Latest posts by Leggi

Plant Confirmation please

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 19:28

Yes it's a Monarda most probably Cambridge Scarlet variety

Beautiful plants they are too.

Cabbage Butterflies & Nasturtium

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 18:08

Until yesterday, when I noticed my Nasturtium was covered in Cabbage caterpillars, I had no idea that they particularly liked muching away on it's leaves. I then read about growing Nast.as a companion plant to Cabbages (which I have at the allotment) to tempt the Butterflies on to the Nast. instead.

I'm slightly confused though as wouldn't growing both increase the number of Cabbage Butterfly & caterpillars overall on the cabbages? Or is it a case of using the Nast. to tempt them in so they can be, ahem, dealt with?


Posted: 18/08/2012 at 20:10

That's what I think too Geoff, they've had regular watering, but I think I'll give them a feed and move them to the top of my coldframe. The extra warmth there might spring them in to life.

It's a shame because they're such lovely plants when in flower.


Posted: 18/08/2012 at 19:35

Nope, no sign of any buds coming up at all, not even little ones lurking in the foliage.


Posted: 18/08/2012 at 18:19

I have three Bishop of Llandaff plants that look no where near being ready to flower, does anyone know what I've done wrong or is it the weather? They've been grown from tubers in late spring, started to grow well but a couple of months ago stopped growing and haven't done anything much since.

Fork Handles

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 17:43
kate1123 wrote (see)

Leggi do you have a season ticket?

Time is approaching

Jean I do not watch sad films either.

I'm a lapsed season ticket holder, I still go quite frequently though. Won 3-1 today which I wasn't expecting, am really glad the new season's finally here.

Who do you support Kate?

Fork Handles

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 12:59

Afternoon all, it's a warm one today isn't it! I've just found out Cabbage Butterflies like nausturtiums, I was admiring a fine looking specimen sat in my lawn a few days ago, I don't think they are quite so beautiful today...

Off to water the garden, then to footie, then probably water the garden again when I come back. Unless one of you kind ladies and gents want to do it for me?


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 23:42

If you've been away for a bit it is more likely to be that it hasn't had enough water (unless you've had someone coming in and watering). They don't like full sun much and generally grow better in spots with some shade.

They are thirsty things so it's good to read that you're watering it well.


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 22:04

Yes, do be careful with how much soap you use, you really only need a little squirt. As a rough estimate I'd say no more than a teaspoon of washing up liquid to a pint of water. I've read that some people use old washing up water once they've finished the dishes.


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:10

Yes, I bought two Lupins home from a little shop a couple of months ago, potted them up and noticed they had greenfly on two of their stems. I used the soap spray and they went straight away (within a few hours you'll notice them turn from green little things to black specks).

I always use the spray now as it's such an easy way to get rid of them.

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