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Tiarella propagation

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 12:07
Thanks for the info folks. With the lovely wet mild weather we've enjoyed over the past few days I can report mother and baby are both doing well!! That first frost seems a long way off yet (hopefully!). Will pick and freeze the sloes this year rather than wait til after the first frost as they are looking good and ready to be mated with the gin! Think I will pick the last of the tomatoes tomorrow too and use them whether red or green.

Tiarella propagation

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 17:44
Just been tidying my front garden and while clearing the leaves from around a Tiarella I inadvertently pulled a piece off! Having looked at it it seems to have its own section of root etc and so I have planted it in hope that it will grow on! A quick Google advises to propagate by division in spring but as the plant is in good health I wondered if it will survive? Any experience of this gladly welcome. Thanks

philadelphus virginal

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:46


My wife fell in love with philadelphus virginal when she saw/smelt a large one in full flower in a neighbour's garden. I asked if I could take a small cutting and they happily obliged. We grew it in a small pot in our utiltily room as a hardwood cutting over winter 2012/13 and then popped it in our cold frame in the following spring (potting on as it grew) and then finally planted it in the garden proper last autumn. It is now in full flower despite being relatively small and it looks stunning and smells amazing. So the simple answer is just use the normal hardwood cutting method and you won't go far wrong!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:32

Yep, they're the eggs! They tend to try to lay them under the lower leaves along the crease on the underside of Lily leaves. Just out of interest where were the eggs on the fritillary?

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 14:19
Hi Weirdnetangel,

A previous poster on here had suggested making this mixture up in a spray rather than resorting to chemical pesticides as the only one that seems to work on the Lily beetle is the same one that is really bad for bees!!

"I made a mixture of olive oil ( 150 ml ) washing up liquid ( 300 ml ) plus about 500ml of water. Shake the mixture and spray the beetles. I tried this yesterday and it certainly zapped the beetles."

When I pick them off the plants I just drop them into some soapy water and they seem to drown really quickly!

Hope this helps. ????

Wisteria not flowering why?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:12
Tough love it is then!! Anythings worth a try now!! Cheers

Wisteria not flowering why?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 06:51
They were all from seperate nurseries over the past 5 to 10 years! Have asked them all and have followed their advice and still no flowers!! We have great success with everything else in our garden including some fantastic results with propogating tricky plants which makes this even more frustrating!!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 22:34

The beetles begin emerging on sunny days in late March and April when they seek out the foliage of host plants. Eggs are laid in small batches on the underside of leaves during April to mid-summer. The eggs hatch and the larvae feed on the foliage. When fully fed, the larvae go into the soil to pupate. The next generation of adult beetles emerges from mid-summer onwards. These beetles add to the feeding damage but there is only one generation a year and these late summer adults will not mate and lay eggs until the following year.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 21:53

Had the little blighters in Huddersfield for about a month now. First seen on the snake's head fritillary but then spotted on the emerging lilies! All hunted down and squished and no sign of eggs!!

Wisteria not flowering why?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 21:39

We have 3 different varieties of wisteria, all proper nursery grown plants that all had flowers when we bought them but we have never managed to get a single flower ever since. We have followed the twice annually pruning to the letter, tried all the different techniques we could find online, asked the experts at the Gardeners World show etc (feeding potash, treating mean, lots of water late summer) but all to no avail. We have 2 in large patio containers and 1 in the ground now and despite looking healthy and producing many buds for beautiful foliage, that is all we ever get! 2 neighbours have very old wisteria that appear to grow from under tarmac/concrete patio slabs who spend no time pruning feeding etc and yet they are now covered in flower buds about to burst forth!! Very frustrating!! We will wait in hope though that one day they will finally provide us with the amazing fragrant flower display we bought them for!!

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