Latest posts by Sunnydayz

Climbing Rose with Powdery Mildew.. how to cure?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 19:51

Pleased your rose is still looking great, looks fab from the picture. Do you know which one it is? Is it scented too?

My veilchenblau is now out on a pergola and looks and smells a treat!

What is it?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 19:46

I think it's Phacelia that can be used by farmers and then it's ploughed back in to the soil to improve it. Imagine a whole field of blue .........

Field maple

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 19:35

Hi lydiaann, just wondering if it could be gall mites? Other trees get them limes, elms and sycamores for instance. If it is this then it should be able to brazen it out quite cheerfully.

have you any pictures?

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 19:28

Very few on the Notts/Derbys borders, lost the harlequin ladybirds after the very cold winter 2010/11, then had loads of natives the year after, but last autumn hardly saw any going to hibernate in mine or customers gardens, and only half a dozen all in all this season.

The cold wet weather last year and delayed spring this, caused a lot of problems in some areas, but GG absolutely right am seeing more and more larvae .... so bring on the sunshine .... and lets hope, like a lot of things this season they're just late.

Identify this? Plant with blue top and yellow orange flowers

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 19:19

Wow, what a fantastic plant. But don't want to put a dampner on this Agatha Christie moment, but might be an idea to just check how vigorous it is. It was growing in the wild in Sweden, how would it do in this country?

We're having all sorts of problems with imported plants and diseases right now, so might be worth just checking before growing.

Sorry don't want to be a spoil sport, but hope you know where I'm coming from

What is eating my isotoma Axillaris

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 17:44

How odd???? Sorry that's not helpful though is it? Have you tried surveillance? And can you move the pot to confuse the culprit?

Talkback: How to deter slugs with copper tape

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 17:31

For hostas in pots, try spraying around the base with WD40 (top tip from a hosta grower) it does work, but obviously can't do that with hostas in the border! Just make sure leaves aren't touching shed or another plant that the slug can airlift in by!!!!

Also we have heavy clay, it's actually yellow when you get down a bit. Mulch for England. Dig well rotted compost in where poss and then mulch. I tend to use peatfree organic, some are really reasonably priced - Vitalearth 4 bags for £10 currently. On the plus side of clay - roses love it!

All the best

I Found Bees!

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 17:19

hi Soney, check out the Bee Conservation website. I've happened to mention on another thread, they do regular monthy updates online and you can get a chart on the various different type of bee.

We had bees in an old compost heap the other year. no probs with them, great to see in the garden. Didn't return the following year.


Talkback: Plant envy

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 17:12

Hi ginagibbs, Been talking on another thread about roses, I have Mortimer Sackler that's a lovely ice pink climber with blue/green leaves, flowered well into November last year. Albertine is another lovely climber, more of a salmony pink which pales as it gets older, which looks lovely against the neat dark pink buds.

On the heuchera front though, at GW live bought Dark Secert, been after for a while, dark purpley/green on top and magenta under the leaf!

I have a theory though, if growers name a plant after confectionery or drinks ... then we buy them ... Mocha, key lime pie, cappacino, berry marmalade ... or is it just me??

Mystery bugs

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 17:00

Hi, yes I've seen them for the first time this year in a customers garden. If you can I'd try to remove them manually by hand but that depends how big your plant is .... you could be there a while. Removing the pest infested leaves and leaving untouched ones will mean constant surveillance on the rest though.

Had berberis sawfly larvae a few years ago and they came back year after year! and did spray, but in the end got so fed up, took the plant out and replaced with cotinus. Hope your situation doesn't come down to that though. Good luck.

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