Butterflies are well known pollinators, fluttering from flower to flower on delicate wings during the warm summer months. Moths on the other hand are largely forgotten and not often thought of as critical pollinators. Instead many see moths as flame obsessed nighttime pests! Yet these beautiful creatures are vital pollinators which have been in decline for … Continue reading Butterfly and moon gardens for moths
Ponds are one of the best ways to create habitat and invite wildlife into your garden, which we explored in previous weeks with "Wildlife ponds in your garden" and "Plants for your Wildlife pond". To show you how a pond can enhance your garden we will be following Dawn's garden as it receives a wildlife … Continue reading Invite wildlife into your garden with a delightful new pond
With its close links to the month of May, I have chosen lily of the valley as our plant for this week. Lets take a closer look shall we?
Origins of no dig cultivation methods are not completely clear, but the benefits of having healthy soil, bountiful crops with minimal work is clear! Managing your allotment/home vegetable garden using techniques such as double digging are time consuming, labour intensive and damage the delicate balance which exists in soil between beneficial bacteria, insects and microbial … Continue reading No dig, ditch back-breaking cultivation and grow great vegetables
Many people rent properties and cannot always change their garden structure (such as having decked, paved or concreted areas), or you may only have small areas which are paved over. Don't let this stop you from creating a mini wildlife haven on your doorstep this year. Get creative and grow beautiful flowers, shrubs or even … Continue reading No garden? No problem, why not grow a container garden?
Stop, don't panic! No need to tear out your hair over heavy clay soil, which is often seen as the gardeners bane! Clay soil doesn't have to be a nightmare requiring huge amounts of soil improvements, instead we can create some wonderful gardens by working with the soil types we have, observing and working with … Continue reading Heavy clay soil? Do not pull your hair out look at these clay loving plants!
Aquilegia is the star of the show this week with it's unusual but charming flowers and adorable foliage.
Previously we covered the basics of wildlife ponds and their importance in gardens. To expand on our pond series we will be looking at native UK water plants which can be perfect for your pond. Choosing water plants can be tricky, but makes all the difference to water levels, oxygen levels, nutrient balance, soil erosion and managing … Continue reading Plants for your wildlife pond
Flowers within flowers producing food for bees, butterflies and birds? Find out more in this weeks plant of the week blog featuring Echinacea purpurea.
Roses belong to the genus Rosa, which includes over 150 species with fossil records placing many roses species over 35 million years old, but it was not until late in the 18th century that cultivated roses were introduced into Europe. So many species/cultivars of roses have been created in the last few hundred years, with traits such as double … Continue reading Working with and knowing your roses