Posts Tagged ‘gardening for wildlife’

Mole problems

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Gardening for wildlife can be very testing, a couple of years ago I had a lot of grass snakes in the garden, they have since moved on much to the relief of my nerves.  Currently I am blighted by moles, gorgeous little creatures I agree however my lawn areas are being churned up, in my polytunnels the salad beds are being hollowed out causing death to my plants and now the moles have moved into my flower beds.  I have tolerated these moles for several years but the situation has become severe.   Extermination a tempting thought but it is not the way forward for a wildlife gardener so I am going to try the following deterrent:

Mix 2 tablespoons of detergent, 6 oz of Castor oil in a gallon of water – mix one ounce of concentrate per gallon of water and apply to the lawn. Re-apply after rain or watering.

Lets see if it works! …


Exotic wildlife

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

I was rather pleased to spot this exotic looking grasshopper basking in the early autumn sun and maybe soaking up the heady scent of Rosa ‘de Rescht’ also.

Growing well – Devon

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

This garden was planted in spring 2015 and it is very exciting to see how well it has established, the hedges have bushed out well and need just a couple more season’s to start approaching the desired height.

The pools attract hundreds of  dipping swallows, a spectacle to behold!

Reclaiming the view

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

It is lovely to have a healthy hedge in the garden full of birds however by mid August I do look forward to reclaiming the view.

Let your grass grow

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Natural meadow area at the centre of Strode College campus, with two table tennis tables in a mown glade at the centre (not shown).  This approach has a lot going for it:  beautiful colours, textures, low maintenance, cheap, easy,  native, beneficial to moths, butterflies and all sorts of other insects…

In a few weeks time the meadow needs to be mown (or scythed) to tidy.

Summer border

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Clients border looking good 2 years after design / planting – Allium sphaerocephalon, Catananche, Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Persicaria, Scabiosa…

The birds are nesting

Monday, April 25th, 2016

My willow sculptures when placed outdoors often prove to be attractive to nesting birds, last night I noticed that a wren has recently built its mossy nest in this old willow flower on the east facing end of the shed.

Dahlia ‘Blue Bayou’

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Dahlias offer a fantastically long flowering season brightening the garden into early autumn. They may not be everyone’s favourite however with the huge variety on offer, it would be very difficult to not find one you like. From miniature pompoms to neat anemones, massive semi-cactus to dainty water lily forms they come in colours ranging from pure white, vibrant orange to deep velvety red.

In my garden I grow Dahlia ‘Blue Bayou’, an anemone type which is very beautiful but it also provides a late source of nectar to insects. This week I have seen a variety of bees, butterflies (comma, peacock) and moths (tiny day time moths as well as larger moths at dusk) feeding from it.

Garden delights

Friday, June 19th, 2015

The beauty of a garden never reveals its whole self to you in one visit, tonight whilst spot watering some new plants, a tiny goldcrest caught my attention. Apparently unafraid, it hopped from branch to branch in the Buddleia then flew over me to the pond and back. It was so close I was able to marvel at its distinctive yellow and black striped head and hear its delicate squeaks. This sighting made my evening but there was more to come when later we spotted a resting privet hawkmoth – large, majestic and elegant with beautifully pointed black wings.

Formal and informal – Devon

Friday, May 29th, 2015

In it’s first year of planting, this wild flower meadow has been designed to reach right into the heart of the formal garden. From here you can step out over the river to glorious Devonshire meadows whilst insects and birds are invited in with rewards of safe nesting in the walls of the kitchen garden.

This finger like meadow creates contrast with the formal canal, rill and clipped hedges (when they have grown that is). It is planted with 1000′s of spring bulbs and wildflower perennials.




The wildflower mix is from Emorsgate Seeds: Cornfield annuals mix http://www.emorsgateseeds.co.uk/