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watch out, watch out ……..

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:32

Although we have been plagued with the red devils for years on the lilies, this is the first year I have found them on the fritillaries.  I know they do like them too, after all, they are the same family - but until now the frits have been spared - but no longer.  So, all you lily beetle hunters out there, get out the tea strainers and start hunting!

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 10:20

I also tried tree lupins, but the fat aphids liked those just as much as any of the others.  Will be interested to see which ones do not get infested, if any - good luck with the testing.

plant ID help

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:55

Took me seven years to get them to grow here, now they are everywhere, including many areas where I did not plant them!!  Love them though, and although they do spread, they are easy enough to pull up or plant between.  

Turnips in tubs?

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:53

You can grow anything in a container if you are willing to put in the extra work, watering, weeding and care.   Personally, though I use huge numbers of pots, I'm not sure I'd bother with turnips, but in principle there is no reason why not.  

Stubborn Weed

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:51

Indeed, I love hardy geraniums but some of them can really take over.  The dark phaeum I am trying to eradicate as it just smothers everything else in the garden.  There are well behaved ones, which grow in neat hummocks and are delightful - ask when you buy or get given, does it spread?  If people offer you huge clumps of 'lovely blue geraniums', ask yourself why??!!

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:48

Sorry to say we had to give up with all lupins due to these horrible huge aphids.  Nothing seems to eat them - and let's be honest, would you??  If you won't use chemicals, and we wouldn't either, then it's either trying to wash them off - which I did not find particularly useful, or squashing them which was disgusting!  Admire other peoples lupins and grow other things instead.  

sunflowers

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 16:06

Never been a problem in pots to start with.  Most of the children who grow them, especially in school projects, do start them off in pots, and watch them on the classroom windowsill as they begin - planting out later to grow tall.

Have fun. 

nipped off primrose's

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 10:41

OK, suspect probably small, grey and furry then, as far as the tulips and daffs are concerned.  Plenty sparrows, for which we are grateful, but I've watched the blue tits eating the purple petals - maybe they both do!

nipped off primrose's

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 18:30

Not the pheasant in our garden, but someone is taking the tops off daffs, and tulips - suspect the idiot pigeon but not seen it happening, only the results.  The blue tits adore purple primroses and eat the petals with great gusto here.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 18:26

bitterly cold again today so sadly beyond me - yesterday was good however, OH got the fruit cage almost straightened up after it's overhead of snow earlier in the year!!  Now upright enough to get inside - slightly odd shapes to the upright posts, but that doesn't matter.

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