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Now Available

Available, but not featured on the website (so you will need to email us if you wish to order them) are plug plants of Pignut, Thrift and Cow Parsley.

We had a stand at the Floral Fringe Fair, Bignor Park, West Sussex 19th-20th May and met lots of interesting people.

Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) plug plants are sold in April. The next time you can establish this plant is in the autumn by sowing seed.

“Bees, Butterflies & Blooms” programme has made people aware of the dire need to plant flowers that provide nectar and pollen for our bees, butterflies and other insects. Without these our crops will not be pollinated and we are the poorer for their disappearance.  Other wildlife further up the chain, such as birds, also suffer. We are losing so much of our wildlife and must take action.

For a list of some of the best plants, go to our Downloads section under ADVICE.

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26th November to 4th December 2011 is National Tree Week

National Tree Week takes place at the start of the tree planting season. For advice or inspiration take a look at either of these two sites:www.woodlandtrust.org.uk or www.treecouncil.org.uk.

News – October 2011- Entomologist Steven Falk has conducted a study of bees on the Sussex Downs and one of the species of solitary bees, Halictus eurygnathus, which has not been recorded for the last 65 years and was thought to be extinct has been found to be present at seven sites.  Mr Falk said “I discovered that the main requirement of the bee is an abundance of Greater Knapweed, which is one of the special flowers of chalk grassland.”

We have brought out a brand new seed mix to attract a host of different wildlife to your garden – particularly bees, butterflies and other insects.

All seed mixes are available, and Yellow Rattle seed is best sown before Christmas.

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Flowering now

Flowering now in the south of England are Chicory, Harebell, Teasel, Yarrow, Greater Knapweed, Common Toadflax, Lady’s Bedstraw, Cat’s Ear, Musk Mallow and Cornfield Annuals if they were not sown until April.

Poppy_hoverflies_250w_jekPictured below is of course a Common Poppy, which has attracted a large number of hoverflies…

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Identification of British Plants Course 29th – 31st March 2010

The Field Studies Council in association with the Natural History Museum is running a course on plant identification in Lyme Regis, Dorset – you can find the details by going to their website – right click on the following link and open in a new tab/window: http://www.field-studies-council.org/2010/walkingandgeology/jurassiccoast.aspx and scroll down to the bottom of the page for the link.

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Autumn

If you can spare just 3 minutes you ought to take a look at the Autumn slideshow on the www.bbc.co.uk website – photographs of glorious autumn scenes accompanied by extracts of poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Clare.  Right click on the following link and open it in a new tab or window: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8345213.stm

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Poppies

Poppy_field_mwide_jekPoppies, usually seen in full flower in July, have appeared following a ploughing earlier this year of land owned by the farmer and conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner.  Many people have been stopping to take photographs of this unusual site at the time of year (October 2009).

Customers in Tisbury, Wiltshire, sowed our Wild Flower Meadow Mix and Cornfield Annuals seed in early April and have been thrilled with the results in July (see picture below).

The flowers you see are the annual ones which give tremendous colour in the first year whilst the perennial wild flower meadow species germinate and will take over next year.

Cornfield_annuals_D_C_2_lNow it is necessary to take a cut – and remove the cuttings – to give space and light for the emerging perennial seedlings.

Cornfield Annuals seed can be sown in Autumn or Spring and will flower the following June/July.

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