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Have they found a Cure for Busy Lizzies's Yet?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 14:15

Thanks for reply and advice Lynn and Primrose  - I really thought they may have found the cure by now - what a shame. 

Have they found a Cure for Busy Lizzies's Yet?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 09:17

Has anyone read any reports of whether the botanists have found a cure for Busy Lizzie wilt yet?  I love these colourful little plants and they are the best for the shady areas of my patio but I have not bought them for the last few years.

Would be most grateful for any advice.

Does Anyone Recognize this Plant?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 20:51

Thank you Shadoweaver -that makes a lot of sense - I will pass it on to my son as you often forget the names of plants you knew last year.

Does Anyone Recognize this Plant?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 09:18

Thanks everyone its nice to know just what you have in your garden - my son has got an exciting year of finding out what is emerging from the ground as he has inherited quite an established garden.


Does Anyone Recognize this Plant?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 23:01


My son has just moved into a new house and we can't identify this plant in flower at the moment - can anyone help please

Bindweed Roots

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 20:44

I always stick canes amongst the growing bindweed and it will bind itself around.

When there is enough growth I tie  a plastic food bag over the cane and spray glyphosate up into the bag.  Then I leave it and normally it all dies and does not reappear because the roots are dead.  The plastic bag ensures that no spray touches the plants around.

Dwarf Dahlias

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 10:33


It sounds as though its a general 'thumbs down' for Becky.

Lovely to hear from Mattbeer87 - having coped with them in a HB garden centre - a job I always envy every time I go to Homebase  but don't think they would take on a 72 year old retired primary teacher!

The ones in pots are now looking a lot better -lots of flowers on top instead of hidden amongst the leaves  - perhaps they come into their own in Autumn but I would not advise planting in a bed.

What do people use for treating caterpillars organically and successfully?  I always feel very guilty if I use a chemical spray and make myself think of the emerging butterfly.  However they can ravage a pot and are so difficult to find.

Dwarf Dahlias

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 17:15

Has anyone tried the dwarf dahlia 'Becky' sold at Homebase this year?

They really do stay dwarf and have a very pretty flower.  However the one in pots were riddled with caterpillar and the ones I planted in a small bed got consumed by slugs and snails.

Did anyone grow them more successfully than this and what do gardeners do about caterpillars in their pots?



Fuchsia Rust

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 17:24

My standard fuchsias fared much better than the trailing ones. A variety of trailing 'La Campanella' were the worst.








Fuchsia Rust

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 10:30

Thanks nodlisab -  I do exactly what you do to overwinter but I did not know whether rust goes through the plant system to affect the stems and roots etc.

Billie - look underneath the leaves - most of the rust settles there but you can also see spotting on top of the leaves and then they shrivel and start to drop.

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Have they found a Cure for Busy Lizzies's Yet?

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Does Anyone Recognize this Plant?

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Fuchsia Rust

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Does Anyone Recognize this Weed?

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