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Posted: 13/06/2012 at 10:12

They seem to be in abundance this year, I was digging over ther garden yesterday and there was a nest under my pieris.  In the two solar lights near the dahlias, both had nests in so they been moved into the wildlife garden.  Also the amount of red ant nests in my garden in unbelievable, a total of 6 so far this year.



Posted: 13/06/2012 at 09:58

Latest update.

I've been out this morning and found out what the problem is, "earwigs".  I shouldn have thought more about it really, as at the weekend I found a nest of them in a solar light near the affected plants.  I have removed the leaves and the solar lights as they all had earwigs in them.  Any ideas of how to keep these pests away?


Posted: 13/06/2012 at 08:51

Thanks all, one final thing, would it be worth removing the damaged leaves?


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 23:53

Leaf miner sounds more like it, never heard of cutworms (I must research them)

BOB - yes the structure is intact but green material is being eaten,that is some of the damage, the other damage looks like caterpillar but no signs.

It's definitely not slugs or snails, there have been signs but I do checks am and pm, and use slug bait and traps.


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 21:50

I have the occasional pigeon that visits the garden, but not where the dahlias are, they tend to stay at the bottom of the garden where the feeders are and that way they are a safe distance from the cat and English BullMastiff.  I'm not really sure when the damage happens, I've just noticed it over the last couple of weeks, if it's any help the same is happening to the delphiniums nearby.


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 21:12

Hi all.  I have a dilemma on my hands.  My dahlias are being savaged by a mysterious pest. It is not slugs, I've checked for caterpillars and cannot find any, does anyone know what it could be?  Holes are being left in the leaves, some even savaged, the holes look like the wings of a lacewing.  Thanks

Hardy fuschias

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 20:57

@CELIA2 - one of my hardy fuchsias was exactly the same, after checking the roots for weevils, etc, everything was fine but it still grew very slowly the same 2 leaves were there for about a month. Then all of a sudden it's shot up.  My point is that sometimes there is nothing wrong it's just the plants decision.

Another thing to check would be is it in full sun, shade, etc.  If mostly in shade this could be why.


Posted: 11/06/2012 at 15:35

Thanks all.  I've checked them out, it doesn't seem to say how big they are, 


Posted: 04/06/2012 at 10:53


Yellow Rose - bought as a miniature

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:35

I pruned a little because buds formed throughout the winter so I cut them off but to be honest there wasn't much to prune as it was a lovely shape.  


Alina - Yes I did buy it in a small pot.  I am happy for it not to be a miniature I'm just unsure as to why all of the leaf and bud growth seems to be at the top of the plant and not near the bottom.

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