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Plants for Bugs

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

Tackling a jungle

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 23 Jul 2013 at 08:50 AM



Volunteer Carolyn keeping our plants alive with some watering during this heat wave 


With last summer's rains and this summer's heat, our trial beds at Howard's Field have gone really quite mad with growth. So much so that we started to fear for the safety of visitors trying to walk among the beds. Tumbling honeysuckles and lethally spiny roses sticking out to snag the unsuspecting were just some of the hazards!


First priority was to butcher (ok, prune) the overgrown roses, brooms, viburnums and honeysuckles. Within a couple of hours the trailer that had been dropped off for us was full. I fear this job may need to resume next week. I was careful not to spoil the shape or flowering potential of the shrubs for next year but at least light can now get to the other plants around these bushes. Here's the material off just one rose;



Rose prunings piling up ready for the trailer 



A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on scabious


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