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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillykat View Post
    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
    Did you have caterpillar fodder though? Butterfly Conservation - Gardening
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    This year I've seen very few of the over wintering butterflies - small tortoiseshell, peacock, red admiral. I wonder if they all woke up too soon as the winter was so mild?
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    Count me in. My daughter is still waiting for her own bed dug out for planting flowers (that kick me into gear to get digging), so far all she has is a couple of cosmos still going strong.
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    Its a good way to justify my nettle patch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norfolkgrey View Post
    Did you have caterpillar fodder though? Butterfly Conservation - Gardening
    That's what I plan to work on in 2017 I've already got nettles and will be sowing a meadow/grassland area next week when I have more time off work.

    This week I have added a few more flowering shrubs to my collection...

    Buddleja globosa, Buddleja x weyeriana 'Sungold' and Kerria japonica.

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    The weather is horrible so no playing outside for me today! I don't want to think about the big event that's happening at the end of next month ( you know the one.....where we celebrate some blokes birthday we've never met, eat to much, spend to much, drink to much......that bits not a problem )
    Anyway I've been planing my butterfly garden.
    I still need 6 more plant species. Better make that 7 after seeing Gillykat's beautiful orange buddleia. They are stunning where did you get them if you don't mind me asking?
    So I'm looking for the best place to buy preferably seeds and all in one place (I know some will have to be plants)
    White, pink & orange buddleia
    Honesty
    Broom
    Verbena
    Hyssop
    Hemp agrimony
    Escallonia ( this is not a must have, but it is pretty)
    Any idea would be great. If it involves a day trip to a nursery also good as long as it's in Scotland

    So the plan is, buddleia, broom and escallonia along the edge of the car parking area.
    Everything else in the front garden and block planting. So lots of different colours of the same variety being planted together where possible.
    How's that sound?
    How's everyone else's plans coming on?
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    Honesty is easy from seed I can send you some.
    Which verbena - ?bonariensis. Can be grown from seed.
    Hyssop - seed but I've found it quite difficult.
    Hemp agrimony I "think" I have that in the other garden and its quite invasive.
    Don't know much about the shrubs but the Buddleia Globosa can be grown from seed - sure I've seen them somewhere!
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    Thanks VC.
    Verbena Bonariensis Apparently?
    I wasn't asking so I'd get freebies from anyone
    Thank you for the offer but I did find quite a lot of them from one place and for a very responsible price
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