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Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 21:42

Blackfly dreadful this year.. Lots of ants that are harvesting them too!!! Runner Beans, Climbing French Beans, Clematis, Buddleja, Dahlias, absolutely infested with Blackfly. I don't use chemicals, have been doing the blasting with hose... Went looking for Ladybirds or their larvae today. Only one mature ladybird found and I moved her to the runner beans. A really strange gardening year this year!

Anyone seen any ladybirds?

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 21:23

Very few ladybirds here, lots of aphids so hope they arrive soon. The temps have really been up and down. Lots and lots of bees on the Cotoneaster though.


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 20:58

I sowed 3 lots of Cleome this year after having a super display last year... Not one germinated. However, when weeding the large bed for planting up, hopefully this weekend, found lots of self sown seedlings! Very chuffed.

Can you tell, me what this is ?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 15:29

Looks like a Fig.

Bugs and markings on return from holiday

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 15:04

We had some heavy hail storms this week. Some of my plants look like that where they were hit by the hail.



Posted: 22/04/2015 at 21:23

I heard the Cuckoo this morning whilst having my morning cuppa on the patio. I heard it last year too.

Overwintered Dahlias

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:35

Mine have just started showing shoots this week. Hopefully yours will show soon too. They were repotted end Feb and placed in a frost free greenhouse. I thought I'd lost them, but they have all come through.

Delphiniums second flush

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 22:00

Yes cut back and give a good feed and water and they will give you a  second flush...It won't be as lush as the first flush but still worth doing imo... Good luck.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 21:14

Lyn, I haven' t posted  but have followed your story... So sad, but Mum was where she wanted to be and you really did an amazing job...You have to go through the grief, but make sure that you look after yourself... In time you will remember her with smiles. Thinking of you. x


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 22:29

I had an allotment that was covered by this awful weed...I dug deep and pulled what roots I could (the roots are black and waxy).. I added loads of organic matter and some sharp sand and made sure that regrowth was hoed off or pulled as soon as they showed through.... I never really got rid of it but it became less of a problem and I grew some super crops over many years....

If you do go the weed killer route, they say that crushing the stems, so the weed killer can penetrate the plant may work. But as has been said, this weed was around a long time before we were. Good luck but don't give up hope... The old saying goes that you shouldn't let it see Monday.

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