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Looking after an Aruncus

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 16:21

Berghill, thankyou, I did read that it likes to be near water, and yours sounds very happy, they sound like great plants to have so I'm very pleased about that.

i will pass the info regarding the smaller types onto my sister whose garden isn't quite as big as mine as she always likes my choice of plants, great. 😍

Looking after an Aruncus

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 15:57

hi Posy and Ladybird 4

thank you both for your quick reply, your advice is most welcome, and makes me even more excited about the plant.

i will take time to consider were I plant it so that the wind does catch those lovely flower heads.

thanks again


Looking after an Aruncus

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 14:58

I have just purchased an Aruncus Dioicus, and I'm really excited about this plant. I saw it in the gardens of the hotel we stayed at (in the Uk) and loved it.

i have read up on how to grow it which seems quite straightforward but it's the location in my garden that I'm unsure of ? I have a large garden which is a west facing garden so each side shares the sun at different times of the day.

i know it will become a large plant and I have the room also propagation can restrict it in the future but I'm wondering if anyone has this plant and could give me any advice on how much sun to shade? and can share any tips that would help my success growing it. Thankyou 

Plum tree leaves

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 17:54


thankyou very much for your much detailed  reply, I have passed it onto my sister and she was well pleased.😊

Plum tree leaves

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 23:46

My sister has a plum tree and below is a photo of the leaves, obviously something is eating the leaves and she wonders what it might be. Does anyone recognise this pest and know how to eradicate it, thanks 

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 09:14

they do say cats are very wise 😊

But as gardeners I think we are naturally, generous, practical and to a point kind humans, unless something or somebody decides to destroy what we have spent time planning and creating for all to enjoy.

So I say don't feel bad when we react to nasty destructive things just get rid of it/them and carry on enjoying your garden ha ha πŸ˜…

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 11:46

Hi y'all yes I agree we are the preditors at the moment, but yes the artical was interesting and I always say if you learn one thing its a bonus, so I'm glad that you found it interesting.

Gurnsey Donkey 2 I had to smile when I read that you throw them over the wall but you think they come back, did you read about the lady who did that with snails?

She put a spot of coloured nail polish on thier shells and chucked them over the fence (iyes you guessed it in a couple of days she spotted them back in her garden, they reckon they always find thier way back so better to do the deed and get rid.

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:33

hi, everyone, i found a Canadian Website yesterday with quite a bit of info regarding the  Lillie Beetles and it was very interesting.

Basically, they said the Lillie beetle has no known predators in England just now.

However, some time ago Canada was overrun with them and they consequently invented an organic pesticide to keep the numbers under control.

They are now working with the British powers that be in the development of a pesticide for us and are hopeful to have something in the near future.

They also said that Lillie Beetles lay thier eggs in spring on the underside of the plant leaves cover them in poo, and the babies hatch out six or seven weeks later. They grow by eating leaves and aim for the flower buds before falling into the soil below to pupate, (which I guess we already know this)

The adult beetle then take over around late summer to finish the job.

They said, If you suspect the Lillie beetle is attacking your plant, look at the bottom of your plant about half an inch into the soil as this is were they hang out before surfacing to eat, or reproduce, but you must be ready to catch them before they jump or fly.

I suppose we just have to keep doing what we are doing until a pesticode is developed, but I didn't know they hide in the soil so maybe this is another way of catching the little blighters and if we can catch the babies that's a bonus ha ha πŸ˜…

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 10:55

I've never seen anything eating them or trying too, so like slugs, I ask myself  what is the point of them?

Maybe I will google the question and see what it comes up withπŸ˜€ 

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 22:11

i get totally preoccupied in spring when the lilli beetle is about, I check my plants every time I walk past which could be lots of times when I'm gardening.

i have missed catching them a couple of times, but usually I creep up and grab em - and the leaf too rather than chance missing them, sometimes there is two of them mating, which is a shame but never mind ha ah.

What I can't understand is why are these insects such a brilliant red colour, I know their underside gives them some camouflage but the red tops can be spotted immediately ?  

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