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Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 21:15

Disaster struck! Work and family commitments meant I couldn't keep on top of the lupin check and the plant was absolutely swarmed. Every bit of the plants crawling with the little beggars and collapsed spires!

Ho-Hum. They've been dug out and the space will now be took up with my Cosmos plants which I started from seed earlier in spring. They've put on a lot of growth the last couple of weeks and are beginning to look a bit big for their small pots. Every cloud has a silver lining I suppose.

Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 17:31

They should arrive soon then as I've plenty of good plants for pollinators. Plenty of singles in the sunny borders and British wildlife plants in the more dappled corners.

I'll concentrate on getting a few more around the lupins when space is found...or made.

Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 22:40

Let my guard down for a couple of days and there was a resurgence in numbers! Not swarming the plant but definitely an increase. Good news is that the spires that were previously coated in them before my squashing regime have all bloomed just fine without damage.

When I was gathering todays up for a good squashing I noticed the plant felt quite sticky in places? I'm guessing it has something to do with the aphids?

What are some good plants for hoverflies Dave? 

Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 19:19

A couple of days later and while there are still aphids on the plant they're very few in number - I've not seen a group larger than 15-20 and have to dig down quite deep into the plant to find them.

A big improvement on the original state when you could see  huge numbers teeming all over the spires.

Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 12:14

I didn't know birds would have them - I'd read somewhere that they were only inroduced in the 1980's and nothing has really developed an appetite for them. I don't use any chemical sprays in the garden so I'm keen on a more organic solution to these aphids as they have ran riot a few times over the years when I've left them to the ladybirds. Unfortunately, the ladybirds seem to appear later in the season and the damage has been done.  

I've a couple of spots in the same border where I can hang some small feeders so I'll add them to today's shopping list. Even if it doesn't solve the aphid problem it'll be nice to encourage a few more birds into the garden - Something nice to look at while I'm doing the dishes and they'll definitely have a peck at any slugs!

Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 11:23

The threads a little old but I figured I'll give it a bump as my lupin spires are just forming and the aphids have made an appearance.

My technique has been cupping a hand underneath them and then gently running my other hand up the stalk and spire. Then once a load of the horrible little blighters fall into my cupped hand I give them a hearty round of applause. Squish 

A crude method but the numbers have dropped significantly over the last 2-3 days with one thorough application per day of this treatment. Don't forget to wash your hands afterwards though!

I'm gonna get a little squirty bottle when I go the shops later to mix up a concoction or two to try out on the plants - So far I've read that diluted garlic powder, pepper or washing liquid can work. A season of experimentation awaits.

Moving/planting confusion

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:30

I'd say the main difference is that when you take a plant out of a pot the full root system comes out with it - all nice and intact with no damage. Whereas when you dig up an established plant then you're likely to do some damage to the root system as it's not been confined to one place and will likely be heading off in different directions at different depths. 

That said, as long as you get as much of the rootball out in one piece and give it a good watering in it'll likely be OK. It may go a little droopy or sulky and refuse to flower for the season but in the long run most plants are fine.

my weedy garden

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:20
Lovely that B3 - Aquilegias really put on a show at this time of year.
Flora rosa says:

My garden lives under next door neighbour's adorable (!) sycamore tree, so I have a constant battle all spring getting rid of its baby blighters ....... T'other side cultivates dandelions so I battle them too - everything else gets left . After all a weed is only a plant in the wrong place ......beautiful garden B 3  jealous x

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We have a huge sycamore in our garden - It was probably there before the estate was built looking at the size of it so we can't be blamed for it showering the surrounding gardens

It does lend a lot of privacy in the summer though from the houses backing onto ours so it's not all bad and is a valuable resource for birds, bugs and leaf mulch! Between that and ground elder there's always plenty of selective weeding to be done from spring onwards though  The last week or two has mainly been it dropping it's flowers everywhere but they kind of blend in with the grass if I squint and don't pay too much attention.

Garden Kneelers

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:43

A few of the reviews of the Draper model seem to mention that it's not very solid when being used to stand up - the handles give way which could be very nasty if your mother is putting her weight on them.

Seems like they've gone for lightness over solidity.

An improvement?

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 15:13

Desktop - So much wasted space on the screen and a ridiculous amount of scrolling required to read very little text. I've seen a lot of different forums try different layouts over the years (Since the 90's on my dial-up modem!) but I struggle to remember one as bad as this. 

 If this is the future then I reckon I'll be going elsewhere unfortunately.

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