The bigger one is bigger than in the photo now! And the smaller one seems to have got a bit smaller lol. The flower has completely fallen off the bigger one now too and the stalk seems to be getting a bit thicker.
Echinops (common name, Globe Thistle) - Bee's absolutely love this plant. I have got one in my garden and there is usually two or three bees per head.
Lavandula officinalis (common name, Lavander)
Verbena bonariensis, Verbena rigida (same as V. bonariensis, just lower growing)
Lavatera (common name, Tree Mallow) - You can get annual and perennials of this type of plant. The perennial type I've got can grow big, and I prune it back every year. Bee's love this plant!
I've just had a quick look on a website that lists plants for bees (can't think of anymore off the top of my head (rofl)) and I noticed Heliotrope (Heliotropium) is listed.. stay away from this plant, as it is poisonous to dogs. I am not sure about the plants I've listed, whether they're safe or not, though I thought I'd mention about the Heliotrope!
You could sow some wild flower seeds (specifically for attracting wildlife) in a pot - This is something I was going to do this year, but forgot about! I will deffenertly be sowing some next year
orpheous87: Wow, they look so cool! What variety have you grown?
I honestly have no idea!! The ones with hundred in the name I think. Not 100% sure though. They came in a pack from Tesco aimed at children lol.
As for herbs for dogs, I've grown rosemary, parsley and mint so far. There may be some sage hanging around somewhere too. We also have lavender for them too. I want to grow fennel, garlic, dandelion, chamomile and calendula too. And maybe echinacea. I'd also like to grow some of that grass they're always eating outside but I have no idea how to go about doing that. I took some seeds from the grass in the field, but they haven't grown
Buddleias grow well in our garden & as a result we have plenty of butterflies, Red admirals, Peacocks, Cabbage Whites but unfortunately when the sun is out so is Lexie, getting her daily exercise trying to catch them
We grow Lemon Balm & Nepata Six Hills Giant(catmint) for the cats as well as some ornamental grasses which they like pouncing on or hiding in. 2 particularly good plants for hiding & shade are Persicaria Amplexicauris & Fatsia Japonica.
We also have shrubs (including Hebe) which provide shade in summer & shelter from rain in all seasons We've got a few trees but only really a Silver Birch which is really suitable for climbing. We had a Eucalyptus but had to have it removed as the roots were getting to close to the house! Roman, in particular, liked to climb that as the branches came out over the lawn (& our heads!!!)
We also have Lavender, Rosemary & Sage but mainly as decoration, scent & culinary usage rather than the cats, they don't seem to take any notice. Hadn't thought about using them for medicinal purposes though.
Happy days with Roman, Osiris & Lexie (remembering Chloe & Penny)
I still have a lot of flowers out in my garden - nasturtiums, dahlias, cosmea, laveteras and chrysanthemums. I have been waiting for the chrysanthemums to come out for ages and now they are in full bloom in 3 plant troughs in front of the house - they look gorgeous - must take a photo.
Everybody loves to garden because it means fewer trips to the store for fresh food. Your entire crop will be determined by the amount of pruning and preparing you do in the spring, so you need to make sure to start getting prepared today. Go out and plant!
do you like this lotsofcats because you can get a loan
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
Sept 6, 2017 12:51:54 GMT
caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
Sept 11, 2017 17:19:03 GMT
scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
Sept 21, 2017 14:18:37 GMT
scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
Sept 21, 2017 14:19:00 GMT