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Lily

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:49

Hostafan, I have found the best thing to use for lily beetle catching  - as indeed they disappear well when they tumble upside down, as their defence mechanism says they must - is to carry an old tea strainer in your pocket at lily beetle time.  You can thus gently knock them off the plant, into the strainer and take to the hard standing upon which you wish to execute your dance of joy at having got rid of another of the infernal pests

Lily

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 12:14

I grow some of the tall lilies, some of them do not need staking as the stems are very broad, but others do.  I cannot remember the names of the ones we have, the blackbirds have stone the labels long since!  

I feed ours in the Spring with pelleted organic chicken manure (as given to everything in the garden), and then again with a high potash feed once the flowers are done.  Nearly all my lilies are grown in pots.

Don't forget to watch out for the red devil, otherwise known as lily beetle, they are not fussy as to whether the lilies are 20 cms or 2 meters tall, they'll have the lot given half a chance. 

What is going on with my lemon tree?

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 12:10

Does it get fed with citrus feed?  Does it get more light than we can see here?  So much depends where you live.  It is possible to grow lemons in this country, but it is hard work, and they do need alot of attention and care.  It is always a god idea to think where plants originate when trying to grow them, and see how closely you can replicate those conditions.  Sadly with the best will in the world, hot sunshine for several months in the summer is not usually given to us here!

Gardener come.....

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 12:07

Dear Weyplotter - if you were able to put your moles to sleep, and I don't think that is a possiblity in all honesty - as nature abhors a vacuum, all that would happen is that more would enter your plot.  Try some of the sound producing ideas that seem to work quite well, just remember that moles are as entitled to a place on the planet as much as we are - probably more in that they may have been here first!

Just watch them if you get the chance, the 'gentleman in velvet' really is a most fascinating animal.

 

Snowdrops have started

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 10:10

The snowdrops are indeed particularly good this year - not the numbers you have yet, but they are spreading well.  Amused, and happy, to see that underneath a road sign just outside our drive, a goodly patch are growing - the birds must sit there when busily digesting the seeds - and nature does the rest - great. 

Help to find Narrow Weeding Hoe.

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 11:17

You can never guarantee what they will have in stock, one of the whole points about tkmaax, try 'phoning them before you make the trip.

Did you have any luck getting the onion hoe I mentioned before?  Still find that is the best for close work, unless you crops are so close together you are growing mini veggies -  keep us up with how you get on.  Good luck. 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:55

Maybe when we have taken care of people for a good number of years, taking care of plants and things to feed and delight people comes fairly naturally? 

What can I start sowing now in an unheated greenhouse

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:15

Much depends where you live, and although I am starting with sweet peas etc., we should remember winter is yet to come - plenty can, and possibly will yet,  arrive. 

Viburnam Bodnatense Dawn

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:13

Mine is in flower too, since December, not vast amounts but pretty pink and sweet smelling.

The bush honeysuckle is also flowering, a couple of twigs in a vase perfume the whole house - lovely and delicate - not overwhelming as some of my beloved lilies can be. 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:12

No problem asking Tootles, after all, if we don't like the question we don't have to answer it huh?

I like the fact that, although I keep busy, it is with things that I chose to do, and at the time I chose to do them.  I am not as fit or able as I once was, so take a bit longer to do things, which is fine, as I usually have a bit longer to do things!  If I'm not so fit, I can take a day out and read books, and who cares?  No one to chase me to do certain things at certain times- what's not to like?  Not much money now, but never had that much to start with, nursing is not a job you do for nearly 50 years and come out of expecting to be rich!

We have also become grandparents this last year, our grandson is in Texas, which means we don't get called to baby sit, but thanks to the computer we do get to see him most weeks that way.  We visited a very few weeks after he was born, and I, with my other son, am going again in March - lovely - and it will be warm there - can't wait from both points of view.

 

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