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Plants for Bugs

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

Visitors galore

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 06 Sep 2012 at 12:33 PM

 

Beautiful Peacock Butterfly on hemp agrimony

 

Today is the second day of Wisley Flower Show so with the sun shining people are out in their droves. This is good for Plants for Bugs because all the visitors coming from the overflow carparks down in Wisley Village come straight past our plots on their way to the toilets/coffee shop/show.

And being that we were weeding on the beds, we had many questions to answer. The most popular being 'what's that big purple flower'? The answer, in case you were wondering, was Joe Pye Weed or Eupatorium maculatum which is towering at nearly 10 foot tall!

Visitors to Wisley Flower Show coming in the end gate

Below is John watering our new plants that have been planted this season. Our sandy soil doesn't wet very readily so repeated waterings at hourly intervals is the only way we can be sure the water is penetrating to the roots. Still, we're not complaining that we finally have some sunny days to enjoy. 

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