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Whats eating my Nubia buds

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:33

It is usually snails which cause damage to clematis buds.  They are adept climbers and the best way to catch them is by going out at night armed with a torch.

Tulips

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:01

Hi Fluffy, they really need to be left to die back naturally as the leaves are building up the bulb for next year's flowers.  Once the leaves die back you can lift them.  Many folk (me included) leave them in the ground, but it's best to plant them 6 to 8 inches deep if you do that.  Some folk treat them as annuals and discard them after flowering, especially if planted in pots.  I think that's what you have effectively done, albeit by accident!

There is no one answer to how long they live - I have some that have been in the ground for 30 years and come back every year (plain red and plain yellow ones), but most of the fancy ones I buy rarely do well the following year.

Uploading pictures

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:47

Try clearing 'cookies' in your web browser.  Sometimes doing that this fixes those sorts of issues.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:41

Yes, it can also increase bushiness and so produce more flowers.

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:38
Fishy65 wrote (see)

.Does anyone know of any natural predators for these beetles? (other than birds I suppose).

 

Not in this country (apart from DovesFromAbove ) - red lily beetle is an invader from overseas.  Generally birds won't go for any red insects - it's an evolved warning colour which says "I'm poisonous or taste nasty!"

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 09:52

I also did my Michaelmas Daisies although I've been removing a lot of those as they are`rather invasive here.

Stags Horn Sumach vs House Foundations

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 09:48

I agree with nut.  As a very general 'rule of thumb', the roots of a tree are of a similar size, spread and girth to its branches.  Rhus isn't one I'd be worrying about insofar as damaging foundations.

Clematis

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:43

This is a picture of a bud from my (mature) Duchess of Edinburgh - when they look like this you know they are going to develop into good flowers.  The 6 small outer leaves on the stem things are about 7 inches across

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44058.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

I'll post more pics as the flowers develop - they are quite spectacular!

Tulips

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:44

Get them planted Tracy - they may not produce flowers this year but should do next year.  They will definitely die if you don't plant them now though.

Tulips

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 18:55

Nip the old flower heads off to stop them wasting energy trying to produce seed, then when the leaves start turning yellow they are no longer feeding the bulb for next year so remove them to prevent a disease called 'tulip fire'.

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57
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