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what is this plant..?

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 20:49

Could well be an Allium. did it have an oniony smell?

Too late to treat codling moth?

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 20:40

We have these on every tree. They do not seem to make much difference, sadly. In fact on most occasions there are no codlin moth adults in them, only other insects, stuck to the sticky trap, including bees.

Perhaps we use them wrongly.

Too late to treat codling moth?

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 16:00

This is the one I use Vitax 500ml Winter Tree Wash .

Too late to treat codling moth?

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 12:03

I use a Horticultural soap spray which is reasonably organic. You just do not spray when the bees are about. I am going to do  a second spray in a while, at night, when the flowers are open. This ought to catch the newly hatched grubs before the fruit forms. Never tried it before, but we lost so much fruit last year that I am going to give it a go. If it works then it may reduce the number of moths around for consequent seasons.

Akebia Quinata (Chocolate Vine)

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 09:00

We are in the very West Midlands almost in Wales and in a frost pocket (with a vengeance, latest frost we have had was July 7th one year). Our Akebia has been in for 20 years and has flowered and stayed evergreen with no trouble. It does cover a 12 foot long by 6 feet high trellis. We had to cut it down considerably recently after Doris blew down the support, but it has begun to grow back very quickly. This would be the second or third time we have had to really hard prune it. It flowers in about a months time for us, usually. Never seen fruit though.

Last edited: 27 March 2017 09:00:44

vine weevil movements

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 08:55

The grubs do less damage in the garden than they do in pots. They eat in a straight line so do not normally completely remove all the roots from one plant. In a pot they are forced to go round and round consuming all the roots.

The grubs themselves do not migrate from one pot to another.

The all female adults do wander about like any other insect, looking for food and egg laying places.

They lay their eggs at the base of a plant stem on the soil and the tiny grubs then burrow downwards. They will not lay their eggs if they cannot reach soil with their ovipositor (egg laying tube). On single stemmed plants you may be able to prevent this by putting a 2 inch deep layer of small gravel or grit on the plant pot surface.

Hope this helps.


Posted: 26/03/2017 at 20:39

Pseudopiptadenia are a genus of rather tall tropical trees as far as I can see.

Akebia Quinata (Chocolate Vine)

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 20:37

It can get big. If the stems lie on the ground they will root as they go. I have never been able to discern any scent at all.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 11:37

If you lived close enough you would be welcome to select yourself some of the Auriculas, I have lots which in the end will go on the compost heap as being not as good as ones already in commerce. They are good enough to plant out in the border, but not up to show standard is what I mean.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 20:56

Took a few pictures today as the sun was shining.

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