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How very frustrating.......

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 16:51

That is probably Lonicera caprifolia rather than the one we are looking for. Thanks for looking.

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How very frustrating.......

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 09:59

Just been through the photos from this year and last and not found an image. I know I took some of the bees on it, but when??

Will keep looking.

How very frustrating.......

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 09:09

Cannot even remember where I bought it either. Think it was from a now defunct Nursery near Torquay, many years ago.

Looked at the images of the ones from Crug, but the leaves on mine are definitely different.

There is a plant seller at the Plant Hunter's Fairs to which we often go, who specialises in Lonicera, I may take a plant to him and see if he knows it.

Oh and this one is definitely an evergreen, climber, but not L. henryi which we also have (along with at least a dozen other climbing deciduous Lonicera).

How very frustrating.......

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 20:37

For the first time in 4 years of trying I have managed to get some cuttings of a very special Honeysuckle to root. So I went on the Interwebthing to get the correct spelling of the name which is very hard to say.never mind fit on a label. Lonicera alseuosmoides.

So up it comes and say that this name is not valid, it is a synonym of Lonicera acuminata .

Not a problem, certainly easier to spell and pronounce. Next I looked for some information on this plant. Great, lots of images, not one of which matches the plant I have. L. acuminata has fragrant yellow flowers, mine has unscented (to human noses at least) and sort of nondescript pink and off white flowers.

Now I wonder what Lonicera I have. It would not matter except that when in flower this plant is absolutely smother in bees of every kind. I counted over 1000 of them in a 6 feet by 6 feet area, one sunny afternoon in Summer. A bee keeper friend of ours wants a plant for her garden.

Even worse is that I have no picture of the flowers to compare to the images on the Web or to show on here. Very frustrating.

 

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 10:35

The interesting claim is that the fungus is persistent, so once a plant has it on its roots, it will continue to attack the vine weevil grubs even when re-potted in fresh soil. If it becomes a regular addition to Nursery stock, then it could be good news for everyone.

I do know of one grower who is using it.

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 17:06

Out of interest I once put an adult weevil in a jar of pure bleach. It was still alive 24 hours later. Another one which would probably survive the Nuclear Holocaust, like the cockroaches.

Certainly agree about the peat based MPC used by Nurseries. They love that stuff. Non-peat with added grit is better, but still not  perfect.

I was reading about a Fungal based soil additive which is supposed to be a very good  control in an organic way. Very expensive and sadly only available in large quantities and once opened has a short shelf life.

 

Ilex crenata

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 17:48

Quite slow growing shrubs, so a few years. We have a couple of varieties of I crenata, but not sure of the names now. They have been in for at least 15 years and are about 12 feet tall (never been pruned)

And no they would not pollinate any Holly other than another I crenata.

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 08:52

Dilution was as recommended on the bottle, using that stupid delivery system they have put in place,just to make life harder for us. Last time I cut the top off the bottle and used the old measuring cup which came with the stuff.

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 20:35

And you think Provado works? I stood my Auriculas in  soaking trays of the stuff, overnight, up to their necks a few weeks back. Today I have been going through them, actually not looking for grubs, rather removing dead and dying leaves to prevent botrytis and guess what I found , live and eating in some of the pots?

Hazels

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 16:29

Generally speaking Hazel do not root from cuttings, very easily. they are usually grafted if culinary types or grown from Nuts if the hedging forms.

Easy enough from nut kernels. Break open a nut, extract the kernel and sow in ordinary potting compost and leave for the winter. Protect from vermin.

The ones which grow from squirrel plantings germinate slowly as the hard shell has to rot away first.

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