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Camelia problem pest

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 10:56

The notches in the leaf edges look like adult vine weevil damage so I suspect the root damage is vine weevil larvae.  The adults are nocturnal and very good at hiding during the day but often hide under pots.  At this time of the year you can use "Provado 500ml Vine Weevil Killer2" which you water in to the soil.  However, it is systemic and will be absorbed into the plant so may pose a danger to bees when the camelia flowers.  "Nemasys vine weevil killer" (nematodes) are completely safe but really need warmer conditions to work - soil must not go below 5C.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 23:43

I've visited the IoM many times and love the island.  The overwhelming impression still left on me is still one of magnificent desolation coupled with a sparseness of human population.

Let's hope that's not the inevitable end result of democracy!

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 22:49

It may be the oldest democracy in human history but I'm not sure I'd consider it equivalent to current 'western' democracies, Dove.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 22:37

I am, of course, aware of those quoted (and, indeed others.)  Perhaps I should really have said 'democratically elected female leader', which I'm sure you all really knew was implied.

Last edited: 12 November 2016 22:38:05

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 22:14

Yes, Tetley, the way that all of these 'outspoken' politicians change their tune when they actually are in a position of power is always entertaining (and will always be so, I hope.)  I was rather hoping that having a female leader of the US (as well as the UK and Germany) would lead to some long-overdue changes of direction and thinking but it seems we'll have to wait a while yet for that to happen.  Unfortunately, I don't think I'll live long enough to see a female leader in any of the 'non-western' countries, something I find quite worrying to be perfectly honest.

Plant grown from satsuma pip-help!

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 16:00

They don't like much water in winter.  I give my citrus none unless the top inch of compost is completely dry.  I would re-pot it in spring when you see new leaves sprouting using a mixture of ericaceous and multi-purpose compost.  Best watered with rainwater.  They appreciate being put outside during the summer.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 15:55

Cleared the greenhouse and poly tunnel of tomato plants before they start going mouldy, cut down a few dozen dahlias ready for shredding and weeded a bed ready for tulip planting tomorrow.  Got cold and wet!


Posted: 12/11/2016 at 15:48

Can you take a close-up photo Sally?  Being able to see the anthers etc may help with ID.

Bare Root Roses

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 19:16

That really means waterlogged ground (ie ground with poor drainage which will be soaking wet for weeks.)  If your soil is just wet from recent rain and you know there isn't going to puddles there for weeks, then go ahead and plant them Ree.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 19:06

Bit late but I managed to finish the trellis last Sunday which replaces the privet hedge I had removed:

Note the bags of 'good stuff' waiting to be added to the raised bed below, which will be planted with various shrubs and perennials which I've had for a year but are being overwintered while the soil settles and the worms do their work.  Also have a c. montana which will be planted at the far end and run along the trellis.

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