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Ladybirds

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 19:27

I haven't seen even a single one here in my Staffordshire garden.  Mags

PS - I think the number of spots indicates what sort of ladybird it is.

Lily deteriated

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 14:10

Thanks cathy. I will enjoy what I have for now then buy replacements when they are available later in year. Mags

Lily deteriated

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 14:03

Thanks Cathy.  Yes, I know they do revert. I've had several years of immense pleasure from the original planting and want to give new bulbs the best chance I can. I think I really want to know if I should dig in some manure - well-rotted farmyard stuff I've been given.  I think the soil is quite impoverished now. Mags

Lily deteriated

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 08:58

I bought a lovely lily bulb about 12 years ago. The flowers were ivory with speckles, a beautiful fragrance and 6 - 7 foot tall. It grew to be a large clump.   Now the flowers are plain orange, no smell and 5 foot tall.  I have given it general feed regularly and horse manure annually.  How should I prepare the area for when I replace with  new lily bulbs so I once again have lovely flowers I once had?    Thank you for advice. Mags

damaged rhubarb leaves

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:58

Thanks a lot for the info!  Fortunately the leaf gobblers don't seem to like the stems!  Mags

damaged rhubarb leaves

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 12:49

Something is eating my rhubarb leaves.  The young leaves are stripped to the veins and spine, but older leaves have big holes in them.  Would this be slug damage? Or what else eats them?  I'm not bothered about it as I am getting plenty of stems for my use, but I'm curious.  Thanks, Mags

Lilies

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 14:18

How sad!  I sprayed mine with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer when the shoots were about 12 inches high the do it about every 6 weeks.  The buds are all forming well.  There are some holes in the leaves indicating that they have had a go at the plants though.  I never find any lily beetles either, although I do look every time I walk past which is several times a day.  I suggest you spray them now and again later to help protect the bulbs for next year. Good luck for next year.  Mags

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 18:19

Dachalover  -  What huge bees you have!.     I've always know those as BATS..   

I wish I could see bats around my S Staffordshire garden!  I used to see them, but not any more, sadly.   Mags

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 16:40

ERM......... How much sugar to water, Please?   And (Lancashire Lass ) do you dilute the honey?  Mags

Straggly Geum

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 20:10

Thanks everyone.  It seems that it is doing what this variety does although I don't know what variety it is - I bought it on the market and the label said Red Geum.  Yes, it is red and it is a geum.  It wasn't anywhere near as tall last year which was its first year.  It seems to be established now. I will put a wire support round it.  Thank-you, all ,   Mags

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Discussions started by staffsmags

Lily deteriated

How to replace it 
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Last Post: 04/07/2015 at 14:10

damaged rhubarb leaves

what eats rhubarb leaves? 
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Last Post: 28/06/2015 at 10:58

Straggly Geum

Is my geum supposed to be so straggly? 
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Last Post: 10/06/2015 at 21:28

'Dead' soil

to manure now or not? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2015 at 16:37

cleaning bird feeders

What sterilising product 
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Last Post: 14/04/2015 at 09:35

anyone used this brand?

Molloy's Multipurpose compost 
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Last Post: 21/03/2015 at 15:30

when to cut back Fountain Grass?

miscanthus kleine silberspinne  
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 18:56

BIG BIRD WATCH

How to submit results? 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 17:26

porridge oats

ok to feed to birds? 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 16:23

Feeding Amarylis

What to use? 
Replies: 5    Views: 399
Last Post: 09/03/2015 at 18:38

only leaves

Amarylis not producing flower stem 
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Last Post: 26/03/2015 at 16:17

unknown grass

what could it have been? 
Replies: 6    Views: 362
Last Post: 31/10/2014 at 14:38

canterbury bells & jacobs ladder

plant out now or in spring? 
Replies: 2    Views: 269
Last Post: 02/09/2014 at 14:21

Xmas Presents Amaralyis x 2

What to do with amarylis now? 
Replies: 0    Views: 263
Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 11:39

black opal tomato plant

leaves discoloured - why? 
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