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Killer in action

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:47

No they do not, and indeed I have some doubts that the ladybirds shown here are in fact naughty ones.  The incomers are, in my understanding, much flatter and larger than these.  These  seem to have the typical domed back that designates a 'good' ladybird. The 2 spot ladybird is a 'goodie', as shown on Springwatch recently.  However, I do not pretend to be an expert.

The babies of ladybirds do indeed look like ferocious monsters when you first meet them, but what a delight to see on the roses!

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:43

Nothing as wonderful as that, but there is a patch of ivy on a fence that I am not permitted to touch for ages in the Spring as a robin family choose that place to have their nest every year - so happy to see them starting again each year.   Daren't try and look, but take such joy in the new birds each year.  

hanging baskets

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:39

Trailing fuchsias, geraniums, santavitalia if you want yellow - getting a bit late now so may have less choice in what you can get.  Many garden centres and nurseries have good stocks, so just go and look and see what you like.  Use some pretty foliage too, there are some lovely silvery ones, yellows and shades of green.  Diascas can look good, anagalis 'sky lover' one of my favourites, though can object to life in a basket if a bit windy - really try to look at what is available locally and see what you find attractive.  

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 23:03

I've spent much of the afternoon trying to eradicate the orange one!! Have a beautiful more elegant one in a pot in the greenhouse, gorgeous, but these orange thugs - grrrrrrr


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 12:23

There seem to be two schools of thought about this, but I feel that if the plant has been in the pot for a long time and has a pot shaped root ball, then teasing out is a good idea.  I also remove the top layer of compost and the bottom layer if possible, to give it some temptation with new compost, hopefully it will put new roots into this. 

Bumble Bees

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 12:20

What lovely neighbours - and like all good neighbours, if you are nice to them they will be nice to you.  When it is very dry it can be a great kindness to bumbles to leave a shallow bowl of water near their home, as they can get very thirsty.  It is quite fascinating to see them around an old plant saucer with a few stones in it for settling places, all having a welcome drink - of course you never have a camera at hand when these rare things occur.  Maybe they are not rare things?  I'd certainly not seen it before. 

Is this Arum Lily?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 12:17

It is indeed a very good year for these for some reason, they grow under my large red sycamore where they are welcome, but I don't want them leaking out elsewhere.  Last year the red berries were spectacular - maybe they have just got mature enough to do well. 

Don't Panic.

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 12:14

I have to hang my head in deep shame - I, or rather the garden, have been chemical free for many, many years - then came lily beetle!  Now, I how a large number of lilies, the vast majority in pots, and this year they have already been devastated by the red monsters.  We go out twice a day and kill all we can, but we were losing the battle.  I confess I went and bought a bottle of bug killer, I almost wore a hoody with the front pulled over my face in case anyone recognised me.  I waited till 8.30 pm, hoping the bees etc. would be in bed - then I sprayed the lilies in pots - only the lily pots.  I feel bad because I actually do not like chemicals, but I do love my lilies, and as this beast is an inadvertent import, nothing here will eat it.  What else to do?  

Which Greenhouse heater????

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 19:02

I keep quite alot of fairly tender things overwinter in my cool greenhouse - and electric heater with 'frost' setting does the trick, and costs very little to run.

Paraffin is fine but generates as much water as it uses use fuel, i.e a gallon of paraffin makes a gallon of water to condense all over the plants, windows etc., which is why I stopped using that.  Tea lights and terra cotta are fine if you are prepared to go to the greenhouse 2 or 3 times a day every day - the one night you miss will be the hard frost that bites things.


Money saving and recycling tips

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 18:58

Nearly all my growing containers had a previous life as either food containers or cleaning containers - where I used to work (now happily retired - hooray!), salads would come in deep lidded containers - great for propagators - they fitted my heated trays too which was a bonus.  

Still, if you buy plug plants or anything like that they all come in plastic something, and what to do with them does become a problem - I do put them into recycling when I can't use them, in the hope they re-appear as something. 

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