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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


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!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 21:38



As promised Fairygirl my black Calla lily enjoying the sunshine!

Plant ID help needed please!

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 06:42

Many thanks. Back home from working in Helsinki tomorrow so shall use that as a starting point for closer investigation. I was very doubtful about them being raspberries when my friend brought them to me as I already grow Tayberry, Loganberry and thornless blackberry and there was no similarity!! Looks like a bumper crop this year too if things continue well. Hope I'm off shift in the UK when they ripen - if not I'm sure wife and daughter will tell me how nice they were!!

Plant ID help needed please!

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 04:31

No thorns so perhaps not Sloe?!

Plant ID help needed please!

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 18:37

Interesting. Thanks for your feedback. Will ask friend if apple trees next door!

Plant ID help needed please!

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 18:33

Oops. Or this!! Sorry!


Plant ID help needed please!

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 18:31

Try this!!


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