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My garden is really infested with them they have killed a few nasturtium seedlings that germinated, my cestrum tomentosum is covered top to bottom in them and they are all over my Californian poppy seedlings. Sprayed them all with soapy water that seems to have done the trick but am going to keep a good eye on them. Something's eating my clematis leaves and stems on the young ones and cant figure out what it is also.


What ate my young clematis, stems and leaves, were 5 snails

I have a large population of aphids on one of my pyracanthas, but I know it won't harm the shrub as it's huge. I watched a hoverfly zooming around today and picking them off for a tasty snack.. teehhee. I haven't noticed anymore than normal though, but I have used the soapy water on some smaller plants. I expect snails/slugs are to blame for the clematis like Busy-Lizzie.

Just keep doing what your doing


I thought it was just me who had a infestation of aphids. 


Perki, have a warm sudsy bath - that'll get rid of them............





 Hahaha not literally me infested with aphids 


Can't say I've noticed any more than usual.

Move a few miles to Washington Cairnsie, I haven't many aphids at all this year but far more ladybirds than ever. Instead of my feeders being filled with peanuts I've used sunflower hearts. Currently half price at Wilkinsons. This has seemed to attract a lot more tits and green finches so I assume the aphids are being pecked up too.


May have to try it out I have not spotted any ladybirds so far either

Blooming heck David that must deal with a massive infestation glad it's not my garden!  I like the idea of this type of natural spray but I'd need to scale it down a bit! I wonder how it works? 


spotted some green ones on the fuchsias in my greenhouse 

They duly got sprayed 


They are very persistent and keep coming back i'm already onto my 3rd spraying of my plants at the minute but the spray is definitely killing them but more seem to return. Think I might have to mix a big vat David's industrial strength recipe to see them off finally


They are very persistent too in my garden and GH in East Yorkshire. 

I'm having to check the under sides of each leaf on every plant in my GH as much as I can and promptly squish or spray depending on how angry I feel with them lol

i have very little problem with greenfly ever, only on sick seedlings inside, and they always seem to die anyway. What would be the best thing for them?  On trying to mow my smallish amount of grass I lifted off 37 ladybirds first. Thinking about the saying about mice, 6 hidden for everyone seen, there must have been a massacre.  What do ladybirds eat if they don't get aphids? As I said I don't have any yet anyway.


I've seen lots of ladybirds but they don't seem particularly interested in my Aphids, even after I have brought them to them! lol


I haven't seen any aphids yet, I usually get ants farming them on the cherry blossom tree but not this year.


..conflicting reports going on there... my garden is alive with aphids and I first noticed them on my roses as early as February this wet winter...I hose them off long as you don't find one crawling across your pillow....then all is not too bad....


If an infestation appears to be too much for our bluetits to cope with then I use fingers and/or a weak solution of Ecover washing up liquid sprayed on.  Seems to work here and no problem with using it on edible crops