Latest posts by figrat

Vine Weevil

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:21

As far as I know, most things. I've had them eat lily roots and mint, a neighbour's had them attack a rose too. All the above have been in containers, though, and I think that's one of their favourite habitats, especially if the drainage isn't as good as it could be.

I do know of folk who've been plagued by them in their garden borders as well. 

What is this weed?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 20:51

Try checking out enchanter's nightshade.

Golden courgette

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 19:56

I think you'd be fine. Everything's about 6 weeks behind.

Wedding flowers for September

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 17:46

Dahlias come in a wide range of colours, and you'll certainly find some in the pink/red/purple spectrum. Doubt whether sweet peas would still be flowering in abundance, and lavender might wellbee over too.

Cosmos is long flowering, and a good cut flower, easy from seed, comes in white and pink. I'm sure there will be other suggestions.

what makes a good window box / Basket

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 17:15

As I've only got my kitchen windowsills for window boxes I use them in the summer for  cut and come again saladings, then plant them up in the autumn with miniature daffs, iris reticulata and violas.


Posted: 29/04/2013 at 16:39

Celandines are perennial, so unfortunately won't just go away. As well as digging them out, I think I'm right in thinking they also produce  tiny bulbils from which new plants will appear.

Vine Weevil

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 18:24

You could microwave it, should zap any lurking unhatched eggs too.

Can anyone tell me what this is plese...

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 08:46

Well, it does spread. Depends how much space you've got, I suppose!

camelia yellowing

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 15:55

Is it planted in ericaceous compost?

yellow box

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 13:09

Excessive sunlight can cause discoloration and sun-scald to leaves. General bronzing or an orange coloration of the foliage is also due to environmental stress usually following hot, dry spells in summer, although a contributing factor may be root damage due to winterwaterlogging.

Over winter, leaf tips and margins commonly yellow due to low temperatures. Leaf discoloration will tend to be more common in exposed sites. Young growth in spring can also get caught by frost, turning them pale brown and often papery-looking. An application of fertiliser in spring to encourage fresh new growth, along with clipping, usually rectifies these problems.

General yellowing of foliage may be symptomatic of waterlogging, especially on heavy clay soils. Roots subjected to waterlogging are usually a blue-black colour in cross section and fall apart when teased out. Damaged roots should be removed, top growth trimmed back and the box replanted.

Box may sometimes suffer from the following problems: box blight, box sucker, box tree caterpillar, plant establishment problems, red spider mite and scale insects. If in doubt, our page on box problems is a good place to start.

( From the RHS site)

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