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Greenfly by the million

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 08:42

There seems to be no end.....we are all plagued by the dreaded greenfly. I've also heard hanging fat balls near the affected plant(s) will do the trick and the birds will happily pick off the greenfly. My butterfly bush, roses and twisted hazel is covered in greenfly but since the fat balls are too heavy for these plants, I blast them off with a jet of water - temporary measure which seems to work.  Keep the plants well watered.


Posted: 09/06/2013 at 15:51

I lost my acer little princess which in a pot and did really well when i bought it 2years ago. Then just last month i noticed it dying back. Watering did nothing to save it. Took it out of the pot to check for pests but didn't find anything. Very sad. Now my shindojo which is in the ground is also dying but ive not taken it out, hoping it will show sign of recovery. Any advice is appreciated.


Greenfly by the million

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 09:52

Hi there, my rose bushes and butterfly bush are covered in greenfly.  I use diluted Fairy Liquid but doesn't seem to deter them at all.  Planting marigold was a pointless exercise as they have all been eaten.  All I can do without having to resort to using chemicals is water the plants thoroughly to make sure they remain healthy. I had black spot on a few leaves on the rose bush which I've cut off and destroyed.  I know this is not much help but just so you know you are not alone in fighting the battle against greenfly, aphids and black spot. My acers were also attacked with aphids but unfortunately, I had no choice but to use Rose Clear and when that failed I ended up spraying with fairy liquid and picking them off with my fingers as well as squishing them off the branches. As for ladybirds, I've seen only one on my Acer!


Blossom Trees

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 19:19

Hi Stephen,

For Acers, check out e-bay, Morrisons and J. Parker (www.jparker.co.uk)

Also check out Millais Nursery for Rhododendrons, Azaleas, they also stock a few varieties of Acers http://www.rhododendrons.co.uk

I would source plants on e-bay as a first port of call.

Blossom Trees

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 09:01

Hi there, I'm in the process of creating an 'acid' border and would also recommend Acers - having now planted over 18 in the border - they look absolutely fantastic. One favourite is A.P. Aureum - red stems in the autumn folllowed by Golden/Green foliage in the Spring/summer, another favourite A.P. Shin Doshojo - scarlet red stems and foliage. Most acers grow from 6ft to around 20ft but you can keep them to a desired height once they are established.  The Aureum has grown from 1ft to nearly 6ft in 3 years. Some are slow growing so its best to let them grow and allow them to take their natural shape. They can also be expensive to buy, so shop around. To compliment the acers I've planted Rhododendrons and Azaleas - all acid loving plants with low maintenance with acers providing year round colour and interest. Tall Rhodos are also a favourite.  For more inspiration take a look at the Fourseasonsgarden on the web. The colours are amazing. Hope this helps. Good luck and keep us posted on progress.

Talkback: Weather damage to plants

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 08:50
Sadly, I also lost an acer which was already suffering from wind burn and the frost finally killed it off. Have planted another so I'm hoping it will survive this unsettling weather, although we do need the rain, we can do without the frost.
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