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Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 20:40
Hi All,
Just to let you know I have a lovely patch of wildflowers in full bloom now in
my wildflower patch. I have cornflowers (in bud) oxeye daisies just opening,
red campions looking lovely, cowslips (now more or less over - do they self seed?).
Just waiting for the sneezewort (ha ha!) ladies bedstraw and clover to get going.
Nutcutlet, I was sorry to see your cow parsley has gone rampant in another post.
Having some of that in flower right now (only one plant) should I be scared? I didn't hve much success with growing seeds in seed trays, but the ones I put
straight into the ground are coming on a treat - mostly poppies, cornflowers,
clover etc. I covered them with fleece so the pigeons couldn't eat them and
they seemed to really like it. Will let you know how it goes in a few weeks.
On the subject of bees (the main reason I'm growing the wildflowers) I haven't
seen more than two or three in my garden, even though the apple blossom is
lovely. I feel it's a bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted,
but I do hope this isn't the case.

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 22:38
Hi everyone - I still only have my six oxeye daisies and they're doing very well
now in individual pots, but still too small to plant out yet. A question I need to
ask which will probably sound very silly (bearing in mind I'm new to all this)
is - would it be o.k. to plant celandines and/or buttercups in my wildflower plot,
or are they too invasive? I love the bright yellow of both of these but would be
very grateful to hear from those of you who know about these things, if it would
be unwise to plant them. Because of my apparent inability to grow things from
seed I have bought several healthy plug plants to get things going, so will let you
know how they go on shortly.

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 22:16
Thanks for that Andy - I will certainly follow your advice.

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 12:51
Hi again Nutcutlet - thanks for your advice - I will start leaving them out
from tonight and plant them next week in the wildflower garden. I'll let you
know how things go (or should I say grow!!)

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 22:25
Hi Nutcutlet - I'm retired too - just can't stop getting up early - old habits die hard
I guess!! I'm sorry to report that since my last post I still only have one
more oxeye daisy germinated so far, but as the weather has been mostly dull
and cold here on the south coast I expect that hasn't helped germination
even though they are indoors. The first six appeared after one of the few sunny
days we've had - I've put them on a south facing window sill in the hope it'll
encourage some more. The wildflower plants in pots I bought from the local
nursery are really growing huge and I wonder when it will be safe to put them into
the garden. I bought red clover, field scabious and (because I was fed up) two
oxeye daisy plants!! I've been putting them out in the daytime and bringing
them in at night, but don't know how long I should keep doing this before planting
them in my wildflower garden - your advice would be much appreciated.

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:56
I shall be down looking at them through my magnifying glass tomorrow morning
at 7 a.m. Nutcutlet! It was at that time today I first spotted them and I swear
there wasn't a sign of them when I tucked them up in bed last night!! I'll let you know if and when I get significant others - 'til then, many thanks for your support.

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 20:28
Hi Everyone,
Just to let you know that today I have just six tiny little oxeye daisy seedlings
popping up. I can't quite believe it - I've waited so long for them to germinate
I'd given up. Last weekend (to cheer myself up) I'm ashamed to say I went
and bought some oxeye daisy plants in pots from our local garden centre - they
are quite big and were already potbound so I've transferred them to an empty
tub I had in the garden and they're doing fine. Having six little oxeyes , do you
think some more may come up now, or do you think that will be the lot?

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 19:22
Thanks Nucutlet I'll let you know what happens! More rain forecast here
for tomorrow - will it ever stop!!!

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 20:05
Many thanks Man of Ken and Nutcutlet. I really appreciate your advice and
am pleased to tell you that for the past two weeks I've had all my wildflower
seeds outdoors. We've just had, rain, rain and more rain here on the coast
in Dorset and I've been really worried my seeds would "drown". So I've been
leaving them exposed for about half and hour in the rain, then putting the
propogation lids on them so they don't get swamped. The only thing is, I
wonder whether, if and when we do get a frost, the propogation lids may give
them too much protection from the cold. What do you think? I have a feeling
that one of my oxeye daisies is just beginning to sprout today and I'm so
excited about that, as I really love these flowers - they're so pure and white and
bee friendly!
Good to hear from you - I'll keep you posted!

Save our bees

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 23:03
Have just emailed my MP re this. Hope Owen Paterson does a U-turn
on this one!

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