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Red Bugs on my fritillaria imperialis

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 14:13

I must admit as a pretty anti chemical gardener, I have been known to use Provado for my large collection of lilies, with very little conscience.  The darned beetles are not a natural species here so nothing recognises them as prey, that colour makes them something so self repecting bird would try - so we are stuck up a gum tree with teastrainers and /or provado!!

How do I encourage vigorous roots?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:53

There is a form of fungus used, mycorrhzae , it comes in a coarse powder form,  it is usually used for trees and more permanaent planting than annuals or small plug plants would suggest.   Plugs will grow on well if kept well watered and fed, not all plants develop large root systems, especially annuals, as they only need to last a short time.  Larger perennial plants will develop larger roots ans they grow and mature. f

Fuschia plants vary in their rate of growth, depending whether they are hardy and this will last for a long time, and can be planted outdoors when hardened off - these may well benefit from mycorrhzae, mnay others are grown in this country as annuals for hanging baskets and other summer displays.  Normal watering and fertilsing, with for example a seeweed fertiliser, will encourage good strong growth for their season.   If you want to grow standards you willl need to do special pruning for that, there are  web sites and books devoted to that art. 

Attract blue tits

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:45

They seem to be fond of any well planted area, they like plenty of available cover so don't feel exposed and threatened, though any feeding area should have good visibility all around.  The adore my silver birch, but the whole garden is playground to blue, great, coal and long tailed tits.  The siver birch seems to have a great number of whatever grubs and other livestock they are using to feed the young ones, and a little earlier than this, the small leaf buds appear to be a favourite form of food for all the titmouse family.   Any perennilas and annuals that have easilty accessible seeds are well liked, sunflowers are especially desirable and give the observer a great view of the birds feeding and their acrobatics.  Regulalry filled feeders all year round will ensure you always have a good bird variety in the garden, as well of lots of natural foods for them.  Wate is also essential, as drinking and bathing are needed... We have several designateded bird watering places, but the favourite for drinking at present appears to be an old jam jar which is acting a a stopper to the water butt just outside this window where the computer is - they come and drink there regularly, around 2 foot from me, ignoring the perfectly good water dish fastened to the wall nearrby Go figure as they say. 

Identification?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:37

Gravity has taken a turn for the worst where you live, so gardening will present many new and exciting opportunities.  Berbeiris, The reds shrub, will probably not mind as it is impervious to most ills, the yellow one is possiblyy kerria - a close up would help with identification, whichever way up it occurs. 

Red Bugs on my fritillaria imperialis

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:34

One f the most useful items when on lily beetle hunt, is an old tea strainer, you can catch the beetles in this, transfer them to an area of hard standing amd squash them to your hearts content.  It is probably best not to use your grandmothers favourite silver tea stainer used for the earl grey, but a cheap plastic or metal one works just as well. 

Help

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 18:01

Ferns. cotoneasters, some early bulbs, a few of the clematis will do there - but it is never going to be the easiest of sites to grow well, espeially in the winter.  Some things grown in pots can be moved there for a while, then put beside the house, shed or hedge to recover.  There are some very good books about such areas, may be available from your local library?  Much depends upon which way it faces, and does it ever get any direct sunlight? 

Help :(

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 17:55

As the others say, get them under cover and drain them off - have they got decent drain holes in the base of their little pots?  You can top dress with a little dry vermiculite or such, that helps to mop up the extra water.  Provided they are not actually knee deep in water, but just in vrey wet compost, given a few hours draining, plus no water until they get light weight again, they shoud do.

infuriating isn't it!!!

How do I trim my Carex Frosted Curls?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 17:12

What a lovely descrition of the carex -  indeedit looks very odd, odder than it shoud, if you trim the ends.  comb it out as Jess says, it will be fine. 

Ground elder

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 17:10

I think so too HJ, in the situation you have it, it must think it is in heaven.  If you have a dull dark corner where nothing grows, move it there - otherwise get rid of it!! I love it where it is, but would never give it a prime place such as yours has.  I think it a pity that growers of such plants don't put proper information on the labels, for this one, mile a minute plant and a few others I know about.

Ground elder

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 23:03

Actually I bought three plants of this 12 years ago, it lives quietly and safely under my red sycamore where absolutely nothing had grown ever.  As long as I never let it flower, watch out that it does not leak out into any nearby pot, it has been quiet and well behaved.  It lights up a dark corner which would otherwise be always dark and dull.  It disappears each winter, I grow spring tiny bulbs there with epidmediums along the open side, it never tries to overgrow those,.  As with any ground cover plant, ensure that it has to struggle to survive and it will behave - it has no choice.  I don't pretend this is a suitable plant for very many places, it could esasily get away in better growing circumstances, but it is not getting better circumstances so it stays put. 

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