feel your pain!! See my recent quest for answers?:


My Seedlings

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 14:54

I wish my seed trays looked like these!!

I have a small cheap plastic greenhouse and I'm mostly just getting problems from mine, can you come and show me how to do this properly so mine look like yours!!??

Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 14:39

Actually, forgot to mention, I'm a bit weird about killing things, I really want to cut down everything and make it pretty, but I can't, even if it's dead, I can't do it, so I just left my sweet peas from last year and moved them to a sheltered shady dumping area in the garden, anyway, those sweet peas are still going (thanks to the mild winter) and now are growing really really well, despite only having about five minutes (maybe an hour in reality) of direct sunshine a day...

Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 14:28


Monty told me to sow sweet peas in Autumn, so I did, and mine got to the same height as yours and I no longer had space for them in the greenhouse, so they got planted in a large tub about 3 weeks ago. They have been more than fine since. It could be my imagination but I think they've doubled in height in 3 weeks and they look very very healthy.

I'm in the West Midlands and we had a couple days last week where we had some chilly nights but other than that the weather has been very fine. I did find most people say that they are hardy enough to be planted out early, either way they couldn't take up that much space in the greenhouse any longer so I didn't have much choice!

They were also all different varieties from different suppliers and I haven't had one single one die on me, fingers crossed that is how it will stay!

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Early flowering plants for butterflies?

What should I grow for them? 
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Cinnamon for Damping Off

Has this ever actually worked for anyone?? 
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Damping off! **Please** help!

I've followed advice to avoid it but still losing my babies!  
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