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lily beatle

Posted: Today at 09:08

Is provado safe for bees? I have ben picking Lily beetles off my snakehead fritillarys, whilst they are in flower and the bees definitely visit the flowers.

Apple tree cuttings

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 14:36

It is very difficult for an amateur to propagate an apple from cuttings, they are very difficult to root. What you could try is layering a small branch, which will give you a clone of the tree, but you will end up with a very big tree. Better to graft as recommended by Dovefrom above.

Cherry Tree

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 14:30

I would also try to boost its health. Cherries do not like poor drainage, poor acid soils and shade. If any of these apply you need to change the conditions. Definitely feed with a general fertiliser suchs fish, blood and bone.

Anyone know any good trees that like very wet ground??

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 14:27

Trouble with Metasequoia is that like Taxodium it needs a hot summer to flourish. The Tamarack, a larch from eastern North America tolerates wet conditions in their climate, I dont know how it responds over here as it is not commonly planted . Although, alders and willows sound dull you can get varieties of them. With alders there are golden leaved and cutleaved varieties also weeping varities.

Best way to get rid of wild garlic?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 14:05

Eat it.

I would have thought regular mowing would have eliminated it. Improving your drainage would help, it likes damp soil.

How Much Sun

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 13:53

Have you got good drainage? In winter that is essential for mediterranean herbs. You seem to have the best aspect for the herbs. The Lemon balm needs damper conditions, it self seeds freely on my clay soil in NW England, so keep it damper than the others

Unusual cowslips

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 13:47

the hybrid between a Primrose and a Cowslip is a false Oxlip, and I noticed my first one in my garden this spring ,{Both Primrose and cowslip self seed prolfically in the garden}.They are yellow of course, but you can get all kinds of colours in garden Primroses.

Plant ID help please.

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 13:43

Could the third one be a shrubby honeysuckle, Lonicera tartatica?

eucalyptus tree

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:54

Most Eucalypts are not hardy in Britain. The few that are come from high on mountains on well drained slopes. If you like a grey leaf effect consider one of the smaller willows such as Salix daphnoides[Violet willow]. Other not too big trees tolerant of wet include Betula nigra and Nyssa sylvatica.

fritillary flowers

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:06

Caught two more of them on my fritillarys. in the very act of trying to reproduce themselves, coitus interruptus followed and proved terminal. Checked on google, they are, sorry, were Lily beetles. I hope they dont have major infestations on fritillarys as they do on lilies.

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