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Hemerocalis Gall Midge

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 11:17

In autumn 2013 I bought several new (to me) varieties of day lilly. Had many in my garden for years with no problem. Summer 2014 up the new lillies came and so did the gall midge. While I can't be certain they came with the new plants it's quite a coincidence. This year they seem to have affected all my plants. Does anyone know of any control. I pick off affected buds but because of their life cycle there may still be some in soil. would it stop them if I drastically cut off all flower spikes and forgo any flowers at all? Would that break the cycle? Do hope someone can help. 

Do Bees fight?

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 20:26

Thanks for info pansyface. There are no lime trees around our garden at all. I just wondered if the bigger bumbles were killing the little ones. My computer is playing up so can't upload photos, but they are definitely two different variety of bee, or is it bees!

Dove's idea of sick bees being removed from nest is a good suggestion, though there seems to be too many unless the hive is infected.

Do Bees fight?

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 18:25

I have a dead tree stump which for the past couple of years has had a bumble bee nest. This year some small bumble bees began a nest and around the other side a larger species of bumble bee began another. Wonderful I thought, lovely to see them whizzing in and out.

However over the last few days I've found several dead small bees at the base of the stump. Does anyone know why this may be? Do bees fight between colonies? Or might it be that the little ones went into the wrong entrance and were attacked?

Clematis Browning

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 15:38

Thanks for advice. Tiles now removed, mulch applied and fingers crossed.

Clematis Browning

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 13:56

Well I mentioned Clematis wilt because there has been many posts about it and it seems a common problem,.... but what do I know!  The soil around the plant is quite moist so I don't think dryness is the problem. As for the tiles, they are small allowing water in. I understood the roots were best kept cool. 


Clematis Browning

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 12:55

Bought a clematis recently and planted according to instructions. Roots kept cool under tiles. I don't know variety but it is late flowering. A few days ago I noticed the base leaves had gone brown and dried 6 - 8 inches up the stems. Further up there is patchy red/brown  mottling but the rest of the plant seems healthy and is growing. Is this clematis wilt or something else? And can anyone tell me what to do please?

Disappearing bulbs

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:44
Sorry Lynn, can't be the manure, only added it to the new beds and as I said in all the years I've lived here have never been successful with any type of bulb anywhere.

Disappearing bulbs

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 14:24
Thanks for all your advice. Not sure the mystery solved though as the soil is free draining being in raised beds, no squirrels and although we must have field mice around, they're not very obvious. The recent bulbs that have gone I only planted year before last so can't be congested yet. It's a real mystery to me especially as it's been going on for 30 years! What's so annoying is the daffs which appeared spontaneously in the hedgerow opposite my house years ago and which get no TLC are thriving and spreading nicely!

Disappearing bulbs

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 05:58
I've lived in my house for 30+years and in all that time have planted loads of bulbs. They never seemed to flower much and eventually disappeared altogether. About 3 years ago I made three raised beds for perennials and filled it with very good top soil and lots of manure, which has been added to over the seasons. I also planted approx 50 daffodils, loads of miniature iris and a couple of dozen tulips. This year I've had 2 iris, 14 daffodils and 8 tulips. Has anyone any idea why my garden won't grow bulbs? We don't have any squirrels here as there are very few large trees in the surrounding area.

My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:38
Well thanks to you all for the advice. I'm really depressed now, it looks like I have this dreadful fungus and I'll loose my cherished rhododendron. It's going to leave a whopping gap in the border. Almost certainly this awful wet winter has been the cause.
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Hemerocalis Gall Midge

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