Latest posts by fidgetbones

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 13:30

I have squashed quite a lot of beetles today, I sprayed the lilies with provado ultimate bug killer a month ago but that is obviously wearing off now. The flower buds are there, so I regard that as success. I spent one summer wiping the larvae off onto damp kitchen paper. revolting job.

how many petunias could i plant in this bowl?

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 12:17

How big is the bowl?

Fruit non-bushes

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 08:55

If the gooseberry and blackcurrant look like canes, they need formative pruning  but not now. The blackcurrant I would prune down to six inches at the end of July. Gooseberries are winter pruned.

They will do far better in the garden. My blackcurrant bushes are five feet across and loaded, they would not be in a pot.

What plant is this

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 08:46

I have bought one or two but they don't last long with me. I have Roscoeas instead which are described as orchid like. 

Whitefly/Rocket Lettuce

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 08:33

Ps I don't spray anything that I am going to eat in the next couple of weeks.

Whitefly/Rocket Lettuce

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 08:32

If the rocket is flowering it is past it. It quickly runs to seed at this time of year. Time to chuck it all on the compost heap and start again. I grow rocket in deep trays as leaves to cut for salads. I sow fresh every three weeks to keep a constant supply through the summer.

cosmos buds

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 22:42

I move them from the 3inch pots into six inch pots, and pinch out the tops to make them bush. I plant out quite large plants into gaps in July.

What plant is this

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 22:37

If you don't want them. I'll have them. I would prepare a bed and carefully group them together, discarding the Lily bulbs. Keep as much of the soil around the roots as possible, they need a relationship with fungi in the soil.

Earth / Soil Advice

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 22:30

If you don't like the phormium overhanging the path, I would dig it out. You can't prune it like that and get a good result.

Help identify a plant

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 22:13

It looks like Beech to me too. You can either trim it to keep it small or hedge like, or let it grow into a huge tree. If you trim in late July or August, it keeps its leaves over winter, and drops them in Spring rather than Autumn.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Ghost orchid

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Manganese in Epsom salts?

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plant identification

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Aquilegia flowers 2016

Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
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New look forum

What the chuff have you done to it? 
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The cutting garden 2016

Grow your own flowers for the house. 
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Special offers

time limited special offers 
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Fantasy garden

Other papers have fantasy football, or fantasy portfolio. As we can't do much in our real gardens at this time of year, let us have a fantasy garden 
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wedding music

any non religious ideas 
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Plant porn

We all like a bit of plant porn. 
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bananas from seed

has anyone achieved this? 
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chelsea winners

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Lotus corniculatus

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Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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