Butterfly Friendly Plants

Achillea

Dianthus

Larkspur

Scabious

Agastache

Dimorphotheca

Lavender

Schizanthus

Blackberry

Dracocephalum

Limnanthes

Sweet William

Broom

Erigeron

Lupin

Teasel

Buddleia

Geranium

Michaelmas Daisy

Thymus

Candytuft

Ipomoea

Matthiola

Tropaeolum

Cornflower

Hollyhock

Mesembryanthemum

 

Convolvulus

Honesty

Primrose

Bee Friendly Plants

Annual

Ageratum

Alyssum

Calendula

Candytuft

Aster

Borage

Canary Creeper

Cornflower

Clarkia

Convolvulus

Coreopsis

Cosmos

Dimorphotheca

Eschscholzia

French Marigold

Gaillardia

Godetia

Gypsophila

 

Perennials

Achillea

Alyssum

Aguilegia

Arabis

Aubrietia

Campanula

Canterbury Bells

Chives

Digitalis (foxglove)

Erigeron

Geranium

Geum

Helenium

Hollyhock (single flowered varieties)

Iberis

Lavender

 

Lythrum

Marjoram

Michaelmas Daisy

Myosotis

Penstemon

Poppy (oriental)

Primrose

Rosemary

Rudbeckia

Salvia jurisicii

Scabious

Sedum

Siberian Wallflower

Sidalcea

Thyme

Verbena bonariensis

 

Lavatera

Limnanthes (poached egg plant)

Linum

Matthiola (night scented stock)

Mignonette

Moricandia

Nasturtium

Nigella

Night Phlox

Phacelia

Poppy

Saponaria

Scabious

Statice

Sunflower (avoid pollen free varieties)

Verbena

Viscaria

Zinnia.

 

 

 

Summer is here!

Summer has arrived and we have been fortunate enough to have a really great summer so far. Temperatures have soared, hardly a breeze in the air and whilst I am not a sun worshipper I have to admit I have enjoyed my garden more this year. Last year we hadn’t long moved in and the people before us had lived here 18 years and had never gardened, in fact the only thing they used the garden for was plumbing supplies that they had left over when putting in the new bathroom. Along with the plumbing supplies, which I didn’t find until afterwards, was 6 foot high in weeds.

This year I have borders, a greenhouse, a pond, a chicken coop and run, vegetables grown, a start of a lawn and lovely areas for my children to play.

Hopefully you will have had chance to enjoy your garden as well as the beginnings of a successful harvest.

Your greenhouse should be at full steam ahead now but don’t forget to keep up the watering and feeding and remove the lower leaves from your tomato plants to enable them to focus their efforts on the fruit.

With regard to pruning, it isn’t too late to summer prune your apples, I have removed apples from the tree to leave about 3 in each bunch to enable those to grow bigger ready for autumn picking. The ones I take off I have used to make chutney and the ones that could a bit damaged I have fed to the chickens so nothing needs to be wasted.

Once your raspberries have finished fruiting prune them ready for new growth, I still have raspberries coming at the moment so will wait another few weeks.

And finally it may seem like the season is over, you have a lot of bare patches of land not being used but you can keep sowing over the summer to keep your garden productive over winter and into next year. I have listed some ideas below:

Outside

1. Dwarf French beans (I live in Southern England so still quite warm here, I can usually get away with sowing up until end of August, our first frost doesn’t start until end of October)

2. Carrots, beetroots, parsnips, turnips.

3. Winter radishes and swede

4. Swiss chard and leaf beet

5. Oriental Greens

6. Lettuce (move over to winter varieties), rocket, cress.

7. Fennel

8. Spring cabbage

9. Bunching and spring onions.

Greenhouse

1. Coriander

2. Salad crops

Hope this gives you some food for thought.

Sorry

Just want to apologise for the blog posts regarding my journalist reports, had a bit of a bother between both my blogs so posted to the wrong one, Sorry but hope you enjoy them anyway, if not please ignore them and move on and we will go back to gardening.

🙂

 

Louisa

We are all off on a Summer Hollie-Day

It has been in the news, the papers, the internet. The beautiful Hollie Gazzard who suffered at the  hands of a man who just couldn’t take no for an answer. The community has been amazing, I know her father Nick himself was so overwhelmed by the support he and his family have received. I had the pleasure in meeting them all and they truly are an inspiration.

Hollie Day