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Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 09:18

Some interesting and some bizarre replies. I'm going to try the excess water method.


Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 14:01

Thanks mollis, that's encouraging. I'll try it. 

Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 13:05

Last year I treated my overwintering out door pot plants with vine weevil killer, but come re-potting time I found they were still there. I have quite a lot of large potted plants which would use a lot of the killer solution.

Does anyone know if it's possible to drown the suckers by completely immersing the pots in water for say 48 hours?

I think the plants will tolerate a couple of days under water, but I need to do it now to let them dry out a bit before storage in my greenhouse, but I don't want to waste my time risking my plants if it won't work.

Anyone tried it?


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 16:01

Red Hot Poker?

Plant ID for a friend

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 09:29

....and 'Jack in the Pulpit'.

Our wild garden is full of them. The reddish orange berries are extremely poisonous.

Weigelas dropping it's buds

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 16:25

I have a number of weigelas in pots grown from cuttings taken three years ago, planted in standard all purpose compost

After one year, although small, they were covered in flowers. However last year they all dropped their buds before they opened. As the pots they were in were probably a bit too small and they dried out too quickly I thought that might be the problem.

This year I moved them into larger pots at the end of the winter and they looked promising, but the same thing has happened again. So far not one bud has actually bloomed.

Has anyone any idea what might be wrong?

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 16:09

Many years ago, before wild flowers became as protected as they are now, my father transplanted wild primroses into his borders and they just grew and grew.

Some time later the council decided to widen the trackway from where he had collected them and simply bulldozed the verge and hedge, heaped everything up and burned it, leaving not one wild primrose.

In this instance the 'theft' payed off as the border flowers gradually spread themselves back into the wild for others to enjoy.

That said, I disapprove of those who treat the countryside as a free garden centre.

Shrubs/Plants for total shade?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 16:19

Thanks. A good selection there. I already have a few hydrangeas from cuttings so I'll try them and there's already ivy there. Perhaps not ideal is weigela, but I have cuttings of those so I might use them - unless anyone knows they're not a good idea. Ideally I'd like native shrubs, but they're less common in garden centres.

I have foxgloves and bluebells already that can move themselves in now the ground has been cleared, but I'd like a few native ferns and other native species that can be left to get on with it. A scattering of woodland flower mixture perhaps.

I can see I'm going to be busy!

Shrubs/Plants for total shade?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 12:34

I have 140 feet of north-facing larch lap fence which needs planting against with shrubs or hardy perennials. The ground is further shaded by trees growing on the other side of the fence which creates heavy shade where I want to plant.

If anyone has successfully grown anything in these conditions I'd be grateful for some advice on what to plant.


Making a leaf stack for leafmould/mulch

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 14:28

Thanks everyone. I've poked a few holes in the bottom. Have filled one and starting on a second and probably a third. Too many black bags Welshonion. Had already filled twenty-five before I thought of the bulk bags.

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Vine Weevil Grubs

How can I kill these pests. 
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Weigelas dropping it's buds

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Shrubs/Plants for total shade?

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Making a leaf stack for leafmould/mulch

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Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

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Foxglove cuttings - anyone tried it?

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Spectacular failures thanks to capsid bugs- I think

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Weigela in containers?

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Blue hydrangea

How do I get my hydrangea to turn blue? 
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Does my apple tree have a future?

Does my apple tree have a future after fire blight? 
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