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My azalea has gone bananas

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 09:06

My guess is also a graft: all the pink flowers are from lowest down branches and white on the upper. They do prefer to be in full sun to grow well.

Lawn edging...

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 19:15

Yes gardeninglily - they are sharp and give straight lines.

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:28

They look like normal Greenfly but much larger Yviestevie. There are naturalised colonies of Lupins in the countryside here, so I guess they came from them as as far as I can see no one around here grows them. I rather like the foliage and punctuations of colour.

I never knew that they only came to the UK in the 1980's Jimmy!

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 17:30

Lupins are not native to the UK, so you have to wonder where the giant lupin greenfly's came from, or ate before they arrived here in the 1800's. Anyway getting back to the question, a hose of water will remove most of them and then use your hand to remove any left. Various sprays also work as does using your hand to pick them off....if you can stomach thousands of them on your fingers.

Concrete Lined Anderson Shelter - What to do?!

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 16:58

Ah, there is no roof on it! I was thinking a roofed shelter. My initial thought on seeing the pics is pond or raised bed.

Turning patio in to lawn

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:21

I have to agree with the above - and I have several small kids - that they do not need lawn to have a good time. My kids spend more time on the patio than grass and they love having their own patch to grow food - carrots, Strawberries, Peas etc works well and does not take up lots of space.

Lawn edging...

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:17

Yes a half moon lawn edger is what you need. I have wasted lots of money on various lawn edging materials but a tiny ditch works best. Cut straight down on the lawn side with the half moon spade and 45 degree on the border side. That gives a crisp edge and stops the grass invading the border.

Twisted Willow

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:12

They suffer from wind damage and really do like consistently damp soil. I have problems with both as it is quite dry where I live and very windy, so I get a lot of die back on this tree. I just cut it back: you should see the new leaves now otherwise it sounds terminal: can you see any green growth?

Concrete Lined Anderson Shelter - What to do?!

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 19:31

Is it a Stanton air raid shelter? I would use it as a shed/storage area if it is practical and paint it inside/keep it water tight. Bikes and lawn mowers do take up a lot of space.


Posted: 10/04/2015 at 08:41

Are the pots getting sun and well watered and plants inside the pots well fed all spring and summer?

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