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thanks for all advice, i was about to ask a question, now no need, as all answeres are here.
sounds like red lillie beetle, their offspring cover themselves with their own excrement. i try to be organic, and pick off the beetles. maybe try to spry with a garlic and soap solution.
my buddlia is about to bloom, so i am looking forward to seeing more , loads of bees
lots of bees in my garden, and more butterflys than last year, i live in manchester and have been planting bee friendly plants.
great Annie 1, thanks for that, i will get one
hi all, I have 2 peonys in different locations, they have been there for 2 years, leaves but no blooms, so I guess from reading the abouve, I should wait another year or so?
i hang out sunflower hearts,niger seeds and nuts. i have to refill every 2 days. goldfinch, bullfinch,sparrow or wren, im not sure. blue tits and robins. feral pigeons and squirrles plus resident robin. all very entertaining.
goldfinches started coming to my garden when i started to hang out niger seed.
i also leave all seed heads insitu, i dont do tidy!
this is the 3rd year I have had a pyracanta, and this is the first year it has flowered.
i have never pruned it, it is situated in a shady area, beneath a large magnolia, but i gave it a good mulch with manure in spring,
what about mint?
my mother told me that keeping a pot of mint in the kitchen deters flies