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Lilly beetles

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 06:44

Start with clean compost.

 When you spot the first lily beetle, early in the season, give them a spray of provado ultimate bug killer. This is systemic and lasts about eight weeks. I only use it early in the season. By the time the flowers come out it has worn off, as evidenced by  plenty of hoverflies on my lilies.   Squash all red beetles  on sight. By this time there are a few nibbled leaves. If you see the nasty larvae encased in black faeces, wipe off with damp tissue.

 When the flowers have finished,  cut off the bit the with seed pods forming but leave the stalk with leaves on. At this point I am going to give them another spray , so the leaves can nourish the bulb for next year.

 Provado will kill bees, so it has to be used carefully. I believe in this way, you can protect the  other insects but get the lily beetles. It's not perfect, I have some nibbled leaves, but not the decimated stems I had before.

 The idea method is inspect at least twice a day,crush all beetles on sight,  wipe leaves regularly and  have perfect plants. However if you have a job or any life at all, you won't have the time.

New to gardening

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 20:33

If you want flowers through the year, visit a garden centre once a month and see what is in flower. Many gardens are planted all in one go, look  good for a few weeks then have nothing for the rest of the season. You can have shrubs for colour and scent in winter, and lots of flower through the rest of the year, spring flowering bulbs,  etc.

is this aconitum

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 20:24

No.  Aconitum has spires of flowers , more akin to delphiniums.

That looks more like an echinacea or rudbeckia,   although the leaves in the second photo look like a mix of echinacea  and peony.

Last edited: 19 July 2017 20:27:04


Posted: 19/07/2017 at 20:20

 Sort of sums it up.

 I throw the tea bags in the compost heap. It doesn't seem to stop the brandlings.

Identify please

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 22:46

Try pushing a spade down level with the fence in September, to slice off a lump.  Cut the tops down to reduce transplant shock.  Dig a hole and plant it. water well and stand well back. they will grow 6 ft and have a 3 ft  spread.

Peat-free compost

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 22:24

Over 95% of that dug out gets burnt in power stations.

 On that basis, I will keep using peat based compost as the pro's still do. Only the amateur market gets the recycled rubbish, contaminated with ??.

What's this

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 21:51

At least we are agreed it's Chenopodium.

Actually it quite obviously has the oak leaves.  

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 21:28

Oh I remember now. Fi (friends daughter) comes back. Chicklet goes.  Fi is currently planning trip to NZ with her sister, brother and cousin to visit other cousin who has gone to live there. Once they get itchy feet, there is no stopping them . (Except bank of dad)

Identify please

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 21:19

Its not really a honeysuckle (Lonicera). It is Leycesteria formosa.  In Autumn, dig it up and split it into hefty chunks, and then replant.  Easy. A lot easier than rooting honeysuckle cuttings.

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