Sue T

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Pollen beetles

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 20:51

Shredded petals on the narcissus spoil the flowers. Inside each flower are a dozen or so black pollen beetles.The edges of all the petals are being eaten. Earlier in the year my snowdrop flowers in the same area of the garden were completely eaten but I didn't see any beetles then..  Was this the same pest? and if so how can I control it?   Sue

Slate planter

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:54

My slate planter. Five pieces of slate, 2 of each size for sides and one for base. Make holes in all corners. Thread wire through matching holes to make box. Twist until tight. No need for drainage holes - water escapes through sides. I have grown cowslips, alpine strawberries and echeverias in this and a larger planter.

Talkback: How to make a slate planter

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:42
I have 2 welsh slate planters - easy to make even without the wooden box inside. Find 4 slates that will form a box shape ( 2 of one size, 2 of another). Just drill holes in the corners of all the slates and thread wire through, and twist tight. Water drains out through sides so no need to drill holes in the base. Good for echeverias and cowslips. Will put a photo up on 'Sue T' very soon.

I want to hide the houses at the end of the garden

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:08

A tree in the middle of your garden or 3/4 way down will do the trick. Look up Acacia pravissima, otherwise called oven's wattle - an evergreen mimosa, weeping shape, bright yellow flowers now and can be trimmed after flowering to any shape you fancy.

Fuschia seems unhappy

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 20:47

If you haven't got a heated greenhouse then cover them with horticultural fleece or even bubble wrap. Tuck it underneath the tray too. It keeps a couple of degrees of frost off.

Evergreen fast growing shrubs

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 20:34

Acacia is a bit tender unless you live in the south - you may know it as Mimosa - small scented yellow flowers in April and May. The two species I have are evergreen - the ferny leaved florists one called 'Acacia dealbata', and a more interesting weeping mimosa called 'Acacia pravissima' or Oven's wattle. It can be trained into any shape you want by pruning after flowering. Both fast growing. 

front garden design

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 20:19

Make your front patch beautiful in winter when everyything else is dull. My photo is the seedhead of hellebore - winter flowering and a shade lover. Another winter 'must' is daphne odoratum - pink strong scented flowers on a compact shrub, Jan - April. Perfect by the front door.

Ill snowdrop?

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 16:42

This is what is happening to mine. Torn petals and some completely gone. We have wood pigeons and they have a reputation for this sort of damage but I haven't caught them at it.

Eaten snowdrops

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 16:34

Same problem but just discovered some petals half torn so think the answer may be birds. I keep an eye on them but never see it happening though we do get wood pigeons and they have a reputation for this sort of thing.


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Pollen beetles

My white narcissus are full of black pollen beetles.  
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Slate planter

How to make a very simple slate planter 
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Last Post: 13/06/2013 at 21:41
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