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Gladioli seeds

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:47

I have gladioli in my garden that are more or less at the end of the season now. The ones that flowered first have long lost their petals and the flower heads (16 on some plants) have swollen into big pods.

Are these gladioli seeds, and if so, are they likely to grow into new plants in the average London garden? How long does it take to go from a seed to a full new plant?

In the past, I've just cut the dead stalks down as soon as they turn brown, but perhaps I could have been harvesting these pods and growing new gladioli.

When to pick carrots?

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 20:45

I planted Jeanette F1 carrots exactly three months ago and the ones that actually grew (not many of the last of three attempted batches of 100 I planted) are starting to poke out of the top of the soil with dark tops but orange roots beneath soil level. The tops are still healthily green

Do I need to pick them at any particular point or can I leave them in the ground all summer until I want them?

Will they just continue to grow bigger or do they reach a certain size and then just sit in the soil without growing any more?

This is my first year growing carrots. I also planted onion seeds but for some reason not one of three attempted batches grew.

Rosemary beetles

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 22:16

It's typical how things work. I was in the garden this afternoon and there were quite a few ladybirds on the gladioli. Then there was a very heavy bout of rain. It was only after that I went out to move them to a black aphid infestation on a potted plant and there was only one ladybird left. The others must have been blasted off, but hopefully they'll climb back up the gladioli if it's dry tomorrow.

Anyway, the one that was left literally walked off my finger onto a stem covered in aphids and instantly started eating them before its hind legs were off my finger. Must have made its day!

Rosemary beetles

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 18:08

The bush is in a corner and is about 6 feet tall, so I can't really use a hose without the water going onto two other neighbours' gardens, which I'm sure they'd find rude. Also, if I blasted them vertically onto the ground around the base I'm sure they'd climb straight back up.

I have some lilies next to the bush and have noticed a few rosemary beetles living on the lilies recently. Them, along with black vine weevils and red lily beetles - and tons of ladybird larvae. I assume ladybirds don't do any harm to lilies or gladioli? The larvae were all black with yellow dots. The adults I've seen have been mainly red with black spots but a few black ones with yellow spots too.

Last edited: 14 June 2016 18:09:49

Tree ID Please

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 17:55

Thanks for all the replies. I might try to keep it in a container the size of a large bucket for a few years then.

Will it need much sunlight? There is a spot out the front I could keep it, but it will spend most of its time in the shade.

Small tree ID

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 17:51

i started a thread about IDing a small tree today too, and had no problems posting two images:

Rosemary beetles

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 17:49

I have a rosemary bush that's absolutely infested with rosemary beetles. I crush the ones I spot but more just appear every day to replace them. It seems to be impacting on the plant because the growth is rather poor this year, with a lot of the 'leaves' nibbled away.

I considered buying a spray to kill them, but I'd rather not, mainly because this year the garden appears to be overrun by ladybird larvae, with the first few adult ladybirds now appearing. I'd like to keep these because my other plants tend to get infested with aphids.

So, any easy way to remove all the rosemary beetles without harming the ladybirds? I also have frogs in the foliage at the base of the rosemary bush.

Also, there are many pockets of bubbly 'spit' in the rosemary bush. Is whatever's causing these harmless or do they also damage the bush?


Posted: 14/06/2016 at 14:44

I miss being able to just click on the image to view it full size.

I also find it annoying when you click the "Start new thread" button in a particular forum and then have to choose which forum to start it in. It should default to the one you clicked the button in.

Last edited: 14 June 2016 14:47:17

Tree ID Please

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 14:27

Somehow, a tree has started growing in my garden even though there are no trees anywhere near and birds don't land in my garden. Droppings from birds flying over, perhaps?

Anyway, can anyone identify it, please?

I've spent ages Googling tree leaves but a lot of them look the same to me. Perhaps it's a beech tree of some sort?

I have nowhere to grow a full tree in my tiny garden (and would be scared of the roots doing damage), but how long could I keep it in a large planter before it needs transplanting into proper land?

Big lily plants

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 12:01

I planted some lilies a few years ago (sorry, can't remember the varieties) that grew to their expected heights of between 0.8–0.9M. They tended to produce a couple of flowers each.

This year they're all growing taller, with the ones in the best sunlight already at 1.4M and still looking nowhere near ready to flower. They're also developing loads of heads — 10 at least but some with 15 tiny buds so more may appear yet.

Is this normal for lilies, both the height and number of flowers, and the way they've taken 3-4 years to suddenly grow bigger?

Or is it just a good year for lilies?

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