Snake’s Head Fritillary

Fritillaria ThumbnailCan you believe that this is a British wild flower? It’s so beautiful and unusual with it’s checkerboard markings. Wild meadows supporting this plant have almost vanished here in the UK which is a shame because their early flowers provide nectar for our pollinating insects. Bees love them!

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The Great British Garden Revival

Wildflowers ThumbnailThe BBC has not sent Monty Don and his chums for a four month holiday as I previously thought. When Gardeners World vanished from our TV screens in November I wondered what the planners were thinking. Gardening is one of the top hobbies here in the UK and it struck me that gardeners or would be gardeners are not really catered for in the same way as armchair sports fans or would be bakers, antique collectors, interior designers or even property developers come to that.

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How to collect Cornflower Seeds

Cornflower Did you know that you can collect seed from many popular garden plants? In fact it’s often better to collect your own seed. Then you can choose plants that you know and love. If you time it just right you’ll find green seeds for sowing now or dry seeds to store for sowing next year. It’s good to be able to see the parent plants and choose the best specimens to gather seed from.

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Homes for Insects

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A visit to the national Wildflower Centre at Liverpool has more to offer than wildflowers. A wall of insect homes has been created from old building materials, timber and cardboard. It’s been there a while and has been colonised by plants too. Some of the plants are grown for the insects, or more accurately for their larvae. For example wild hops are food for the caterpillars of the Peacock butterfly.

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