Latest posts by Gold1locks

Montana wilt?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 21:57

Montana is more resistant to wilt than the larger flowered hybrids. As it has only affected part of the plant I would check closely to see whether tehre has been some physical damage to the affected stem. With wilt the plant usually collapses very quickly. 

Insect identity wanted please, friend or foe?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 21:35


Insect identity wanted please, friend or foe?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 20:22

Daisy, not sure if this works any better than Frank's. I just googled read and black beetle UK. Hope you get a page full of photos to help you identify your insect.

seedling compost

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 20:18

I have just bought some Westlands MP compost from my local garden centre and it is as good as ever. For seeds I would just mix in some sharp sand. 

I think that good garden centres will check the quality of their supplies and return it if it is not good enough, as their reputation depends on it. They may well use it themselves.  I suspect that the average DIY store or supermarket just accepts delivery and dumps it outside the entrance without checking quality. 

Insect identity wanted please, friend or foe?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 20:13

Could be one of many different species. Google asparagus beetle, Red & Black Froghopper. Really need a photo. 


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 18:14

....and it works! I watched Monty doing it. I thought he was doing it a bit early as September was warm and the cuttings were left uncovered. I thought they might dry out but most of mine struck and are well on their way right now. I'll have to give some away! 


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 17:58

10" semi hardwood cuttings in a trench with sharp sand at the bottom, in September. I am sure there is a very recent thread all about this -sorry I can't look for it now. Hopefully someone will find it for you, otherwise I will track it down later. 

Wet Ground

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 17:56

Not a good idea. Thirsty evergreens like leylandii will cast a lot of shade which will not do your lawn any good at all, and deciduous trees will not draw up any moisture when you most need it in winter, and will result in a lot of moss, followed by bald patches in summer. 

You could try aeration with a tine fork, but I'm afraid you have already hit on the real solution, which is to dig it up, find out what the problem is, prepare the soil properly, and returf.   


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 17:49

It's amazing how they look so pathetic by July, as if they have died, and then spring back to luscious life in spring. 


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 16:47

Squirrels are also known to do this. It's happened to some of mine this year. For some reason only the white ones have been attacked. 

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