At the beginning of the year I received an email from one of our members about a small native plants project in her Edinburgh garden. Although the local cat population is keeping the birds away, she has had a good deal of success attracting bees, butterflies and moths.
In her shady back garden, she has planted a holly screen comprising of 2 or 3 native species, and now has red berries all winter. The small paved front area has a selection of wildflowers in large pots. After a couple of years trial and error, the current wildflower success stories are red dead-nettle, rock rose, white campion, dropwort, lady’s bedstraw, native white clover and in particular thrift.
For container growing, she recommends watering very regularly – everyday from Spring through into Autumn and even in Winter if there is a dry spell. However at any time of year, never water when it is frosty!
I suspect a good deal more gardening than normal is going on this Spring. If you have any stories to share, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, no project too small. Or share your photos on Instagram using #BFTSpring2020 and tag @bordersforesttrust in your posts.