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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.

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.

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