The bonking beetle … These are mostly common red soldier beetles, named for their smart red jackets. They are slim, rather elegant insects, and they spend as much of their adult lives as possible in flagrante delicto. In the rare breaks, they feed on pollen and aphids. These bonking beetles have given themselves up to what William Blake called “lovely copulation, bliss on bliss”. Look out for them on the hogweeds in the hedgerows! #beetles#aphids#sex #pollen #copulation#nature #WilliamBlake ... See MoreSee Less
The Acanthus Mollis (Bears Breeches) can be a bit of a monster, like our one in the Wishing Well Garden. Its tall, vigorous, tropical looking and once you have it, you will always have it. Acanthus Mollis, means 'Cultivated Spiny Bear Bract', because people thought the curved bracts on the flower stalk looked like a bear claw. Over time bract/branca was mis-translated into 'breech', leading to the common name 'bear's breech, so absolutely nothing to do with bear's trousers at all, so that clears that one up! If you want a slightly more polite one, try the Acanthus Hungaricus, now back in stock. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/acanthus-hungaricus/... See MoreSee Less
The leucanthemums look fantastic at the moment. They are such a great backdrop and will happily take over an area slowly. Good for spaces where not a lot else will grow, they like full sun but will tolerate half shade. Ours don't mind our clay or our dry conditions either. Deadhead daily to prolong a long flowering season, cut right down to the ground when they are all finished. Divide by digging up a clump and giving away! (Well you, not us, lol.) Also suitable for cut flowers. We love the contrast of the white with the peach hemerocallis and our shady red bench! #daisy#bigflowers#showy#bold#oldfashioned #white#backdrop#pollinators#insects#cutflowers#cutflowersfrommygarden
We just found this today. Its Prunella Grandiflora Alba, (white self-heal) which is classed as RARE IN THE UK in its native state!!! Omg!!! We will definitely be harvesting these seeds, we do sowing and planting this, but we did NOT sow any white ones!
We love our Goats Rue and we are very pleased with ourselves that we managed to grow it from our seed this year, this is what our white one looks like in the Wishing Well garden! #white#showy#unusual#s#structure ... See MoreSee Less
The Oak Lutestring Moth, (part of the family which includes Common, Satin & Poplar Lutestrings) you probably missed it in the woods its camouflage is so good! Anyway, these moths were named by Benjamin Wilkes in the 18th century, he wrote the first comprehensive guide, 'The English Moths & Butterflies'. Lutestring derives from the French 'lustrine' as these moths have shiny scales. 'Lutestring' also meant to speak silkily but without substance (a good description for our politicians). #moths#mothsuk #butterflies#nectar #bees #pollinators#sunshine... See MoreSee Less
Simon Saville, BC Trustee and Chair of the Surrey & SW London Branch, is half way through his gruelling 1,200 cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats to help fight the decline of butterflies and moths. But he still has a long way to go - and he needs your help to power him through. Can you join him for part of the ride and cycle beside him? Or spare a few pounds to help him reach his fundraising target? Find out how you can help below.
We looked away for five minutes and lo the wishing well rose/triffid has gone mental. A heavy flowerer, a rambunctious grower, not for the faint hearted or small of space, we hard prune in very early Spring. This is Bobbie James, a rambling rose. We do not stock these sorry, we suggest David Austen. #rambling#rose#rambunctious#white#flowers... See MoreSee Less
We love a good idea that helps wildlife and here is one from Dick & Tina woods from Kent. Cleanable, built to last, Kent made & designed bird feeders which prevent the spread of trichomonosis. www.finchesfriend.com/... See MoreSee Less
Finches Friend Cleaner Feeders are designed to help prevent illness and death amongst wild birds. Our feeders have a removable feed station for easy cleaning, multiple feed chambers to offer a variety...