staffsmags


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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

Straggly Geum

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 17:29

The stems on my geum ate  3 - 4  feet long and flog across the everything beside it.  Is this how they normally grow or should I do something to it?  Other than staking it, that is.  Mags

Ladybirds

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 14:09

I'm in W Midlands/SE Staffordshire border. You are right NO LADYBIRDS at all.  Mags

Song Thrush

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 14:05

I suppose it could be a youngster just getting the hang of life and self care.

I don't think there is anything you can do for it, other than make sure you don't use slug/snail pellets, even if they say wildlife friendly!   And try to keep your cats inside when it is around.  Fingers Crossed.  Mags

black opal tomato plant

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 15:18

I had Black Opal last year. 

SIDE SHOOTS:  I left 2 on, which both went on to produce fruit on them as well as the main stem. 

DROOPY LEAVES and DISCOLOURED LEAVES:  Mine did that. It seems to be the way they are.

In all, the plant didn't grow much and didn't produce much fruit. Not that it mattered because I didn't like them much. I preferred them roasted to raw.

Good luck everyone!  Hope you all get better results and like them better than I did.

Staffsmaggs

'Dead' soil

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 16:37

Thanks for your reply.  Both packets of seed came free with a magazine. They are T&M seed or Fothergills seed.  I want the all the plants for this year only. The Rudbeckias I sowed this year and the Cant Bells last year.  I will use this Garden centre compost now, and horse manure in the autumn.  Mags

'Dead' soil

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 16:18

I've just pulled up the wallflowers and the soil is very dry and not a worm to be seen.  I intend to plant Rudbeckia  and Canterbury Bells plants in the empty border. Would it be helpful if I dig in a bag of Farmyard Manure that I bought from the Garden Centre?   Thank you for any advice, Mags

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caterpillar id please

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damaged rhubarb leaves

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Straggly Geum

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