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philadelphus virginal

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:46

Hi,

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!!

Climbing/trailing strawberries

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 20:26

Hi,

I have experimented over the last couple of years with maximising growing space/minimising water wastage in my garden and this year have put up some extra hanging baskets to grow F1 tumbling toms in rather than the usual gro bag toms. I have some guttering growers attached to railings which I have successfully grown cut and come again salad and herbs etc in but now am looking to utilise for other things. I think it would be nicely out of the way from slugs etc to grow something like the Mount Everest climbing/trailing strawberry in but not sure if there will be adequate space/soil for them. We love our own strawberries and although willing to experiment don't want to risk getting none from this method and wondered if any one else had been "daft" enough to try this previously and if so what results they achieved!!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 07:56

Nothing really tricky Fairygirl but when in pots you should change the soil every spring and you must be careful not to damage the roots when doing it. We have them in pots so that we can bring them in over the winter as they are tender and make beautiful indoor plants too. Also, although, heavily improved our underlying soil is clay and they don't like soggy feet!

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