Latest posts by Lavande

Seed Head ID

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:58

Thanks Fidgetbones, there's not a lot on google for hawksbit but from what I could see the leaves coming from the stem are different.

Seed Head ID

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:43

Can anyone help with this?  It caught my eye from the window and I thought it was one of the biggest dandielions I had ever seen - but It is much bigger and the seeds don't puff away as easily.  It is bigger than a dandielion but smaller than a tennis ball.  I cut it and brought it into the house yesterday (becasue I was intrigued) and it is still intact.  

  This is the stem:


Clearing a garden

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:54

This is a fantastic thread !!!  The build up of knowledge and advice is just brillliant.

I love 'before and afters' and you are doing an absolutely thorough job Mr Toast. 

(I love that cake too)


philadelphus virginal

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:21

Sorry Matty2 my post crossed with yours.  What a shame though, could it be in the shade.  Mine are in full sun. If you are serious about getting rid of it, why not divide it and plant a bit somewhere sunny or in the opposite conditions to where it is now to see if there is more success?  They replant very easily, at least mine did - although you will have to water it copiously all summer if you do so.

philadelphus virginal

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:16

I agree - it is a beautiful shrub -  the smell is exquisite and the flowers are so pretty.  You may be able to take off side shoots from the bottom of your shrub.  I have managed to get four extra shrubs that way and all have since flowered.  They don't have multi branches right enough but they are still very pretty shapes and all flowered the following year.

white jumpy things in indoor plant pot

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:07

Thank you Fleurisa, my daughter decided to repot all her bulbs - she said she washed all the roots and changed all the soil and hopes she didn't damage them.  The problem seems to be in the bulb pots which have no holes at the bottom.  No doubt lack of  drainage has caused the dampness then.  They were originally pre-potted from M&S which she has replanted this year.  She will get some sticky fly paper too for the flies but I think she will have to find another use for the lovely little pots when these bulbs have finished because they are obviously impractical.

Thank you so much everyone for your advice.

white jumpy things in indoor plant pot

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:14

Thanks Bob - I think the wet soil might be my fault - she had googled the problem and thought they might be spring-tails and when I looked them up it said to soak the pots and they would come to the surface.  Then I realised she was looking at US sites and thought I would try my trusty gardeners world forum. When I visit her I have to stop myself from telling her that her plants could do with a waterin general they are much drier.  Could the eggs for both blackfly and aphids have been in her compost bag?  She recently potted up some bulbs.  Anyway thank you because if it is blackfly and aphids then they are unwelcome but not too sinister.

white jumpy things in indoor plant pot

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 21:31

Pansyface, I think she will be very relieved to hear that is what they are.  She has had those little black flies every summer, in fact so have I - although it's the first time she has noticed anything in the actual soil.  In your experience does that also explain the mess round the pots?  I don't think she will have a problem using the bug killer.  Amazing that the maggots are bigger than the actual flies - but eurgh.  I hope this doesn't put her off.  I'm delighted that she is acquiring green fingers.

Thanks very much for your help.

white jumpy things in indoor plant pot

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 20:58

My poor daughter has been emailing this evening with photos and even a video of long thin  white beasties in her plant pots in her bedroom and living room.  I don't know if you can see them in the photo attached they are about an inch diagonal from the stem in  the first picture and the second picture shows a mess round the pot on the windowsill which has really upset her.  She said it's like crumbs?  Has anyone seen this before?



My wee garden!

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 17:15

Yes Fairygirl - Scottish through and through but have lived just outside Paris for the last fourteen years. You can take the girl out of Scotland but you can't take Scotland out of the girl as they say (and thank goodness too) I should confess that I'm using the word 'girl' VERY loosely

Percy-Grower wrote (see)

.......... maybe we are just thick in this country, 

Ooh how very dare you


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