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Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 14:45

Wintersong, that is exactly what I do to slugs to!  I refuse to feel guilty, I would feel bad when I'd be using the pellets though. Lily beetles are crushed with whatever I can find - I really love my Fritillaria meleagris- IMO just as quick as boiling them.

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 14:33

Oh dear, that doesn't sound good. Judging from what you're saying it seems that either the rootsystem or the stem has been damaged severely. And there are a number of possible reasons. Can you show us some pictures of the Lilac complete, it's stem and it's surroundings? Maybe we can help you.

BTW, have you scratched the bark with a thumbnail? Was it vibrant green underneath? And when was the neighbour's fruit tree planted?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 11:45

Good afternoon all,

Yikes, another muggy day. But outside everything is growing like mad in this weather!  Looking at all those wonderful little plants in the GH made me a little envious as well! Wow, are they looking good Gardeningfanatic and Lily-Louise .

I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I have never grown my annual plants from seed but just buy them new every year.My only excuse is that I don't need that many as I will only be filling some pots and the rest of the garden is already filled with trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs but it still amazes me to see how dedicated some people can be. Please keep those piccies coming 'cause they brighten up a dark day.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 14:50

Why don't they have a green smiley? I'm green with envy after looking at that forecast. So you'll come back to be The Bronze Adonis once again? Hopefully Margaret will recognize you and mrs Geoff. Have a safe journey and enjoy the warmth and sun.

Help Plant Ident

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 14:27

Ok Sallysgarden, we'll keep an eye out for it. BTW, would it be possible to enlarge the picture. That could make it clearer to us.

Blossom Trees

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 14:21

Hi Steven,

I'm sorry to disappoint you but the trees you mention will be growing higher than 2-3 m. In your case I would recommend planting some shrubs that do reach that size. Some of my personal favourites would be: Amelanchier lamarckii, Halesia carolina, Cornus alternifolia 'Pagoda', Cornus kousa, Nandina domestica, Hibiscus syriacus, Syringa, Philadelphus, Magnolia stellata but have a look around, there are so many beautiful shrubs to choose from.  

tiny black bugs

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 13:55

We will need a picture, mrssnuggs.

Help Plant Ident

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 13:46

I think it is Angelica archangelica, Garden Angelica.

Help Plant Ident

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 13:19

I'm sorry but I don't see a picture. Could it possibly be Crambe cordifolia?

Plum Tree

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 13:03

Two possibilities spring to my mind. One is that it needs to grow new roots in order to establish itself again, which means that that will take up most of its energy. Therefore the leaves are small but it's enough for photosynthesis. It's a good idea to remove the blossom 'cause then there is no energy "wasted".

Two; You may have re-planted it too deep and therefore the roots don't get enough oxygen. If that's the case you can take some of the soil off the roots now and I would advise you to re-plant after the leaves have fallen in late Autumn.

A picture could make the trees situation much clearer. 

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