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Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:19

Unfortunately, they won't grow new leaves (lilies just don't do that) but the provado will stop the beetles and their larvae in their tracks, so they won't get any worse.  If you are lucky, they will still produce flowers if the very tops of the stems haven't been eaten, but if those are gone it is curtains I'm afraid!   If they are past saving, at least you know what to do next year to protect them.

Are these cabbage worm eggs

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:11

Batches of Cushion Scale eggs.

Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:02

I'm afraid that if you want to grow lilies in the UK now, you MUST deal with lily beetles by either checking every day and picking them off by hand and killing them, or spraying with a systemic pesticide like Provado.  There are no other effective measures, unfortunately.  It's too late to plant lily bulbs now and even if you did, the beetles would devastate them unless you take control.

Newbie unsure what plant this is

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:58

It's a hardy geranium - a real beauty by the looks of it!   Someone else will likely be able to tell you the cultivar.

Cane tops

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:52

I live next to a tennis club and don't throw the balls back any more since one broke a greenhouse pane - and as I found they make excellent cane toppers when punctured with my pruning knife!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:45

Just removed a large stand of Kerria Japonica so time to fire-up the shedder!  I've been wanting to get rid of that beast for years but kept putting it off which was a mistake - bloody stuff spreads by underground runners.  Glyphosate at the ready for the expected regrowth! 

Potato flowers

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:36

Yep, you won't get a huge crop by planting now SweetPea but you should at least have home-grown new potatoes with your Christmas dinner and very likely some well before then. 

Do rose seeds really grow.......

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:48

Stratification may help them germinate - place the pot in a plastic bag and put in the fridge (not freezer) for 6 weeks, checking regularly for shoots and bring out if any appear or after the 6 weeks is up and place on a windowsill etc.  With a bit of luck that may get them going before next spring.  If you don't want to do that, leave the pot outside in a sheltered spot (eg by a house wall) over the winter.

Turnips

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:40

Yep;  They do grow quickly, so plenty of time.

Diseased Almond Tree

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:37

Hi Karen, I think the clear liquid oozing from the fruit may be a response to them being attacked by aphids or a bug of some sort (can't really ID that one.)  However, distorted leaves with a red colour sounds like Peach Leaf Curl, which affects almond tress, too.  See the RHS advice on that:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=232

As long as they aren't all affected, the usual thing to do is remove the distorted leaves.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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Oops!

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Cost of bird food

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