Good point treehugger80
Ah, right. I did not realise it was an obligate epiphyte. I assumed it could survive alone but parasitised grass when the opportunity presented.
Maybe I will keep the rattle separate from the mix and sow it right against the grass edge; keep the mixture for the prepared/raked edge.. Wish me luck and thanks.
I am sowing a lawn edge where the soil is thin, but the grass keeps encroaching into the open edge every I time I clear it I thought if I sowed now then raked in late March/early April I might get the cornflower/poppy mix to germinate
Cornflower poppy daisies clovers rattle cowslips primrose bluebell
I bought a mix of wild flower seed to sow my borders, inspired by Swansea cbc who create wild flower strands alongside many stretches of road. Should I sow now and allow natural vernalisation or hold off until next April?
Plant prolific selfseeders: native foxglove, pink hardy geranium, Lychnis, nasturtium, bulbs for every season, poppy, calendula etc Spot-weed the worst of the weeds only. Let Nature take its course
I enjoy my M. stellata each Spring so I thought I would buy some other species/varieties like Susan. The slugs dont touch the stellata, but they have reduced the new young trees to sticks, despite coffee grounds, copper strips and even pellets. Why are the slugs so keen to eat these young magnolias?
Pot-grown older hedging is always a bad buy. By the time the main stems are 5-6 ft the roots are tangled and starved, less likely to spread. Rootballed hedging is better provided there is a lot of root dug up and wrapped in hessian. Such plants need a wider deeper trench to be planted into, the height should be reduced by half to a third and each plant should be staked or tied in to wire supports for the first few years. Blood fish and bone dressing plus a 4-6" mulch of leaf mould/composted bark will give the hedge the best start. If all conditions good expect 2ft of growth a year, but be prepared to cut back outward growth and make sure the supporting ties are not cutting into the stems