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LIZ POT­TER Ed­i­tor, Gar­den An­swers Matt has found an ‘ac­ci­den­tal’ Hawthorn in one of his flower beds, which should be a bless­ing. Hawthorn pro­vides food for more than 150 dif­fer­ent in­sect species, so is a very valu­able ad­di­tion to any wildlife gar­den. After the clus­ters of flow­ers in May, it de­vel­ops red berries, beloved by birds such as Black­birds, Red­wings, Star­lings and Green­finches, by the au­tumn. It tol­er­ates a wide va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. It also sup­ports many in­sect species, such as Hawthorn Shield Bug, ear­wigs, bum­ble­bees, Cockchafers, etc, which them­selves are eaten by other in­sects, Wrens, Great Tits and more. If you buy a Hawthorn, make sure it comes from nurs­ery-grown Bri­tish stock. Con­ti­nen­tal va­ri­eties flower at dif­fer­ent times and are more prone to mildew than na­tive strains.

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