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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: Yesterday at 20:10

Cheers LL, that's what most gardeners look like to the outside world...

GW TV programme - Monty, how are the Robins in your shed?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:48

We also have a robin nesting in the corner of our small gardening tool shed, we have moved the tools into another shed so as not to disturb it to much, it is getting in and out of the shed via a small gap in the perspex window, was thinking when the chicks fledge how will they get out?  

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: Yesterday at 17:03

Used to work in the steel works before Maggie put paid to that in the late eighties, took a job with a distribution/logistics company in 1990, i can mind thinking at the time  "it will do for now till i get something else"  24 years later i am still there, done various jobs within that sector, though must admit i have found myself daydreaming of doing something more relaxing lately, kids growing up fast, mortgage paid off, something i can make a couple of bob at to keep me ticking over, something that i will enjoy though, O/L do you know of any openings in the male model game? 

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: Yesterday at 16:16

Would be helpful if anyone posting on these little blighters could put the area of the UK they are from, maybe we could chart there progress and timeline as they spread throughout the country, i have checked and not seen any as yet, last year June was when i spotted the first of them, the year before "May 2012" was the first time i had discovered them, jumped on line as i didn't know what they were, was shocked by what i read..they totally destroyed trays of young lilly plants in 2012 so much so my wife was distraught and ready to give up growing her favourite lilly's, i don't give up so easily and take great pride in destroying the little pests, So basically Lanarkshire Central Scotland no lilly beetles to report as yet...

mile high club

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 14:23

Thanks guys, thats just what i wanted to hear...


mile high club

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 21:36

High guys, got a question and the answer could save me a lot of hassle, it's a common gardening problem, my garden on the east side is lined with leylandii which are high enough, and to be honest it's getting to be a pain having to prune them two or three times a year, the question is can i cut them back say two or three feet into the trunk without harming the tree, and will this stop it growing up and start it bushing out?



kilmarnock willow

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 19:30

I hope so Alan, as we have had one in a large pot for two years now..



Posted: 25/03/2013 at 16:28

You wont compete for very long on price with a big supermarket chain Geoff before your out of business, then they are free to do as they please..




Posted: 25/03/2013 at 16:16

I agree Andy, things are tight in this present financial climate, and of course we all love a bargain, why would anyone in there right mind pay over the odds when they can get the same thing cheaper elsewhere, but the point is, or rather my fear is, once the nurseries ( supermarkets competetors) have disapered the supermarkets are free to charge as they like, as they will have an ever increasing share of the market and eventually a monopoly..



Posted: 25/03/2013 at 15:27

I don't know the lay of the land in England Derek, but Dobbies is the biggest garden center chain in Scotland, and they are owned by tesco's, these supermarkets know there's money in plants, they have enormous buying power that small independents can't compete with, i'm afraid they will corner the market so to speak, to the detriment of quality and choice for us gardeners..


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