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Neil



Joined: 30 Mar 2007
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Location: Staffs

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:12 am    Post subject: New Plants Reply with quote

Hi Everyone

I thought i would try Cardoons & teasels for the first time this year (hopefully for the Goldfinches) they have come on pretty well so i hope they will be used to good effect by the birds later on.


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Nina



Joined: 01 Apr 2005
Posts: 193
Location: Wimborne Dorset

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some fabulous plants there, did the birds get in there first or did you manage to get the seeds to distribute for next year? Specially as teasels are biennial so you need to get sowing or the birds take all and then no plants for next year!
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davevikingr



Joined: 18 Aug 2008
Posts: 97
Location: Ryedale, North Yorkshire

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good choice for seed plants - and a good point from Nina re the seeds. Another good thing to do with such plants is to leave the dead heads and stems over winter as these provide shelter for the little bugs that go to feed the young birds in spring.
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Tricia



Joined: 08 Apr 2005
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Location: Surrey

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree - good choice of seeding plants there.

Strangely enough, when the feeders were almost empty the other day, I noticed about 5 of the goldfinches were on the sead heads of the Verbena Bonariensis. I normally cut them back after flowering as they seed very freely - almost like weeds! I'm glad I left them now Very Happy

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