Latest posts by Obelixx

Is this a lily beetle caterpillar- should I remove it?

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:20

No it's not. Lily beetle larvae cover themselves in their poo for protection so look gungy and are usually under the leaves.  They can blasted off with a hose pipe spray.

No idea what caterpillar that is but I would remove it anyway as the holes are not pretty - unless someone comes along and says it's a rare butterfly or moth in the making and you may be OK to sacrifice the look of your lilies..  Then again, it may just be one of the sawflies.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:13

Only 4C less than us!  Don't knock it.  This may be your summer!

Guess who doesn't approve of factor 50 being smeared on his ears.

What's eating my clematis flowers??

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:09

Slugs, snails and/or earwigs - all of which hide in the daytime.  Try looking with a torch after dark.

Identifying a hedge

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 13:07

Hawthorn - best planted in autumn so it can get its roots down while the soil is still warm and there's plenty of moisture.  You can buy bundles of single stem whips very cheaply.  Plant in well prepared holes and water well then trim to about 9".

I did this and they grew 6' in their first season.  We then cut them back to 3' and fed them with pelleted chicken manure to encourage them to thicken up and we ended up with a strong, thick hedge which was great for wildlife and made a good windbreak.  Just remember in future years not to cut it back before mid August so that any nesting birds can get their last broods safely past fledging.

Last edited: 16 May 2017 13:08:14

Covering an ugly fence by a patio area

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 12:48

Why not just paint it and then hang some fairy lights on it?  If there's no leccy nearby, hang candle holders or outside lanterns on brackets.

Plant herbs in the bed for cutting for the kitchen and BBQ.   


Posted: 16/05/2017 at 12:18

If your dead flower heads are long an pointy you have the kind that can be cut back hard and will produce flowers this year  Prune and feed as Dove has advised.

In my last garden I always cut to two lengths like this and ended up having a longer flowering season as the longer stems produced flowers ahead of the short ones.  Dead heading the central flower as soon as it goes over encourages the 2 side shoot flowers to grow bigger and stimulates more lower down.


Posted: 16/05/2017 at 12:12

Yes.  Their roots like to go deep.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 12:12

We have 2 huge bays in the garden already which is great because I never managed to keep one thru winter in Belgium, indoors or out.   I don't really use sorrel but see that a red veined one has seeded in one of the pots I brought so that's a possibility if it can cope with sun.  

There's already a rosemary in the herb bed Pat.  It was in a big pot I brought with me along with the green sage and an oregano - all with root balls too big to stuff under the membrane so occupying 3 of the triangles.

Cosmos has chosen today to go and sunbathe.so i'd better go and put some screen on his ears.  This could be interesting but our vet warned me about white cats and skin cancer from burned ears.   Don't want him losing his ears.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 11:21

Much too sunny and hot for parsley and chervil.  I have parsley in a trough in the shade and will do the same for chervil.   Needs to be a hot and sunny herb.


Posted: 16/05/2017 at 11:05

I think you should be safely free of frosts by now but you could always protect them with a layer of fleece if a late one is forecast.

Plant them in a block, rather than in rows, to get maximum pollination.  

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