Latest posts by Botticelliwoman


Posted: 27/05/2012 at 12:54

I tend to ID first.  Sawfly get removed - I put them on the bird table, even though I'm not sure the birds eat them; if there's eggs on my veg I just scrape them off (time consuming but less yucky than squishing 'pillars)  everything else tends to be left to its own devices

Gardeners World Live

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 06:10

I'm going this year after a 3 year gap.....I don't mind the good food show.....saves packing a picnic


Posted: 27/05/2012 at 06:07

colour would help


Posted: 27/05/2012 at 06:01

they could also turn into sawfly

Talkback: How to grow annual climbers from seed

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 07:48

I'm growing Black-eyed Susan for the first time this year but there's also climbing nasturtium, Morning Glory and Canary Creeper, amongst others.  It's probably a bit late in the day to start growing all of them from seed now as some take a while to get going but many of the plant catalogues sell annual climbers as plants.

bee or wasp?

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 07:37

Could be a soot-covered hornet or a sawfly.  There isn't much that resembles a wasp and gets that big in this country and I can't find anything of that size that's totally black.  The Horntail, Sirex juvencus and Sirex noctilio (sawflies) are darker in colour than hornets and harmless, get on google images and see what you think.

squash seed germination

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 07:03

I've had courgette 'Black Hawk' inside for 5 weeks and none of them have germinated.  Bit annoying as they were F1 so quite expensive and I only got 4 seeds.  The squash seeds I got from a supermarket squash and shoved in a bit of old compost are thriving!

Drooping Dahlia

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 06:20

You could take cuttings from the leggy shoots.  Cut as near to the tuber as possible and dib the cuttings into compost, top with a plastic bag and you should get extra dahlias for free.  If they're really long and leggy then take off the top bit just above the first set of leaves.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 09:43

I used to do it with buddleia, resulting in a neat and compact shrub and I'll be chopping all the geraniums that I divided earlier.

Courgette Black Hawk

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 09:09

Has anybody else tried growing Black Hawk?  I have never had any problem growing courgettes before but these seeds have been in pots for a month and are showing no signs of germinating.  They're inside on the windowsill, alongside the squash which have germinated and are doing fine.  I'm thinking about bagging them and putting them on the radiator shelf, other than that, I'm at a loss.

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