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icedance

Gardened all my life and have been working in horticulture since 2003, love plants and music among other things.

Foeniculum vulgare 'Giant Bronze'

  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2017
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icedance

I grow this for the foliage and the flower but also because it attracts lacewings and hover flies which in turn munch all the aphids on my Roses 🌹 👍 #crittercontrol

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beckers1974

This is one I was considering for the border - now it's a definite! Thank you! Do you have it planted beside your roses? I was going to plant thyme around the base of mine, is this better?

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nessas

Now that's very interesting Sam and a tip top tip 👌🏻👌🏻

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susanhumphrey333

Good to know Sam. Thanks 👍

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awomanonabike

I love it too but didn't know about the greenfly munchers. #toptip

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icedance

Discovered this a few years ago by chance ... as soon as the flowers came out I noticed that the Rose was clearing of Aphids and the fennel was buzzing with life 👍 looked it up and realised what was going on ... doesn't need to be near the Roses just in the vicinity Rebecca ... the seed heads look gorgeous with frost on in the winter too .. it can be a little keen to self seed but not as much as the green one and easily pulled out 👍 @beckers1974 @nessas @awomanonabike

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beckers1974

Thanks, Sam! I've noticed a load of aphids already this year. Slimers seem to have taken the hint though! 😂

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nessas

Oh definitely going to try this Sam 😊

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icedance

Good news on the 🐌🐌 front @beckers1974

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ukjohnny

..top critter control.. looks good too..

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icedance

Win win 🙂 @ukjohnny

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clipperty

@pellet - Here's a lovely pic of the bronze fennel you saw when out n about - see...well worth growing xx

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