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Vine Weevil

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 21:17

I am not an 'absolutist' but I have seen bees taking pollen from Provado treated plants and dropping dead almost immediately. They did change the formula so it is not as deadly as it was, but since we have spent 20 years building up the bee polulation in this garden, I am not going to take any risks.

We find now that we rarely get any major infestations of anything as the garden seems to be in reasonble balance.

I do use weedkiller, very carefully as there seems to be evidence that it is not broken down in the soil as claimed.

I soray my fruit trees with an Insecticidal soap and later on with Copper sulphate. Will do the potatoes with it as well. But only when the insects are not around.



Posted: 28/04/2013 at 18:05

If the plants in question are on your own property then you may dig them up. However as you say they are tucked away in a wall then seed is the best option. Keep your eye on the plants and collect the seed when it seperates easily from the seed pod. Sow straight away in ordinary cojpost, put somewhere shay and keep moist. Do not bury the seed, it is best surface sown. It should berminate the following Spring.

Or just throw the seed on the soil at the base of the wall and let nature take its cours.

Vine Weevil

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 17:59

If you are not into killing bees by using Neonicotinoids (Vine Weevil Killer) then spread the soil out thinly and go over it with a Weed Wand (Flame gun type thing) or try as we used to do, using a steam wall paper stripper. It sterilises the compost very nicely.

Spellcheck taking over and no emails

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 13:37

Still got this tiny printing in the answer box though.

I find the Spell checker switches itself off each time.

info on celendine plants

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 20:47

Our Brazen Hussy is in fairly deep shade and it has stayed bronze and flowered ok for quite a few years. They are funny in some ways, we had a good collection of the different forms at one stage, but all but that one and the cream one disappeared. Wish I could say the same for the ordinary one.

Iris Katharine Hodgkin

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 10:09

Have you tried the I Frank Elder or I Sheila Ann Germaney, or the I K Hodgkin dark form? The first too are very similar to Kathryn,and I have only seen the latter in shows.

Midges/mosquito help!!!

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 21:25

If you only take water from the tap at the bottom of a water butt then spray the top with WD40, that stops them breeding.

Iris Katharine Hodgkin

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 17:44

This tine font is very hard to use and check the spelling as one goes along.

Iris Katharine Hodgkin

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 17:44

Iris K. Hodgkin is not like a lot of the other dawrf Spring flowering Iris (reticulata species and forms), it makes nice clumps and spread well.  It obviously does grow well from dried bulbs, hence the millions on sale in Autumn.  I would want to wait untiil the leaves had gone before I dug them up though. Possibly oonce they have begun to go yellow might be ok. Otherwise, why not take up the clump and put it in a pot until they have died down, at least them you know where they are.

info on celendine plants

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 17:39

The different colours of Ranunculus ficaria are not as invasive as the straight species. We have a very pale cream one which  has not increased in  volume over the last 10 years or so.

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