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Posted: 14/04/2012 at 15:45

You certainly can do as long as you bring them in if there's a frost predicted.


Posted: 14/04/2012 at 15:44

Yes, as already said, it could be an older type of busy lizzie - they used to be much taller and more gangly before improved by modern breeding.


Posted: 14/04/2012 at 15:42

The easiest way is to pick them off by hand. You can spray with something like pyrethrum, but you have to actually hit the caterpillar, so you might as well just pick it off.

What to do next

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 13:31

I would keep them in pots for at least a year, as the bulbs will be very small. Also, the emerging leaves look a lot like grass and there's a danger you'd weed them out next spring!


Posted: 14/04/2012 at 13:11

Not a disease, but a positional problem. I'd guess that the culprits are snails. If you go out at night with a torch you may find them at work. There may also be caterpillar present - check the backs of the leaves carefully.

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 13:09

Try burying them slightly, so that the tubers are covered - they may not be re-hydrating enough.

Garden pinks

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 13:05

Probably nothing - many of them are actually annuals.

If yours are definitely perennials, then drainage may be the issue - dianthus don't like cold, wet soil and do best when kept fairly dry over winter.

the gardening bbc forum

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:55

A few people are already here, Marty - have a look at this thread:

desperate for advice please

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:51

Poor you!

The easy part is the bird feeders - put those out, either on a bird table or hanging from a post, and the birds will come in time.

After that, spend some time thinking of which insect-friendly plants you had, and which could fit comfortably into pots - you coulld start with a mixture of summer flowers like calendula, poppies and snapdragons, but the majority of shrubs can be grown in pots, too.

Good luck!

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 20:51

Nice to see all you old new faces

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