Native vs Non-native plants and Viper’s-Bugloss

This time we tackle the complex topic of whether we should be planting more native plants for wildlife, and what ‘native’ actually means. We also get to discuss the charming Viper’s-Bugloss, which is lending a blue hue to the countryside this month.

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Sightings

Small Magpie (butterfly-conservation.org)

Common Emerald (butterfly-conservation.org)

Cinnabar (butterfly-conservation.org)

ladybird_larvae.pdf (coleoptera.org.uk)

News

Orchid thought to be extinct in UK found on roof of London bank | Wild flowers | The Guardian

Serapias parviflora | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (brc.ac.uk)

Serapias parviflora (orchidsofbritainandeurope.co.uk)

Big Butterfly Count (butterfly-conservation.org)

https://www.gardenbutterflysurvey.org

Native vs Non-Native Plants

Wildlife Gardening Home (wlgf.org)

native_non_native.pdf (wlgf.org)

Plant Alert

Storegga slides | submarine landslides, Norwegian Sea | Britannica

Jennifer Owens studies.pdf (wlgf.org)

Biodiversity of Urban Gardens Project (shef.ac.uk)

Untitled (shef.ac.uk)

Great Dixter Biodiversity Audit | Great Dixter Charitable Trust

Plants for Bugs – RHS science projects / RHS Gardening

Vipers Bugloss

Echium vulgare | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (brc.ac.uk)

Viper’s-bugloss | Wildflower Garden plant selector | The Wildflower Garden (love-wildflowers.org.uk)

Viper’s-bugloss | The Wildlife Trusts

Plantlife :: Viper’s-bugloss

Echium vulgare | viper’s bugloss/RHS Gardening

Echium ‘Blue Bedder’ – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine (gardenersworld.com)

Selfing rates in natural populations of Echium vulgare: a combined empirical and model approach – Rademaker – 1999 – Functional Ecology – Wiley Online Library

Next Book Club

Making a Wildflower Meadow by Pam Lewis

ISBN: 9780711236103

Making a Wildflower Meadow from Summerfield Books

Making a Wildflower Meadow : Pam Lewis, : 9780711236103 : Blackwell’s (blackwells.co.uk)

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