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Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 16:23

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 16:20


Impressive but, as you say, not cheap and out of my range too. I didn't even know you could get them non-comercially.

Edd, do you happen to know if the various predatory mites are themselves affected negatively by that SB Invigorator Spray, at all? In case you don't know it, it's an organic, natural and totally safe spray that Ive been using with great results. Controls red spider mite and many other pests, even thrips, when there aren't too many already.

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 14:22

Thanks pansy - the sunflower hearts I give them are no-mess, husk less ones and even so, they make quite a mess...but other birds eat the rest, so its fine.

Good analogy by the way 

Funnily enough, the goldfinches visiting us don't squabble or flee - they sit for up to a minute a a time, on the wire surrounding perch and eat fairly methodically until they are fit to burst, it seems!

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 13:52

Thanks Edd. 

I also tried the mites (which apparently work on red spider mite larvae too), and had no luck with them. It was summer and warm enough, I think. 

The only nematodes I ever found to use were the type you have to spray directly onto the adults. Never heard of the type you mention, which live in soil...will have a look! So, in theory, if you get all the pupae in time, you ought to be able to eliminate the next generation before it hatches. In an ideal word 

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 13:49

 that's brilliant Dove.

Yes, the blackbirds, robins and odd word pigeon have been doing a grand job getting rid of the fallout. 

Interesting how they go for sunflower hearts over all else - I wonder if that's because they are meant to be the rolls royce of seeds and require no work either. Plus they get more in one beakful!


Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 13:34

Thanks Lesley! It really has been amazing to watch them. And when I'm in the garden, they all stop, cock their heads to one side and cheep at me, but without flying off, as they used to. Seems they are getting used to me 

Off to google Nyger seed...

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 13:19

Thanks Edd - never heard of sticky strips! What do I do there and how do they work? Did you find nematodes worked for you? I used the Grow your Own and they made no difference at all, but maybe I wasn't catching them whole or was spraying too infrequently...

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 13:17

After almost a year of virtually no activity with my bird feeder, I was positively delighted when TEN (yes 10!) goldfinches started using it a couple of weeks back.

Now it's a constant food fest up there - along with a few coal tits, some blue tits and the odd blackbird/robin/wood pigeon that hoover up what ends up in the flower bed beneath 

It has been pure joy for me and my little girl, aged 6, to sit at the kitchen window and watch them all.

I've been using 'no mess' sunflower hearts - all the birds soon to love them - but after doing a bit of research and reading that goldfinches' natural food is seed, I was wondering if there is a particular kind they prefer or that is better for them, as they are the ones feeding from my garden the most - messy too - they scatter the husk less seeds everywhere!



Posted: 27/01/2015 at 13:12

Really? That's lifted my spirits! Thanks 

One of mine has a dark cluster of new growth in the centre - can't tell if only leaves or some buds too yet...

How big are vine weevil grubs?

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 12:20

UGH , ugh and ugh again - hate the blighters!

They can be anything up to and inch long - orangey head, creamy, disgusting, fat body.

Have I mentioned how much I despise them?

Definitely use nematodes to control them in the future - April and October for a big infestation. Or alternatively Provado only in pots that doth have pollinating insects visiting that plant.

Works for me.

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