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Large black insects on my Solomon's Seal

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 12:53

Yes, it's sawfly. Although the leaves will grow back next year, you will get the sawfly back, too. Leaving them will allow a cycle to develop, so it's well worth killing them.

tree lillies

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 11:30

It could well be lily beetles, or their larvae, causing the damage. Spiders don't eat plants, so they're not too blame.

Look out for bright scarlet beetles or their larvae, which look like small piles of bird droppings.

Fatsia japonica

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 11:27

It doesn't ned ericaceous compost, no.

What it does need is to be reasonably dry and not in much direct sunshine, or it'll go yellow. Is yours in a soggy spot, perhaps?

As already said, shelter from strong winds is also important.

Is ivy a good thing or a bad thing?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 12:07

I'd agree with the earlier comments - it needs keeping in check.

Definitely keep it off your trees, because it will kill them. Don't let it roam free in your garden, either, because it will strangle other things and eventually get so established that it'll become a serious nuisance and almost impossible to remove.

Hanging basket in shade

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 17:49

Busy lizzies and begonias do fine, as will ivy-leaf geraniums if you plant two baskets and keep one in the sunshine - swap it with the one in shade every couple of weeks.

Dahlia grown from seed

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 17:44

Yes, I'd agree. They need to be going outside now to start flowering soon.

Advise needed

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 17:43

I would have thought that annual bedding plants would be perfect for you - things like lobelia cascading down the sides, and shorter flowering annuals, such as alyssum or the shorter bedding asters, on top.

lilac tree cuttings

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:27

Does the tree have no suckers coming from it? They would be the easiest way to get a cutting, unless it is grafted.

Seeds & cuttings on a windowsill

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:25

The reason that your seedlings and cuttings are so poor is indeed the atmosphere. Growers can give their plants ideal conditions, whilst yours have had poor light and been too warm on top of the radiator - that has encouraged them to grow lanky.

Before puting them out in the garden, you should have been putting them outside on warm days and bringing them in at night - that would have helped them to thicken up. You still need to do this before planting them out now, for at least a fortnight.

Once your fuchsias are outside, they will improve considerably, and you should find that they (and most of the seedlings) will give you a good show.

Hosta flowering - shall I or shan't I?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 22:39

I leave mine to flower, as well, and it certainly hasn't affected them adversely as two are over five feet across!

It is true that they flower very late (or mine do, anyway) and the dying flowers do signal deteriorating leaves, too, but since that's usually late September it's not a problem.

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