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Talkback: Where are the ladybirds?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 11:40

Adam, not quite as East as you, Nottinghamshire, so more midlands probably.  Tidying up is indeed death for ladybirds, a few dead leaves and dry logs with ferns and things give them somewhere to live over winter.  All of our garden was completely overun with them in Spring, more than an overwintering few I thought.  It was so hard not to kill some by accident, the Spring clean up got delayed - whih turned out to be a good thing as at least they oould shelter from the ridicuous amount of rain e then had.  Rarely cut much back in autumn as I am sure it is not only ladybirds that shelter in leaves, hedges and so on.  Of course there are also slugs, but they would be under ground as well so not point worrying about them sheltering. 

Talkback: Glow-worms

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 20:21

Used to see them in my long ago youth, but it is right that it has been many years since I saw one last.  What a shame, they were a delight to us as children. 

Talkback: Where are the ladybirds?

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 20:20

In my garden?  We were almost overun with them earlier this year, and there are stilfl - gladly - a good number about.  Timmed off some branches of spring/summer flowering things and had to tap them carefully near the flower beds so as not to put ladybirds in the council garden bin.  I am in the east Midlands, and can only speak for our garden, but they are plentiful here. 

Cobea plants

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 20:18

Mine are horrible too, have just assumed cold dark weather earlier in the year was the cause - it has done nasty things to many plants - my morning glory has just decided to honour us with a few flowers this week!

'Blood Red' acer

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 11:12

Also, many red acers get a bit greener as the year goes on, then develop the stunning red leaves of autumn as they get ready to fall later on.  Mine certainly do not have ericaceous compost, though once in a rare while I do give them an iron feed.  Have bought a new coral leafed one this year, still quite green but developing the coral colour as it grows up - very young yet. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 11:10

So sad to see the mornings and evenings getting darker I agree. Yesterday evening with cloud and thick muggy heat it was darkish before 8pm., when a few short weeks ago I was out there doing things.  Still, it brings us on to the next growing season, which will of course be totally wonderful, with warmth, rain and sun in exactly the right proportions throughout the whole country and we will have nothing to grumble about at all!!!  

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 11:05

We grow lilies of all sorts from one end of the garden to the other.  Many are in pots, others in the ground - all do prettty well.  I've never used ericaceous compost for them, and looking out of the window just now cannot se how they could be any better than they are at present - up to 20 heads per pot and plot, with a perfume to knock you down if you brought it indoors.   They get pelleted organic chicken manure in the spring along with everything else, and an occasional top dressing if I remember and have enough compost.  They have been known to freeze solid in their pots, and get waterlogged at times, but nothing seems to hold them back. 

Planting along a garden path

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 11:01

Sedums and small hebes also make good path edgers, as do some smaller hostas - unless you have a great number of slugs and snails. 

conker tree bonsi style

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 11:00

A horsechestnut wants to be a 60 - 70 foot tall tree, and is always going to do its best to be just that.  They seem to me to be unlikely subjects for keeping as small as you would like.  Bonsai are not usually six foot high!  We do have an oak tree in a pot, about 10 foot tall, but I would not do it again, it is totally against its nature - but having set off along this path I would not just get rid of it.  I suggest you offer them to a local broad leaf plant scheme in your area, you can still see and enjoy them, and so can everyone else. 

yew trees

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 10:56

Many yew trees do this, some of ours we have left in situ to grow on, others have been potted up into small pots to give to a friend who would like to have them.  I find that you really need to move them when they are very small, use a loam based compost - I keep mine outside where they get rained on (almost to excess earlier this year) and so far all is well.  Good luck.

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