Saturday, 14 April 2012

the hedgerow border comes to life

In March I wrote about the empty hedgerow border and our plans to make it a buzzing, insect friendly corner.

I had collected red campion (Silene dioica) seeds from local wasteground, germinated the seeds and grown them as plug plants during the summer.

Hooray - the little plugs have loved their new home under the hedge and have become mature flowering plants. The first flowers are showing and they will soon be forming vermillion clouds along the boundary.

Also flowering are native primrose (Primula vulgaris). And soon to flower are native foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) and recently added lemon coloured giant verbascum (Verbascum thapsus).

In the polytunnel, pots and pots of native honeysuckle (lonicera perycyclemenum) cuttings and seedlings are growing on, almost ready to provide sweet evening scent intertwined among the hawthorn hedge and birch trees of Picnic Wood.

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