In the winter months, when plants are dormant, it is time to fill in any gaps in your hedge or indeed plant a new hedge.
Hedges are a wonderful habitat for birds, small mammals and insects. And they look great too! If you want one that will keep its leaves through the winter, plant either Beech or Hornbeam as although they are not evergreen they keep most of their leaves throughout the winter and only shed them in Spring when the new ones are about to appear.
Bluebell, wild daffodil and snowdrop bulbs are all now available.
Autumn is also a brilliant time to add wildflower plants to your garden. The soil is warm and so roots can establish quickly.
If you want to attract bees to your garden, take a look at an old page on the BBC site for ideas or just order our Plant collection for bees & other insects.
An article written by Helen Briggs – BBC Environment Correspondent – says that “Planting farmland with strips of flowers can boost the number of wild bumblebees, a study has confirmed.” This message bears repeating again and again – action needs to be taken, not least because bees play an essential role in the pollination of our crops.
Recent studies have shown that 1 in 10 wild bees faces extinction in Europe. The European Red List, drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, found 9.2% of nearly 2,000 species are threatened with extinction.
Another 5% are likely to be threatened in the near future.
Threats include loss of habitat from intensive farming, pesticide use, urban development and climate change.
Isn’t it wonderful when the first Snowdrops appear again and sparkle amongst the grass.
You can add some to your garden now. They are such good value.
This weekend why not take part in the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch.
Plant bulbs such as Bluebells, Snowdrops and wild Daffodil
Thank you to all who bought Poppies from us this year – as a result Really Wild Flowers has given a donation of over 10% of the profit to the charity Help for Heroes.
Red Campion and Foxgloves are now brightening up the road verges and Birdsfoot Trefoil in meadows will soon be attracting bees and butterflies. Hope there are lots of wildflowers where you are – if not, then get planting!
The Spring sowing of wildflower seed can normally carry on until late April and even into early May if there is still rainfall to help germination.
Wildflower plug plants can be planted virtually all year round – just remember to water them regularly until they have established.
Ideal time to plant Cowslips – at the reduced price of 73 pence per plug until 28th April.