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Latest posts by BrummieBen

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 11:58

I use rose clear, buy the concentrate for about 9 pound, makes like 30 litres. Mix it up in a hand pressure sprayer then off you toddle! It kills greenfly also provides protection because of the systemic action. It also deals with blackspot etc. If you have lots of roses, (I have maybe 20) it's the stuff to use. I too have noticed a dearth of ladybirds, also hoverflies are down. I plant between my roses with marigolds calendula etc, also scabious to try and attract as many natural predators. The problem is my garden is right next to 3 massive maples in the street, on a warm day you can literally see millions of greenfly coming off them. Spraying is not so great I know, I do spray in the evening, and check over the plants for any larvae or lady birds etc, so hopefully minimise 'friendly fire' casualties.

As I said, spraying isn't so great, but if you want your roses healthy and happy, it's what I do. I have tried spraying water at them to blast them off, but they are back in a day or two, also easy to damage new buds and shoots this way. The blackspot is the nightmare though, again rose clear at least slows it somewhat. Good luck.

What is this insect?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 01:26

nowt to worry about unless your lawn is really suffering, leave them be, and if you find them, shove them on the lawn for the birds, lovely protein for the chicks.

What to do

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 01:22


Poorly Camellia

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 01:22

what water? if it's from the tap probably the cause, rainwater only for ericaceous plants.. you can fill buckets from tap and leave a week or so, but tap water(hose) big no no.

Mystery Plants from inherited garden

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 00:37

Welcome, welcome, I'm sure you'll be bending ears on here plenty and bring it on! Nothing like an enthusiastic person to bring up all our spirits. I bought my house 2 and a half years ago, garden looked well tended and so I was happy, it was on digging I started my knightmare.. I'm sifting and manuring and mixing with compost every border lol.. You have so much fun to enjoy! We'll be here, waiting to help, cajole and save you from suicide! Great to see a project, I'm like you, I have a young family and want to grow as much food as I can, AND have a nice garden too. I only found out from the neighbours that my whole garden was left feral for 10 years about 2 years before I moved in.. Literally, I move a stone, 3 docks, 2 dandylions and a bergamot start growing lool. I'm now busy mulching with my homemade compost.. I have 'dalek' bins, but have got a really good stirrer, so I get great compost in about 6 months.. If I can help then just yelp! Good luck, and keep up the good work.

White blotching on plants

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:30

heat sounds the cause, Mr mello is on point with this.

New arrival

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:25

not agapanthus, the leaves grow very particularly from the crown, almost regimented, they are also belt-like, and as I say grow very uniformly. But, amazingly they do seem to seed, I have two babies growing in pots (of something else) a good 20 yards away, bizarre as there isn't even soil or turf between them all paving etc. Wasn't sure when they sprouted, but gave them food and yes they are the same as the parents, always nice to increase stock, especially when it's completely unexpected!

Oh dear! What's going wrong with my toms?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:22

depends on the variety tbh, you have indeterminate, and determinate tomatoes, essentially vine or bush. If you have vine tomatoes take out the side shoots, the 'suckers', if a bush let it grow however it likes or you will be removing fruit! I don't feed til the first truss has formed, but some do and say they get more trusses and more fruit, it's up to you, but good luck and let us know how you are getting on.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:03

I have an incredible clematis right now, I 'bunged' it in a corner in rubbish soil, behind a fatsia and a large acer, and now it's gone nuts.. I'll take photos tomorrow to show you, maybe 60 flowers, beautiful waxy white about 3-4 inch in size. This thread has made me think I need to take some photos if not for a record, rather than sharing.. My tree peonies have flowered and finished.. sorry guys and gals. They are also in rubbish soil treading water while I sort the garden! Only one flower on each, but they have doubled in size from last year, and that's in terrible soil! Hoping you guys can identify the clematis as it's one I got from my brother from a large pot and 'moved'! Pics tomorrow!


Wow at everyone else's pics, what inspiration, wintersong, don't ever give me your address, because I have a trailer and will travel :P

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 22:51

yeah, agapanthus for me, my mum loves them so they remind me of her (she's not gone yet!) Bluebells, (grew up across a lane from a bluebell wood) love in the mist, and forgetmenots!! (bain of my life!) My favourite blue is the jacaranda tree when it first blossoms, very light blue and so beautiful, guess it reminds me of the med and Malta.. and good times. Ceanothus on a mature shrub, is absolutely superb, if it's been fed right, a 5 ft high by 3 ft across shrub can really wow. And the bees love it!

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

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Last Post: 09/08/2013 at 14:21

clematis - The President

Prune or not?? 
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Last Post: 11/06/2013 at 23:07

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

It's back, trying biological control this time. 
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Last Post: 14/06/2013 at 00:17

bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

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Last Post: 17/05/2013 at 10:00

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

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Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 19:53

water those poor souls!

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Last Post: 20/04/2013 at 09:35

Back after a long slog

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Last Post: 18/04/2013 at 22:46

anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 12:46

So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

well not really 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 09:28

Fine Green beans in the shops

What are they? 
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Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 18:33

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 12:09

Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
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Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 14:56

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Bumble Bee nestbox project 
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Last Post: 11/03/2013 at 19:48

While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Last Post: 08/03/2013 at 19:47

Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
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Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 10:25
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