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Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 11:10

In Peterborough I masses of ladybird larvae, although their parents have been elusive. Both greenfly and blackfly populations have exploded, and on most I've also found ladybird larvae feeding, particularly on teh golden hop and apple tree. I also found a hoverfly larvae feeding too.

Some blackfly on my dwarf dahlias are being spread and protected by ants. You'll often find ants among aphids, as they 'milk' teh aphids for the sugary honeydew (sap) they exude, while keeping predators like ladybirds away.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 10:43

Well Lucky3, that sounds like perfect biological recycling!

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 09:35

I don't think teh lid of my bin would keep them in.

Pop them in ... turn your back ... and they'll crawl out!

No, this isn't a native pest so does not have any natural predators. Even the last very cold winter hasn't reduced numbers.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 23:57

There were none first thing this morning, but the heat of the sun appears to have brought them out – well that the the tell-tale sign of chewed leaf edges! I pick them off and crush them. I once made the mistake of placing one on the paving awaiting my boot, but it flew off!

If adults are present then they may have had a chance to lay eggs, so check the underside of leaves for any, and wipe away.

Talkback: Growing pears

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:04
Yes katiebee, that's the lovely thing about having related trees growing in your garden or local area. Crab apples, for instance will pollinate apples, and so on. And BobTheGardener is quite right pointing out that these need to flower at exactly the same time so that bees can transfer pollen from one to the other.

Talkback: Spring blossom

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 22:48

Hi Manx Cats. You're being very patient, as I really would have expected your tree to flower by now. Plums form flowers on shoots that formed the previous year. By its fourth year I would have expected the new growth that developed last summer to have carried flowers this spring.

Perhaps the tree is just putting on too much new growth to have reached flowering and fruiting age, so encourage it to produce flowers by applying a generous feed of Sulphate of Potash fertiliser over the soil around your tree. Potash is the nutrient needed by plants for flowering and fruiting, so is good to use round all fruit trees, bush


Talkback: Spring blossom

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 23:02
Hi Jak, No, I wasn't on this cruise, but hope you can join me on a future one.

Talkback: Spring blossom

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 20:24
Hi Galest.

Wow your plums are early. Which part of teh country do you live?

This sounds like damage from Plum Moth. I'd recommend haning pheromone moth traps in your trees early next year to catch the male moths. It's too late now .... the damage is done.

Dying Off Daffs

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 20:54

Yes, always let bulbs die down naturally, and please don't torture them by tying up their foliage. Some gardeners used to do this to make old foliage look tidier, but just be patient as they're actually feeding teh bulbs that will multiply and build-up to flower is future years.

Like lazy gardener, I alwasy pick off the old faded flower heads to prevent them wasting energy forming seed heads. Just pick off teh head, leaving the stalk to die down in its own time.

However, unlike lazy gardener I prefer drenching soil around clumps of established bulbs with a generous watering can or two of a liquid feed solution, as this gets straight to work. If conditions stay dry there's a chance that pelleted chicken manure will not dissolve and reach the roots, and won't be of any benefit to the bulbs at all.


Talkback: Plant diseases and busy Lizzies

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 20:34
Hi Flowering Rose. Many plant diseases have been 'imported' or have spread to the British Isles in the, including devastating tree diseases.
Downy mildew is a fungus disease, but virus ones can also spread easily in different ways.
I'm not sure where this particular disease came from, but it certainly spread quickly! All we can do is avoid growing problem plants and choose resistant ones instead.

Discussions started by Adam Pasco

Talkback: Christmas chilli

I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it? 
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New flowers to recommend

Can you recommend a new variety of flowering plant to others? 
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Talkback: Glow-worms

Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards i... 
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Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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