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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 23:13

Is that salvia patens "Cambridge Blue" fidget?  Love that one and have a couple which have survived in the border for 5 years which surprised me.  The darker ones disappeared after a couple. 

This stand of delphiniums is looking pretty good and only half are fully out so far:

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And had a nice surprise when I found almost exactly the same shades on this clematis grown from a cutting that I planted in a shady corner and forgot about:

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aphids on apple trees

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:45

Also check whether ants are running up the trunk as they farm the aphids and carry them around the tree to fresh young growth.  A thick band of vaseline around the trunk (above the level of any tree-tie, if it is staked) will prevent the ants from climbing up.

Mystery Plant?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:21

Looks very much like Kiwi to me.  They grow very quickly and the most noticeable feature is that the growing tips are red and hairy.  I'm not going to give a 100% ID as kiwi though as I can't quite see the photo's well enough.

What is this?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 01:02

I seem to recognise it but can't pin it down.  Campanula of some type, perhaps?

Scale on Blackcurrant/Redcurrant bush

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 20:24

You could try using an organic winter tree wash in late winter/early spring.  Many are garlic based.  Scale insects are difficult to treat right now and it's most effective to do what you are already doing (ie hand-scraping) but then target the young insects as they are hatching.  You can do that by spraying with various organic pest sprays but for a bad infestation an insecticide which is safe for use on edible crops would be the most effective, although you may get good results using a pyrethrum-based one (extracted from plants of the chrysanthemum family and sometimes called nature's own insecticide) if you consider that natural enough.

 

Potted delphiniums

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 20:00

That would be my guess too, fidget.

Liz, it would be wise to break the rootball apart and check that there aren't any vine weevil grubs in there though.  They may be in the centre and eating their way out!

Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:31

Great - you should be OK then.  If the lily stems look a bit of a mess, you can always hide them by placing a few pots of tall-growing annual plants under them.

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.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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