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What is eating my dahlia tips

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 14:27

Thank you both for your replies... having just looked up capsid bug on google ...which had a photo of capsid damage I am now convinced that they are the culprit....and come to think of it my very tatty looking cardoons are probably another victim. Still haven't seen one though....is it the adults that do the damage or the larvae...do they fly away when disturbed I wonder ,which may account for lack of sightings.  So what to do about them? Is there an organic control I wonder, since I grow my cardoons mainly for the benefit of the bees!

What is eating my dahlia tips

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 13:15

Yes brown round the edges and distorted leaves....now some leaves have been eaten down to the mid ribs ....but what do capsid s look like and wouldnt I have seen some by now....of whatever it is that's causing the problem. Matbeer ...you mentioned your Shastas having been attacked but oddly only my Dahlias are being targeted...nothing else including Shastas seems to be affected. It really is most odd.

What is eating my dahlia tips

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 07:32

The new growth on my dahlias is being attacked by something but I cannot find any obvious culprits. All of the top  leaves and shoot tips look nibbled and blasted mostly round the edges....also some small holes...but the holes and nibbled edges .... which have brownish edges.... are smaller than slug  damage. there are no encrustations of aphids...in fact not even the slightest sign of them. The plants which are quite tall look healthy enough below...it's just the tips which are affected and this of course is inhibiting flowering. I have one or two flowers only on each plant. Any suggestions??

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 09:42

I've had exactly the same experience as diggingdoris for 2 years now and have nearly given up on it twice...but it springs back to life eventually. However it has produced little top growth and seems to be constantly catching up.....although healthy enough once it gets going. it is west facing but our prevailing wind will give it a blasting in the winter. So this year I will try protecting it with a sheet of polycarbonate rather than fleece which seemed to float around a lot last year.

Digitalis illumination pink

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 17:32

I bought  a large Illumination pink late last last summer and carefully planted it in a carefully chosen spot but it failed to survive the winter. Just next door to it an orchid flowered foxglove not only survived but is still flowering in mid July.  I have just sourced another Illumination and I notice that it says on the label that it  will survive a few degrees of frost but may need some protection in severe weather. Am I just unlucky or has anyone else had a winter casualty...and what would be the best way of protecting it I wonder....does it really need a cloche ....in Hertfordshire??

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Mystery bugs

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 19:47

Well thank you so much EVERYBODY for taking the time and trouble to reply to my   "crie de coeur" . I have read every bodies' responses  with great interest. As a result I have successfully managed to identify  the culprit ( so a BIG thankyou for that) and have been given a range of possible solutions and philosophies to explore. Whilst I respect Jim and Patty's positions ....I truly do....I'm afraid I will never be exclusively a wildlife gardener. I am a keen gardener and plants person first and foremost but I have a sympathy and respect for wildlife and would like to find a compromise which will however not entail my resident bugs being allowed to make a takeover bid for exclusive rights to  my whole garden. Consequently I find myself very much in tune with Verdun ( and also Lindsay4's second post). I believe I have at least  equal rights  with the local wildlife ,to enjoy my outdoor space and my cherished plants.. So with that in mind, I have used a systemic insecticide on special geraniums in sacred  key spots in my back garden..( at dusk so as not to affect my beloved  bees,ladybirds  or hover flies,  who , I understand, can still enjoy the nectar unharmed in the morning)....but the majority of my geraniums (mostly in my front garden) remain untouched for bugs to enjoy. Inspired by Lindsay I will grow a second batch of sacrificial nasturtiums in a space set aside for wildlife but I'm afraid I will use systemic spray on some in prime spots where I wish to enjoy the flowers. I am not trigger happy but I will stand  up for my rights to enjoy my garden whilst at the same time allowing and even creating a place in my garden for my uninvited ' guests'.I would be interested in the views of the ' wildlife' lobby on this position.

Mystery bug

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 14:44

Yes I guess blue cranes bill type...one of the plants is called Rozanne....blue flower ,white centre. As for butterflies...have seen none so far this year,so wonder if its a moth caterpillar...not striped at all...rather non descript....thread like and very tiny and dirty grey in colour....cannot enjoy them since will have no geraniums left soon.....although they do not seem to fancy Johnsons Blue ( which has slightly hairier leaves)or any other  species of plants so far

Mystery bugs

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 14:29

 HELP...my hardy geraniums ....normally trouble free, are under severe attack from a tiny caterpillar which I do not recognise. It's about 1 cm. long .....sort of greyish and very skinny and although very difficult to spot,( because so tiny ,so few of them and they tend to curl up ) they are decimating the leaves of some of my hardy geraniums , which are now beginning to look like filigree / lace work. They are eating tiny but plentiful holes in leaves and seem to be starting at  ground level and working upwards....have not yet reached new soft growth.....but it won't be long now!!! How do I control them ?.... they are so tiny and elusive that picking them off is not an option. Would prefer an organic solution if possible since I do not want to  affect beneficial insects if it can possibly be helped. Urgent suggestions needed please!!

 

 

Mystery bug

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 14:20

 HELP...my hardy geraniums ....normally trouble free are under attack from a tiny caterpillar which I do not recognise. It's about 1 cm. long .....sort of greyish and although very difficult to spot,( because so few of them and they tend to curl up ) they are decimating the leaves of some of my hardy geraniums , which are now beginning to look like filigree / lace work. They are eating tiny but plentiful holes in leaves and seem to be starting at  ground level and working upwards....have not yet reached new soft growth.....but it won't be long now!!! How do I control them ?Would prefer an organic solution if possible since I do not want to  affect beneficial insects if it can possibly be helped. Urgent suggestions needed please

How to attract butterflies

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 01:37

No come to think of it  have seen no ladybirds so far ......as well as no lily beetles or butterflies. The only insect I seem to have in abundance is bumble bees. Sadly the slugs don't seem to have been in any way deterred by a long cold winter. Have also noticed a frog and a toad which means there should be many more that I haven't noticed!

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