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Latest posts by sterelitza

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Talkback: Lily beetle

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 15:10
You have my sympathy and wish you luck in getting rid of them. I no longer grow these lilies - the red beetles have won!! I am now struggling with rust on my hollyhocks!!

Talkback: Phormium mealybug

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 06:16
I have several different varieties of Phormium in my garden. Recently when some of them were being trimmed back I noticed mealybug at the bade of the leaves. How can I get rid of this pest, is there a drench or spray available? Any remedy that will not harm neighbouring plants is preferable.

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 05:51
Why not use solar lights, they dont use electricity and look gteat depending on how much sunshine there is of course. I have some all year round in my back garden, lovely.

mozzies in the garden

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 02:37
Its been a sunny day today (20.11.14) here in Carmarthenshire so I decided to brush up around the garden paths, there were clouds of mozzies about to annoy me and not a spider in sight, I expect they have all been blown away by the recent gales and heavy rain and are hiding somewhete.

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 07:42
Wow! So much talent out thete. I am afraid my painting skills are limited to the garden fence and bench and chairs. I did a good job with the shed door though, white gloss and green metal paint on the hinges and handle. I would like to try painting some floral decoration on my garden furniture now that you have inspired me. Any advice on which paints to use and whether there are transfers available. Ta.

Block Paving

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 07:17
This is a problem that does not go away cos of all the rain we get in the UK... what about caustic soda diluted in a watering can, would that damage the slabs and block paving? I have used it to clear concrete paths of algea etc.

Talkback: Lambs' ears and woolly bees

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 07:06
I have some of this plant growing happily next to a conifer tree stump which was cut down 2 years ago as it had grown too big. The soil there is poor but the lamb's ears plant is doing well. I had no idea that wool carder bees liked it and wish to propogate more plants from this one now to encourage more bees to visit my garden. Any suggestions as to how best to do this will be welcome. Many thanks.

Talkback: Digging beds and borders

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 06:51
Thanks Fairygirl, I have decided to take your suggestion to leave that border until the spring. Then I shall have renewed energy, hopefully.... to decide what plants can stay. Its good to have a plan.

Talkback: Digging beds and borders

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 07:33
I have a section of border that really needs to be dug up and replanted, problem is theres so much growing there and I dont know where to start as I dont want to loose any of the annuals growing there. How and when should I tackle this job? Sorry this is not about green compost ??? !

Talkback: How to pick tulips

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 07:19
I am amazed at the strength of tulips in the ground. For example, I had some very tall tulip bulbs which were planted in an area that was now going to become a path. I dug up the bulbs and planted them elsewhere, then laid a concrete path. Sometime the following year a tall red tulip had grown through the concrete and was in full bloom. How had it pushed its way through the concrete?
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Discussions started by sterelitza

Talkback: Phormium mealybug

I have several different varieties of Phormium in my garden. Recently when some of them were being trimmed back I noticed mealybug at the b... 
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Last Post: 05/12/2014 at 06:16

mozzies in the garden

clouds of mozzies in November 
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Last Post: 21/11/2014 at 18:19


Taking Cuttings 
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Last Post: 08/11/2014 at 18:01

Talkback: Hibernating ladybirds

Hi, we had a really sunny day here in Carmarthenshire last week which showed up how dirty the windows were, I decided to go outside to clean... 
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Last Post: 07/11/2014 at 17:16

Different colour flowers on one plant

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Last Post: 18/06/2013 at 19:53

Different colour flowers on one plant

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Advice on slug free plants

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Last Post: 18/04/2013 at 08:59

How do I get rid of Ivy from the rockery?

Ivy rooting everywhere 
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Last Post: 10/10/2014 at 10:12

Seed pods on New Zealand Flax

Help please 
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Last Post: 23/07/2015 at 02:34


Rust on my Hollyhocks 
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Last Post: 20/06/2012 at 20:26

Growing from seed

New Zealand Flax  
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Last Post: 15/06/2012 at 10:28

Talkback: Growing species tulips

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