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How big are vine weevil grubs?

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 16:57

I like the way Daryl2 uses Provado for their pots,will try that way this year!

I was wondering if any other chemical could be used as a drench to kill vine weevil?

As for the garden as a whole I use the nematodes and seems to work.

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' pruning

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 13:10

I have a Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' that has been growing over a metal arch for about 4-5 years.

It has become a bit top heavy and as I will be replacing the arch fairly soon I thought I would cut it back a bit.A couple of the main trunks have become entwined in the arch frame so will need to come out.

It is already beginning to shoot and I have trimmed back some straggly branches but how far can I safely cut it back.

Here it is last May:-




Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 17:01

This morning we had frost followed by heavy rain followed by a hail storm!

Sun came out this afternoon briefly but there is still no chance of getting in the garden for a few days/weeks.

There is so much to do but there is no chance to get started.

Ground (clay) is waterlogged and cannot yet walk on my lawn that was laid in September as I don't want to ruin it!

Getting so frustrated,when I do get the chance there is going to be SO much to do!


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 15:46

Sometimes if you have a problem with squirrels it is an idea to give them their own separate feeder with peanuts in (the type with a flip lid) so they don't use the bird feeders.

My sister does this and finds it works as long as she remembers to fill their feeder.

The squirrels tend to go for the easiest option.

I am on the Isle of Wight and we only have red squirrels here so I would actually like to have a squirrel problem!!

Plant ID please.

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 15:26

Have googled both those and Golden Glow seems a possibility but the leaves in the photos of both those varieties seem a bit more 'fleshy' and plump than my plant,although that may be to do with the time of year.

I shall pot the cutting up and see what happens flower wise.It actually looks like it may be about to flower soon.

Shall let you know what happens!

Plant ID please.

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 14:26

So Echeveria then?

Thought it might be!

I don't suppose anyone would know the variety or is that asking a bit too much 

Plant ID please.

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 21:51

Anyone know what this is.Found it in a friends garden and thought it was Sedum kimnachii (Mexican sedum) which is in a lot of gardens round here (Isle of Wight).When I took a piece off and had a closer look I can see it is quite different,paler green pointed leaves with a red edge rather than bright green rounded leaves.Could it be an Echeveria of some sort.It is outside in all weathers so seems to be hardy.

So over to all you experts!!


brown/wilting leaves on athyrium niponicum var pictum

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 13:24

Hardy just means it will survive the winter.It will be back in the spring as said .If you look closely at the crown you may even see next years leaves ready to go!

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 17:05

I have a Potentilla fruticosa 'Goldfinger that I have had for over 5 years and it consistently does nothing much,so that will go.

My garden gets very dry in the summer and even 'drought resistant' plants have had a hard time,many have just not grown at all.

Going to have a go with more things like Sedum,Euphorbias etc.

It is strange how some things grow well in one garden and not in another.

My Mum gave me an Osmanthus heterophyllus that had been in her garden for several years and was a disappointment,it took off straight away in my garden and is now 4 feet high and needs a good trim each year! Yet I have another variety in my front garden and is still struggling after 4 years,maybe I shall move it next year.

Hothouse plant - help

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 16:05

This may help a bit:-

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Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' pruning

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Plant ID please.

Succulent plant. 
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So fed up with all this rain!!!!

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What is this Sedum?

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Plant ID please.

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Osteospermum not thriving this year?

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Repotting Cyclamen

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What is this plant.

A succulent of some sort? 
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Pots for named Sempervivum varieties.

Pots and trays. 
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