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Talkback: Dealing with vine weevil

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 10:55

Also helps if you use a non-peat compost and put a grit layer of at least 2 inches depth on top of the pots.

Single stem plants may be protected by putting a circle of plastic (like the things used to protect cabbage plants against cabbage root fly) round the stem. The weevil lays its eggs on or just around the base of the plant and if it cannot reach soil, it goes elsewhere.

Both Sedum and Heucheras can be re-grown very easily from the eaten remains. Just treat the pieces as cuttings. They both root very easily.

What's left for us to grow?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 08:32

If you w ant a list of poisonous plants look at this website

thepoisongarden.co.uk/

Alliums in pots - roots coming through the bottom already?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:56

Obviously only true for cold temperature Alliums. The ones from places like California have a different growth pattern, except that almost all of them flower when the leaves have finished doing their job.

Got criticised for cutting back the sere tips of leaves on a show Allium when they should be left, to show how the plant performs in the wild. Looked uncared for to me so I trimmed them.

Alliums in pots - roots coming through the bottom already?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 12:13

That kind of Allium is a cold temperature grower, so the growth you see is normal. The time to feed Alliums is now,rather than after flowering as by then the bulbs have gone dormant. In fact very often the flower stalk is not even attached to the bulb when in flower.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 12:50

Glad you enjoyed it Lyn.

Somewhere I have a series of images of what we started with about 20 years ago. Will try and find the link.

 

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 17:52

I was travel sick at about the age of 10. Long story and sadly the full version is no longer available on the Blog site.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 13:47

Still quite a bit of colour for November.

http://s703.photobucket.com/user/Owdboggy/slideshow/November%202014

Olearia x haastii

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 20:38

We have had those temps inside the greenhouse the last few winters.

Not sure why some of these plants do not survive here. Hydrangea macrophyllas never flower and Dahlias get frosted off before they flower most years. We tend not to buy things which say 'needs a warm sheltered position.  Sadly we do not have any South facing walls either.

Olearia x haastii

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 17:54

Not bad for £1-00. Good sized plant too, about as big as the one described by Salino.

Slight error on my part as the one I wanted to know about pruning, is Olearia phlogopappa 'Comber's Blue'  It is very leggy now and I wondered about cutting it back to encourage shoots from the base.

Neither of these will survive here outside, we are just too too cold, so I have grown the latter as a pot plant and it goes into the poly-tunnel for winter.

 

Olearia x haastii

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:16

Anyone grow this? And any info on pruning would be very useful.

TIA

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