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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenleaves View Post
    I will give it a go on the new plot, which unfortunately has a Buddlea that has to go. Years of neglect have made it very woody and its position blocks too much light. I might plant a lilac tree at the top end
    If you like Buddleia they do rejuvenate pretty well. Just saw it off to a few inches from the ground and it will re-sprout. You can do this every spring, it will grow 5 feet high and flower in the summer anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin H View Post
    If you like Buddleia they do rejuvenate pretty well. Just saw it off to a few inches from the ground and it will re-sprout. You can do this every spring, it will grow 5 feet high and flower in the summer anyway.
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    Yes, buddleia are pretty indestructible Even if you cut them right back to inches from the ground they soon sprout and give you loads of flowers just a few months later

    Last year I had nine different species of butterfly on the plot but this year not so many....despite having loads more flowers

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    Is there anything people can do now, or over the coming months to help with next year's challenge ?
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    Have you read the terrible news about the honeybees dying in America? Imagine having no warning of aerial spraying of a toxic insecticide! I wonder about a decline in monarch caterpillars & all wildlife over there. How would it be managed in our country if we had an outbreak of anything & what would be the outcome for all insect species? How could we protect everything & know that proper plans would be made,instead of the devastation happening & then them saying "lessons will be learned" they always say that,so I hope lessons are being learnt now & good luck to everybody finding a vaccine against it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinM67 View Post
    Is there anything people can do now, or over the coming months to help with next year's challenge ?
    Indeed there is Kevin It's the time to be doing an Autumn sowing of wild meadow flower seeds, (September into early November) just scatter the seed on the surface & let nature get on with doing what it does best
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    Great advice above folks.

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