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pesky pests

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 17:19

Sorry to hear about the demise of the citrus shrub. Dr Hessayen "Expert" series does give some really good advice about how to deal with it......... including insecticide but just can't find the book at the moment

If I remember right I think red spider mite are a symptom of dry/hot  conditions, I would remove any webs or signs of it with a damp cotton bud and mist the plant regularly

Found it... his advice

"Daily misting will help prevent attack; spray with derris, malathion or systemic insecticide as soon as the first signs are seen" Hope that helps a little

Still disappointed

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 22:25

Thanks to all replies

I do think changing the pagination ( new word to me) would really make the site a lot more user friendly and make the whole forum more dynamic and informative.It would mean that you could link earlier questions/answers to current ones.

Thanks Daniel



Seed swap

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 21:10

Hi Gardengirl, glad you're happy with the Ragged Robin seeds. I sowed them fresh off the plant in the Summer when the seed pods were nice and dry, and they germinated really well.

My false sunflower may well be classed as an invasive weed, I don't know what it is, I inherited it when I moved here.  It's is growing in very poor heavy soil in partial shade.

 Some visitors this year


When the sun is out it has been smoothered  with all different types of insects. I have dug the seeds out but to be honesty they aren't the best. Another option would be for me to send out some of the tubers in soil  if anyone was interested?

Congratulations asilvert on your getting the job, well done, it's a very tough job market out there.

I'm ok with a bit of covert sweed collecting, nothing wrong with it

Christmas Greetings

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 21:53

A happy Christmas to all


It's the Solstice on Friday Spring won't be long

Still disappointed

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 21:49

Just have to say that I'm still disappointed that you can only still view the last 100 posts.

Gardening is a long term project so still can't see why you can't view all your posts if you so wish. I wanted to post a link to a previous thread tonight, but because it was over 100 post I couldn't find it. I have had some brilliant advice advice from other forum members about how to find these "lost posts" but I still can't see why  they can't be made available to us.

For me, this is a real negative of the site, it's really frustrating when you want to link it to another current thread and then you can't find/see it with ease

Seed swap

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 21:07

I'm in I love growing from seed but always have a surplus.

Currently I have some mixed sweet william small plants and some mixed sweet rocket plants- both were sown from seeds this year and should flower next year. Hardy plants as they are in the cold frames.

I'm interested in seeds/cuttings/plants that are good for pollinating insects

I have too many seeds to list, but they include, night scented stock, snapdragons, cornflowers, lupins,sunflowers, sweetpeas.

I also have seeds from a plant  that insects love, probably classed as invasive if you don't keep an eye on it- bees and butterflies love it. It has a very bushy tendancy but easy to divide,tough as old boots- it's known in this household as the "false sunflower" It really is a bee butterfly magnet.


favourite plant

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 19:26

Favourite plants, too many to mention, just like favourite tracks, albums, books or films.

My favourites this year has been Snapdragons, for ease of growing from seed, colour, long lasting and all the fat bumblies. Also Cosmos Purity for it's height, also Scabious,Clary sage, Bowles Mauve wallflowers....... I could go on

Fork Handles

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 17:55

Hi Flo, I like singing as well, turn the volume up and sing away

Fork Handles

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 17:54

Evening everyone, as usual it has suddenly dawned on me that the festive season is upon us

I do have a tree but it's completly bare and is found very frequently on the floor being dragged around. I have taken pics of the culprits but for some reason, even though I know the pic is on the phone, my laptop can't see them. I do have a very short attention span to technical problems, but will try again

Looking forward to the results show of the dancing, but very intrigued how how to watch the show in real time?

How come my smilies don't have the Santa hat?

Bees in garden

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 18:32

I grew the white Cosmos for the first time this year and saw the same as you the bees loved them. Mine were very late in flowering as the Summer was awful but when then did grow..........they can get to be tall plants. Will grow them again next year

I had a huge amount of large bumblies attracted to the snapdragons, got lots of enjoyment watching the bees bums as they fought their way in

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