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

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Gale damage repairs

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 01 Nov 2013 at 02:31 PM



When all is said and done, the Plants for Bugs plots actually got off very lightly after last weekends gales in the South. But there was still a bit of tidying to do yesterday. A number of the climber supports had blown over so it was out with the post-basher to drive in some wooden posts and then a lot of tying with twine.


Another casualty was a couple of the brooms (Cytisus) over at the more exposed site at Deers Farm. One was dead and due to be replaced anyway, but another had been wind rocked and was now leaning over onto some of the other plants. Hoping it will survive the lean, I decided a bit of remedial action with the pruning saw was necessary;



While we were busy at Deers, we heard a loud mew or screeching. No, not a halloweed ghoul but a very large bird of prey being flown in the sports field alongside us! Any ideas what it might have been?



Simon said:

Just wondering when the results of the trail will be coming out?

on 18 Nov 2013 at 02:56 PM

Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs said:

Hi Simon. The sampling is coming to an end this December (that's four year's worth of data to analyse!) and the first of possibly a short series of papers will be worked on by our entomologists this winter and into the spring. We hope to have the first paper - one looking at the flower visiting insects or pollinators - published by around May 2014 but as with most peer-reviewed publications there is no set timetable. As each paper comes out I will prepare an online bulletin to capture the messages for gardeners and designers from that element of the research. We hope more papers (and their bulletins) will follow through the remainder of 2014 and likely as not into 2015. Our blog readers will be first to hear of any results, no fear!

on 20 Nov 2013 at 04:47 PM