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Dahlia no show - did I do something wrong?

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:53

I've never grown Dahlias before this year, so I bought a mixed bag from a value shop, to see how I got on. Only 9 of the 11 tubers have grown, and they don't look like the picture on the bag. But very pretty none the less. I had terrible trouble as soon as the leaves emerged. Blasted  slugs munched every day. I resorted to putting a ring of animal hair (from the hoover) around each stem and it seemed to stop them in their tracks. If I hadn't done that I doubt I would have had any plants at all.

plant ID please

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:41

I have 2 mystery plants that have appeared this summer. I've been waiting to see what sort of flower they produce to help with identifying them but they are getting bigger but still no flowers.

The large heart shaped leaf has a fine soft down on front, back and stem. It has appeared near the wild bird seed feeder, so I wonder if it is something from there.

The other one has appeared by my front door and is fragrant when you touch the leaves.

I hope the photos can help.

Mini roses being eaten

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:04

Can anyone advise me as the tiny rose buds are being eaten from the base, usually by a small green caterpillar making a hole in the calyx. Some of the clusters of buds are being stuck together with a silk web type stuff. I couldn't see what was doing this until I pulled a bud off today and a little green head popped out! I have sprayed with Provado now but was not sure if this will be effective. Any help will be gratefully received.

searching for a name

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 13:57

Forgot to say  they were Fryers roses.

searching for a name

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 13:56

Thank you for all your suggestions. I picked up a brochure from Hampton Court FS and ordered some rose bushes from them. A huge selection to choose from and all are doing well. I chose Sheilas perfume, Amber sweet dreams, and Mamma Mia..

Worth having a look at their website.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 18:02

Here in Essex we've had big black rolling clouds all day. Sadly not a drop of that moisture has fallen! More watering tonight then.

Lily beetles

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 21:59

is it right that they stay dormant in soil over winter? Someone told me that they hatch out once the foliage appears.

Lily beetles

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 18:17

Oh I don't like to think I am killing bees by using Provado, but I do only use it on two pots of lilies, not on anything else in the garden. I hope that as I grow numerous bee loving plants, hopefully they won't settle on my lilies.

Lily beetles

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 20:06

I have not seen any beetles yet or holes in the leaves, but I've sprayed with  Provado because I know that if I miss checking one day I might get a nasty surprise the next day. Little blighters!

Asparagus - will it grow?

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 20:01

Mine has only just appeared so you may see some soon.

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