Planting Flowers For The Pollinators #SixOnSaturday @cavershamjj

This week in my part of Hampshire we have had mild rainy days with some glimpses of the sun. The rain is welcome after a dry start to the year. Not a great lot to show you this week. Plants are showing signs of Spring growth, though, so it’s encouraging.

We have a lot of Bluebells in our garden which were here when we moved in. Many of them are spreading over the driveway, so last summer I relocated those in the gravel, although I see I missed quite a few which are again shooting through the stones. I was surprised this week to spot two bluebells coming into flower in the shady front garden bed.

Next photo is of the first of the wild flowers that I’m planting for the pollinators. Red Campion, I have split this into three since buying the one plant. They were growing fast in the new cold frames, so I have risked planting them in the new flower bed. I am hoping that wild flowers will be frost hardy.

Third photo is of the Ox-Eye Daisy, another one for the pollinators. I unsuccessfully attempted to grow one from a cutting last year. Fingers crossed this one enjoys its spot in the sun.

Fourth photo is of Bird’s-foot Trefoil, a yellow flower which I believe I confused with a weed previously, and pulled it up in past years.

Fifth photo is of Jacob’s Ladder. When I went to buy the Bird’s-Foot Trefoil, I got chatting to chap who was tending the wild flowers and he recommended it. This will have purple flowers.

Sixth photo required some limbo moves to capture as the Hellebores are all hanging down. However, I managed to grab this one of our ‘purple’ ones.

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening


33 thoughts on “Planting Flowers For The Pollinators #SixOnSaturday @cavershamjj

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  2. It’s lovely to read something cheerful, thank you. Yes, it’s a pity hellebore flowers are rather shy and hard to photograph. I have some in a raised bed which makes it a little easier. A friend we had lunch with on Sunday had a very pretty arrangement with the flower heads cut short and floating in a bowl of water.

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    • Oh good luck with the cutting. I am contemplating encouraging the wild flowers to take over the front lawn, it’s the only bit of real grass, the back is all astro-turf that we inherited.


  3. That’s a great select of wildflowers there and the Ox-eye daisies should seed themselves around. I’m off to look up Bird’s-foot Trefoil – it sounds rather nice. I wonder if your bluebell might be a Hyacinth – I’ve had a few which have looked very bluebell-like some years.

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    • Thanks Graeme, I didn’t know I had any hyacinth’s in the front bed, now that you’ve mentioned it, I agree it looks like a small hyacinth and it is too early for a bluebell. A bit of a mystery!

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  4. Looking lovely, my hellebore is a pale cream/green one so photos never do it justice. I’ve plenty of daffs and tulips are coming on nicely. I’ve noticed a lot of our trees are starting to bud up and the roses have put on some good growth over the past couple of weeks. Things are definitely moving, I just hope we don’t get a bad cold spell or a frost xx

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  5. Those hellebores are lovely, but shy. I grew Jacob’s ladder years ago and it was a very pretty blue. Unfortunately, it didn’t reappear, I would be interested to hear how you get on…….next year!

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  6. I have to confess to weeding out several red campions last week, and I wouldn’t welcome ox eye daisy either. There are plenty of other wildflowers I do allow but those two would be invasive here.

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