Bookertoo


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flower id please?

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 20:35

Wow, that really is a lovely shade of blue - I want some ……….

Indoor stargazer lillies.

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 20:34

Forward the ever useful tea-strainer!  I keep an old one (not the one with which you strain the Earl Grey!), into which I tap  the beetles.  Then I transport them to the path where I dance upon them - my neighbours have given up with my eccentricities.  I've grown lilies for many, many years and although lily beetles are indeed a pain, most lilies come through OK.   I have grown a couple of small lilies as a sacrificial crop to protect the larger ones.  We will see what happens this year.

Indoor stargazer lillies.

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 10:53

Put them in a pot or in the ground for outdoor flowering next year.  If you use a pot, ensure plenty of drainage, putting grit  under the bulbs before planting them.  Then let them rest.  Don't worry if they freeze hard, they don't mind that at all, but alot of wet will allow them to rot.  Stargazer is usually grown as a garden lily, so if you want it inside again, let it develop outside, then bring it in when it is about to flower.  Some of my lilies are many years old, treated in  much this way - good luck, and enjoy. 

flower id please?

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 10:50

Does look a bit like blue flax, but I've never seen it anything like that colour, usually a more pale sky blue in my experience.  Do hope someone can make a certain ID.  

Persicaria

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 20:13

Do tell how you get on, and which it appears to be? Love to hear follow up from folk. 

Any ideas what this is?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 20:11

Sounds like a good way to do it.  If it ever stops raining I may well give that a go - certainly can't have any drift in the fruit cage. 

Fish thieving magpies!

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:31

That's the trouble - I really wish to feed the birds, but what with magpies, squirrels, and pigeons really feel I'm onto a losing battle!! There were 6 magpies in our garden this morning, two trying to balance on the feeder (luckily they can't eat from it, it closes at their weight,  but they scare the small birds I do want away!).   Our robin follows me down to the greenhouse to complain if they hang around too long, so that I will go and shoo them off so he and the other little ones can feed.  If I could find something that would render the 3 of them sterile I'd use it like a shot - as it is, just keep fighting the good fight!

Any ideas what this is?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:27

Whatever you do, do it carefully as the tiniest bit of stem or root will generate a new plant.  I did not have it until the last 3 years or so and now it is becoming a dratted problem in the fruit cage - where i cannot dig or poison - grrrrrrr……...

Red valerian

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:24

Indeed, but with buddleja you need to pay for specific colours and smaller sizes - as yet, these have not leaked out into the wild as the basic purple one has done - and they can get very tall, where some of the hybrids are smaller and may suit some gardens better.   InFrance they are identified as an invasive weed.   However, buying valerian does seem a little unlikely …………..

Dividing perennial geraniums

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:20

To be honest, they are such willing plants that I feel you can do it whenever you like!  Ours are all in full flower - see if you can find an edge piece with few if any flowers, dig it out and plant it - what have you to lose bar your empty patches.  They'll get there anyway under their own steam given time …….

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