Jess is in the Garden


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Peace Lily HELP!

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:20

Also, overwatering can kill them. They actually like it quite dry, with regular misting of leaves, but never sitting in water. They can go a long time without water actually. And as welsh says, our of sunlight, better in bright area away from direct heat sources. Like a good feed too.

Peace Lily HELP!

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:18

Oh no, that looks really poorly. I agree with Hosta. Get a new one. Unless thee are soil nematodes for that particular pest, which you could water in, but it looks like it may be a bit too late...

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:10

Definitely white violas and Honorine Joubert anemone. Mine a still going strong. Also white begonias just repeat flower well into October, if they're in a sheltered spot - mine are still covered in flowers.

Clematis Alba Luxurians

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:07

I bumped into a clematis grower many years ago, who told me he pruned certain varieties (like my Alba), mid Februray (he called it the valentines day massacre, so he wouldn't ever forget to do it), and since then I have always done the same to mine. It is doing very well. I just wonder though, why does this group need to be pruned then? Mine has rather tatty leaves here and there and I'd love to be able to give it a bit of a chop before Februsury, also to allow some light through to other plants. Will I harm it or will it flower less, if I prune it now instead of February, or can I tidy it up now and prune back harder in. Feb? No idea. Thank you!

Japanese anemone

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 13:29

Anemones just self seed and spread. I've never divided any of mine, though maybe I ought to! I find that the less I touch them, move them etc, the better they behave. I ket mine die back naturally in autumn, then cut them at their base and leave well alone. They just pop up in spring and so their own thing again. Very tough plants really. Some of the leaves on mine, higher up, were looking bad this year due to red spider mite damage, but fresher leaves came up after I treated. Maybe yours were too dry and / or had a pest bothering them too? Vine weevils are black, flightless beetles that mainly come out at night and take notch shaped chunks out if leaves. They are all female and can lay hundreds of eggs every year, which turn into pale larvae/ grubs, about 1" long. These are what do the most damage, because they feed on plant roots and can kill a plant completely if they happen to sever a main trunk root. Normally pot plants are most at risk. I apply nematodes that control the situation, in spring and autumn and now have a virtually weevil free zone 

Nematodes for thrips

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:54

They expire mid October, according to the pack.

was wondering if they'd work in temperatures lower than 15  c at night....

weird caterpillar like thingy ID please

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:37

 Mel. 

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.

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Pest on my house ficus

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Plant ID please

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Why? 
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Enclosed, walled, south facing garden 
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Please ID this one for me!

Cutting from somebody I've lost touch with.  
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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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Golfinches have landed!

Best seed for them? 
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Dreaded thrips

How can I get the better of them this year?! 
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Clematis Cirrhosa

does it flower in its first year? 
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