Jess is in the Garden


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Music in the Garden

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:14

Bird song. The only music I want to hear when I garden 

Recommendations for coping with large numbers of aphids

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:11

I have been using SB Invigirator spray with good results. It's based on plant oils, so is completely safe for pollinators, pets and children.

It also acts as a foliar feed.

you do need to use it after every rainfall though. It's brilliant stuff and makes the aphids (and other pests) sticky, as well as interfering with their reproductive cycle, apparently.

however, though it will undoubtedly help your plants, I would ask the council if they can take some responsibility for their tree and treat that too.

tip for buying SB - best to buy it undiluted and make it up yourself. Much cheaper and a little goes a long way.

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 11:53

You're welcome Forerster - good luck! And be patient - I had to wait months for my lot to appear!

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 10:05
Get the sunflower hearts- I'm no expert, but somebody else's analogy further back about pistachio nuts in shells versus roasted cashews, made me laugh! Ie, they'll go for what fills them most and us easiest. Nyger is diddly and small, sunflower hearts are big and tasty. I bet they'll have all decamped to your garden in no time

Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 10:02
Never ti me! It's so pretty in the shady bit of my garden where it does it's thing and covers bare patches between plants, if it spreads too much, I just pull it up. Hardly a thug like mind your own business

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:45
Oh runny beak
Pansy your tutor was so PC eh!

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:43
That is classic! I love why you've named it the white mouse tradition. And by the way, they can be the best sorts of presents! Am waiting for my husband to give me a white mouse trip to New York some time, maybe in 7 years when I turn 50

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:38
Thank you so much! I will try everything you've suggested and have just checked soil- it seems snap but not soaking so I hope I have the watering sussed! I ALS wasn't sure how to water in the feed, once shoots emerge - best to water them in from the pebble tray or rather into soil directly do you think. Can't thank you enough-if you were my b neighbour I'd now go off and bake you a loaf of bread to say thank you! If my plant ever makes it, I'll post a photo!
Yes, I've had it about 3 years and it was on the garden until last year. Flowered a wee bit, nothing to write home about. No idea if it was a hardy type or not, but as I'm in London, it never really had to endure a really protracted hard frost.

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:32
6 cycles?! My goodness, no wonder they are hard to beat...

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:31
Thank you so much Bob.
No I'm not keeping any plants, as u mainly only have hardy perennials and evergreens, bulbs, cyclamens and the odd annual. I religiously cleared up all dead leaves this autumn too, as much as I could and sprayed insecticide over all the dormant plants.
Good idea to stop SB before, I did wonder if the SB would make it harder for predators to move too!
Can I ask you, do you use any nematodes on your thrips? Was wondering about the effectiveness, since the temperature has to be fairly high before they can e used.
I hate thrips even more than vine weevil- they ruined my garden last year

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

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Cutting from somebody I've lost touch with.  
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What is this succulent please?

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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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Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Still no flowers... 
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Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

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Hellebores

Best online retailer? 
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Clematis Alba Luxurians

Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
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Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
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Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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