Dirty Diggin

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Winter pot and bedding plants

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:33

Cyclamen, Bellis, Viola, Primula, Polyanthus are all readily available winter bedding plants. Garden centers will be stocking up on these within the next month or two. Mini ivys, Buxus, skimmia, dwarf conifers, hucheras make good larger plants for containers to add structure and you can plant most of them out in the garden come spring as they are shrubs / perennials..   

ID's if possible please =+)

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:29

I agree with no.3 as Monarda

Unknown beetle

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 13:02

That looks incredibly similar. I think there backs may be slightly darker brown but the egg layout and there habit look the same. Thanks very much!

Unknown beetle

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:08

Nope, unfortunately not them.. Lets hope there one of the good guys!

Unknown beetle

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 10:35


 This had even the most experienced of horticulturalists stumped and we still have no clue as to what these little guys are. They were discovered on the leaf of a Magnolia. Tiny white eggs are very neatly packed together and each are around 1mm. The beetles are around 2mm in length but are almost completely round. They have a black head and a brown back with black marks (See sketch). They have 6 legs and 2 antennas. They are staying in very tight groups but to not disperse as a family of young spiders would, however if separated they seem to find each other soon afterward. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Palm identification

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 13:08

Looks like a Dypsis lutesens to me, commonly known as the Butterfly Palm..


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 23:50

You can move them now, just make sure you give them a good soak before hand. i would also add some mushroom compost to the soil, about 50/50.. Any remaining mushroom compost you get can be used to mulch other plants in your garden

Magnolia Tree Query

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 10:40

If you're going for a pot, find one about a third of the size of the plant to keep it in proportion and pot on every two years. Remember to feed with a sutable feed. Miracle Gro or a tomato feed will be good as it begins to flower. After flowering, feed perhaps just twice a month with a feed high in nitrogen for foliage growth and phosphorus for the roots and shoots. Magnolias arnt fussy about what soil they go in. Ideally they like a neutral loam based compost with about 30% mushroom compost or other well rotted organic matter for moisture retention


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 22:48

Hi pam, are you able to get any images?

Heather and how to care for it?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 22:45

Are they spring or summer flowering? Spring flowering heathers (Erica) arnt as needy for acid soil where as the summer flowering heathers (Calluna) are a bit more dependant. However i expect the reason why they arnt looking there best would be because of where they are planted. Heathers grow well in exposed sites in full sun and good draining soil

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