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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.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:06

Picked up a white Buddleia and a deep ruby red clematis from Morrisons for less than £2 each and a few trailing lobelia for my baskets. Very tired from work and a poor nights sleep so I may just wait till the weeked to plant as I'll have a rare Saturday off and the forecast is very good

Expensive perennial plug plants

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 10:35

Tiily - You're right! Get your grown on.

Screenshot of the "Sold" listings for African Violet Plug Plant - One Plug Plant!



Lovely weather for December - Sorry late April

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 10:22

No snow here but plenty of wind, rain and hailstone with the odd overnight frost thrown in. It was very windy last night so I went out this morning with some trepidation to check on my £10 coldframes from Wikinsons....

Not budged an inch and no damage! A combination of their low height and a carefully selected spot seems to have worked.

Success after years of having the larger 4 tier plastic greenhouse things blowing everywhere. And one memorable year a full size plastic greenhouse taking off and landing two doors down Never again!


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