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lily beatle

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:24

Provado ultimate bug killer. One spray now will last the season. It is systemic and kills the larvae that cause so much damage. I dont repeat spray, so the insecticide has worn off by the time the flowers open. If you see any red beetles, squash them.They are alien invaders and have no predators in UK.



Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:17

Mrs G that is awful. I hope your OH recovers well.

We had a funny weekend. OH fitted new autovents on the greenhouse. Thenew ones didnt fit the old holes so it took a lot longer than planned. Then we thought we would go and impart news to Mum as the Hotel is booked for the wedding.

As we were about to go out, there was a youngish girl holding up an older bloke on the wall outside. He seemed to be unable to stand , so we went out to see what was happening. He was drunk and supposedly she was helping him.  I asked him where he lived and it was in the estate around  the back of us. I asked him for a phone number and he got his wallet out and produced a slip of paper. I went in to google map it, and suddenly there was a commotion. She had grabbed his cash notes and legged it. He was in the middle of the main road on his back and cars screeching to a halt. We got him back on to the pavement, and eventually into the car and drove him the 800yards home. As he lived on his own, we phoned the police to let them know what happened. Told off for phoning 999.  Phoned 101 and they said they would send someone round, so we left him with a glass of water and went.

Went up to mums, my sisters were there. they are distinctly underwhelmed with my ideas for a bunch of garden flowers in a vase for table decorations. Also do not like my wedding cake ideas. Also not happy I am not having all the brats as bridesmaids.

They dont have to come.

This morning the drunk has sobered up and brought me a bunch of flowers.

The police had phoned us for a description of the girl, but not been to see him. I'm glad we didn't wait for them to arrive.

OH phoned his brother, who asked why we were bothering to get married after so long. His sister is not answering the phone.

Somehow I think we would have been better off in Las Vegas with the Elvis impersonator.

My friend has found a lovely silk wedding gown, that would not suit my big bust, and has an extra nought on what I wanted to pay for a frock I will wear once.

Maybe Gretna Green is still an option.


Confession Times!

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 22:09

Bribing a politician to go away???

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 09:55

I have bouquet lilies coming up in a line for cutting. Even though they are only 2inch tall I,can see flower buds. The slugs are after them . I have sprinkled crushed eggshells around them.

Purple pom pom alliums that I lined out to grow on from offsets, are budding up well. I can see at least 20 flowers forming.

Bee or fly?

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 09:49

It looks like a solitary bee that makes a nest in the soil. It will be gone in a couple of weeks after it has laid its eggs for next years bees. Dont worry. Unless you actually tread on it, it is unlikely to sting.

eucalyptus tree

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 09:05

If you want to experiment, Chiltern has Eucalyptus rodwayi seeds , also known as swamp peppermint. If you raise them, try planting one out while it is small, and give another protection for a couple of years.

eucalyptus tree

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:48

There are hundreds of eucalypts, some grow in swampy soil. Unfortunately they often dont like frosty conditions. So that limits what can be grown here. The usual one grown here is E. Gunnii, which is supposed to be the hardiest, but a lot around here died in the really bad winter a few years ago. I have a E perriniana that I grew from seed (Chiltern seeds) that is on free draining soil that survived and thrives.

With plenty of space and boggy soil ,I would plant willow.

Growing Raspberries - newbie

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:42

TC, do you know what variety they are?

Autumn fruiting varieties are pruned differently to summer fruiters.


Wallflower colours

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:38

My wallflowers are just getting going. Although it feels like summer, we must be four weeks behind you verdun,  I still have daffs opening and the magnolia is now in full bloom.

Wallflower colours

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:36

One of my bowles mauve cuttings is flowering as purple and cream stripes. Maybe a virus causing a sport. Quite pretty though.

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