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Latest posts by Jess is in the Garden

weird caterpillar like thingy ID please

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:37


Nematodes for thrips

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:28

I have some 'Grow your Own" nematodes left over from trying to treat scarid fly on my indoor house plants. wondering if it's too late to stick them in a sprayer and treat a couple of plants covers in thrips, in the garden, or is it too cold now in London? We have reached about 12 degrees at night and daytime is about 18 C still. Thanks.

Japanese anemone

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:24

Hmmmm, don't talk to me about vine weevil, as I'm at constant war with mine 

With weevil damage, the plant will literally keel over and die, just like that.

Could be.

My anemones haven't all flowered this year. The ones I moved last autumn and this spring were sulking, so didn't yield. The ones I didn't touch from last year were fine.

They're quite stroppy if you move them... 

Can you grow a tree in a pot?

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:21

My potted eucalyptus (inherited from anther gardener) lasted about 5 years, but was too big even in a large pot on a sunny patio and was dying to get out.

 however, my acer palmatum is very happy in its pot in semi shade, sheltered and I have put two olive tees in post on my sunny patio and they love it. They like poor soil (in Greece they often grow in the sand), are very slow growing and don't mind some drought either. Need to be fee draining though and will appreciate a mulch and feed in spring.

Sort of depends on what aspect your garden is and how sheltered it is too.

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:17

Mine are going the same way, OP.

I deadhead as much as I can, thin out and chuck the bits that have stopped yielding any flowers too.

Autumn is on the way....


saving trees from a new garden building

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:26

saving trees from a new garden building

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:12

My neighbour talks to her rowan tree - apparently it's a tree steeped in mythology, as it was believed to protect one's home with its magical powers.

My neighbour refuses to move hers, even though it's in the wrong place for her to grow other things,  because moving it could harm the witch spirits who reside in it.


Shes lovely, my neighbour 

Plant disruption - Spring or Autumn

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:07

I would agree with Autumn as well. Gives plants time to set down roots whilst the soil is still warm enough, before the weather gets really cold.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:05

Ooh I'm drooling at the dahlias in here!

I suppose my Marina violas, olive trees, pyracantha and cyclamen hederifoliums are my favourites at the moment.

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:01

Thank you both so much for for your responses - the RHS site is very good. Looks like a fussy plant to grow, whether indoors or out! I'm sure you're not thick at all Philippa!

Beaus: I'm not sure which type it is, but it was bought as an outdoor plant many moons ago, in a garden centre and I would guess it's probably a big standard G. jasminoides, as the leaves and flowers look right. London has had some very mild winters lately, so yes, it was partly that and partly keeping it along a very sheltered west wall which probably helped it to survive. 

Off to get my compost sorted now! And a better pot. And a gravel tray. And a pair of kid gloves. Maybe I ougut. to talk to it nicely too....

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Wilting pelargonium leaves

What disease is this? 
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What is this succulent please?

Label fell off and I can't remember! 
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Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Lost 3, this is my last one standing... 
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Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Where can I buy it? 
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Last Post: 29/01/2015 at 10:02

Golfinches have landed!

Best seed for them? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2015 at 19:34

Dreaded thrips

How can I get the better of them this year?! 
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Last Post: 28/01/2015 at 19:32

Clematis Cirrhosa

does it flower in its first year? 
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Last Post: 08/01/2015 at 12:35

Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Still no flowers... 
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Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 16:23

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Any ideas? 
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Last Post: 18/10/2014 at 19:48


Best online retailer? 
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Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 13:12

Clematis Alba Luxurians

Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
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Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 21:31

Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:49

Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 11:08

Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 21:08

Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:43
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