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Help! My Japanese Maple is covered in bugs

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 21:26

Hi Mrs O,

Try using a spray of diluted Neem oil ... it is totally organic.

See this link for further info.

and this one for how to make it.

Works for me!



Bee friendly plants for plot with natural springs?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 17:51

Hi D&C ... sounds like it could be a lovely area.

Some plants to consider include:-

Filipendula purpurea (purple meadowsweet) 

Rodgersia aesculifolia

Ligularia przewalskii .

(Just buy one of each plant .... they are easy to split).

Astrantias might also be nice there.

Be honest now

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:10

Saltwater swimming pool for mine.

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 22:03

Hi Astrudle,

I collect them in the autumn, dry them by hanging the flower heads upside down in a brown paper bag in the shed. Once dry they shake out easily. I sow asap and leave in a coldframe over winter. 

I get good germination over a long period of time ... so I just pot them up individually and grow on until big enough to plant out.

I didn't have any success with bought packets of seed ... which is why I bought a few plants originally so I could add to them using fresh seed.

Good luck!


Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:32

Hi Justin,

I leave all the growth on over the winter ... and leave the plants in the ground. I pile up leaf mould over the base. They've all survived for the last 3 years (Southern Scotland).

I also sow seeds (fresh from the plants in the late summer) and over winter these in a cold frame. So I've now got a sizeable drift from an original planting of 6 plants ...  and will keep adding each year.

Lime flower bee food

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 19:38

Hi Maggie,

Bees do adore lime flowers ...  and it makes the most delicious honey ... so I do hope your trees recover.

You might want to consider big blocks of Phacelia tanacetifolia and/or Borage. Both very pretty ... and both very easy from seed.

I keep honey bees and find they really like both of these.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 07:59


The mix is 10ml in 2L of warm water with a splash of washing up liquid.

Neem can be solid at room temperature and won't pour ... I put mine in the airing cupboard for a few hours before using so it pours easily.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 15:34


Have a look at this link for some info.

I make up a spray of neem oil and as soon as growth starts in April I drench the foliage. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below the plant as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I repeat spray every couple of weeks.

Neem is best used prevantatively. It is totally organic and although it stinks a bit is easy to mix up and apply.

I got mine off ebay .... wasn't expensive for a big bottle which will last ages. At room temperature it is solid, but goes liquid again with a couple of hours in the airing cupboard.

I spray my lilies (and fritillaries), a couple of gooseberry bushes, and my solomon's seal as it works for sawfly.

Works for me.

Calla lily not flowering

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:07

Hi Lena,

Take care how you feed when you start watering again in Spring.

First year I just used normal houseplant feed and got too much foliage and no flowers. Since then I've used tomato feed and got a good balance of flowers to leaves.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 11:10

That's very useful info Dove .... many thanks.

I keep my oriental lilies in large pots so I can pop into spaces in the garden when needed. I repot them every year and check over for any intruders. I also spray with neem oil solution as the foliage appears and at intervals throughout the year.

Been doing this for a couple of years and so far so good.

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