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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

What is it?

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:50

Foxglove it was then.   That's a nice unspotted white form - I'd be collecting seed from that one - with a bit of luck you may get more of the same.

Yellow Flowers and Little Black Bettle Things

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:43

Are they tiny black beetles?  If so, almost certainly Pollen Beetle and all the British species are harmless:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=799

 

white jumpy things in indoor plant pot

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 21:52

The compost looks too damp, too, which encourages them.  Covering the top of the compost with a layer of fine grit helps as the flies cannot then lay their eggs and it also means a bit less watering is necessary.  Not sure about the 'dust' which looks like the dried carcases of another bug, possibly aphids - the insecticide will kill them, too. 

Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' help!

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 21:41

I agree with Verdun and in my garden, the lighter the colour, the more shady the planting position.  My yellow ones do well and get much less sunlight than yours, Lloyd - east facing, sun gone by 11am.  I've found a real 'good doer' is Key Lime Pie in clay soil.

Help needed re my French Beans

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 19:55

Did you harden them off, Mark?  If you didn't, they will sulk for a bit but should soon pick up.

green eggs

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 19:51

Slow release fertiliser mate - easy to confuse them for eggs though!

suckers on tomatoes produced flowers should I cut them off??

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 19:30

That's what I'd do too.  Most toms can be grown as a bush, but that sometimes means the fruit can all come together and rather late, so they don't have time to ripen if we have a bad summer.  Fingers crossed!

suckers on tomatoes produced flowers should I cut them off??

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 19:14

They are generally grown as cordon (ie no side shoots) but the heirloom variety is semi-determinate so can be grown either way.  To confuse us further, there is also a bush version!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 01:39

The larvae have already hatched and are munching away at your lilies right now!

The gunge is actually their poo which they cover themselves with after digesting the lily leaves they are eating (I know, disgusting little devils aren't they?!)  If left, they can completely strip all the leaves in just a few days.

If you don't mind using chemicals, you could spray them all with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer, which is a systemic insecticide which will be absorbed into the lily plants and will kill them in short order.  Unfortunately, it is toxic to all insects including bees, so if you have to resort to using it, make sure to read the instructions on the spray carefully and try to ensure it only goes on your lilies (bees aren't that keen on lily flowers anyway, so the risk of harming them is relatively low.)

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 22:08

Pauline, underneath every pile of gunge is a lily beetle larva - that is how they protect themselves.  The larvae actually cause far more damage than the adult beetles so you need to remove and squish them.  Ether use gloves or wipe them off with tissue paper etc.  Now you know you have Lily Beetle in your area, keep a sharp eye out for them early next year, from the time the lilies start growing.  If you can catch the adults before they mate and lay eggs (which are also bright red), you can limit the damage by the larvae when they hatch.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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Oops!

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Cost of bird food

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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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