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Latest posts by diggingdoris

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 11:29

Oh dear, I hadn't thought about the bees being affected. It's just that I have a 10 large pots of lilies and I can't be out there all day looking for the blighters. I know from experience that if they are not caught they can strip a lily stem overnight, every leaf, leaving that awful poo. Maybe this year I'll try not to use the spray and just be more vigilant. If only the bees would leave the lilies alone and visit all the other flowers I've got in the garden-sorted!

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:37

There's lots of advice and comments on this site, but I suggest checking every day, looking under the leaves as well and stamping on the little blighters. I also spray mine with Provado bug spray. Excellent as it's gets into the plant tissue and kills the nibblers and lasts for 6 weeks. Be careful when you try to remove the bugs, as if they fall off they fall on their backs showing a brown underneath- almost impossible to see on the soil!

Jack's Magic MPC

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:41

Oh I didn't read what it was made up of. I just saw a bit that had fallen out of a split bag at the GC and thought 'that looks good to me'. There's been so much rubbish in previous years, that I thought I'd grab something that looked workable.

Jack's Magic MPC

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:25

Oh that's good news. Thank you.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:20

My lilies are about 4 inches tall so I must start giving them a look every day. Would the birds eat the ones I squash? I believe in re-cycling!

I keep seeing this plant, is it a weed, i thought it was primula at 1st

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:14

Yes I was going to say the same. I have it and it comes up like a weed. Someone once told me that if you keep a few sprigs in a vase in the kitchen in the summer it keeps the flies away. Anyone know that story?

help!! old fashioned 'proper' carnations needed

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:11

I have several plants growing that have come from the off shoots you get on some shop bought carnations, but all mine are from the spray type. i.e. one stem with lots of flowers on, not the single big flowered type. I always thought the big headed ones were greenhouse grown, so not available to grow in our gardens. But I could be wrong.

Camellia flower problem

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 16:28

Mine is doing the same. I had the first 2 flowers open up beautifully then the rest have done this. I think it's because the nights have been so cold, not quite frosty. Whereas earlier on the weather was much warmer, hence the flowers opened up quite happily. I may be wrong, hopefully someone on here can advise us both. Roll on the warm weather I say!

Jack's Magic MPC

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 15:46

I've just bought a sack of this from a garden centre. I have not seen this brand in previous years, so I wasn't sure what it would be like. But after some of the disastrous mixtures in recent years I must say I'm pleasantly surprised. It's fine and black and soft, without all those bits of bark, straw and wood that have made up some of the useless stuff I've bought in the past. The proof will be in the growing of course. Have any of you used it before or is it new this year?

Filling plant pots

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 15:22

I have used bits of polystyrene for years and find it keeps the pots lightweight. The trays the pizza or meat products come in from the supermarket are good as they easily break to whatever size you want to cover the holes in a pot. Also unlike crocks and stones they don't take up much room so there's more room for the soil/compost.

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