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Plants for Bugs

RHS research project monitoring insects in native and non-native garden border plants.

Naughty Nibblers

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 16 Aug 2012 at 02:34 PM

Hoverfly on Scabious

Over the last few weeks we have noticed that some of our flower heads have been going missing!  Although we have not found the culprit in action we have our suspicions...

Exhibit A: Lamb's ears (Stachys byzantina) with all stems snipped short.    Suspected offender: Mice or voles.

Exhibit B: Purple loosestrife  (Lythrum salicaria) at Deers Farm with mysteriously nibbled tops. Suspected offender: roe deer.

We've also been doing a spot of pruning ourselves. Some of the roses in the native beds at Howards Field have now got far too big for the beds. Rather than butcher the plants we got the help of a rose expert (Leigh Hunt, Principal Horticultural Advisor). Leigh demonstrated how we could shorten some of the growth without loosing too many rose hips or flowers for next year.

Apologises to Leigh for all the scratches!

 

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