Night scents and The Nottingham Catchfly

This episode is all about sweet scents and fragrant clouds enveloping your evening garden, plus of course why night flowering plants are good for wildlife. We also talk about a lovely native night-flowerer, the Nottingham Catchfly or Silene nutans.

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Ellie’s Wellies – Organic Gardening | Facebook

No Mow May

Every Flower Counts | Plantlife

Why Every Flower Counts (Spring into Action talk) – YouTube

UK Wildlife Podcast – UK Wildlife (

BBC iPlayer – The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn

The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland | The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland (

Next book club

ISBN: 9781784727147

RHS Do Bees Need Weeds – Books from the RHS Garden Design

RHS Do Bees Need Weeds | NHBS Field Guides & Natural History

Science of scent

What can I plant to help bats in my garden? | Sussex Wildlife Trust

Bats as pollinators – Why bats matter – Bat Conservation Trust

Frontiers | Insect Odorscapes: From Plant Volatiles to Natural Olfactory Scenes | Physiology (

Changing odour landscapes: the effect of anthropogenic volatile pollutants on plant–pollinator olfactory communication (

Plant Volatiles: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives: Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences: Vol 25, No 5 (

Diprion pini | NBN Atlas

Closterocerus ruforum (

Choice night-scented plants

Jasminum officinale | common jasmine/RHS Gardening

Trachelospermum jasminoides | star jasmine/RHS Gardening

Wisteria floribunda | Japanese wisteria/RHS Gardening

Hosta plantaginea | fragrant plantain lily/RHS Gardening

Pittosporum tenuifolium | tawhiwhi/RHS Gardening

Hesperis matronalis | dame’s violet/RHS Gardening

Nicotiana sylvestris | woodland tobacco plant/RHS Gardening

Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ | tobacco plant ‘Lime Green’/RHS Gardening

Zaluzianskya ovata | night scented phlox/RHS Gardening

Oenothera biennis | common evening primrose/RHS Gardening

Matthiola longipetala subsp. bicornis | night-scented stock/RHS Gardening

Silene noctiflora – Night-flowering Catchfly | Wild Flowers | Species | Emorsgate Seeds – (01553) 829 028 (

Lonicera periclymenum | common honeysuckle/RHS Gardening

Silene nutans – The Nottingham Catchfly

Silene nutans | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (

Silene Nutans L. on JSTOR

Silene_nutans_species_account.pdf (

Nottinghamshire history > A History of Nottinghamshire: Flora and Fauna (1896) (

Historic Nottingham Catchfly to return to the Castle grounds a century after it disappeared – Nottinghamshire Live (

Coleophora nutantella – UKMoths

Netted Pug Eupithecia venosata – UKMoths

White Spot (

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