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Stumpery / Mini beast hideout



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,992
    the more logs and stick you can pile up, the more mini-beasts you will attract

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,848
    Yes, but for a garden feature it has to have a few attractive plants with room to grow too.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Looks lovely! I think some native pink foxgloves would go well too :)
  • polbpolb Posts: 198
    Looks fab! B) I've just done something very similar and just planted ferns so far. I'd also thought about some snowdrops and I'm also going to plant a range of foxgloves as I like the idea of tall shoots of colour coming out  from the wood and self seeding. I wasn't sure this was a good idea but pleased to see LauraSquirrel suggesting it :) I've also put some large bundles of small sticks/twigs to fill some of the gaps and I thought little creatures would like this as well. I think if you can get some small creeping plants in any holes in the wood this would look good, tiny ferns too. I popped to Biddulph Grange Gardens for inspiration as they have a great stumpery area there. Worth a visit if you are near to the area.
  • Hey all, yes I do have a pile of smaller twigs, branches and logs at the back of the stumpery to create an additional element to the area. I will also be putting in some fox gloves near the back and leading up to the Rowan.

    In addition to the native bluebells I have planted, I have sown native wildflower seeds across the bare soil on the 'mound' and intend on getting hold of some nettles for the far corner. 

    I'll give it another few weeks and I'll post up some progress pictures.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,346
    You could also add Pasqueflowers which are great in early spring. 
    Primulas [native and drumstick] would be good if you don't have them, and the soil is suitable. If snowdrops do well, they should. 
    Saxifraga urbium [London Pride] will spread as much as Vinca if the conditions are right. Easy enough to pull out. Rabbits will keep vinca under control if you have them  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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