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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:


http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/tree-id-please/983454.html

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?

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?

Foxes & Cats

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 15:35
I walked past the same house again yesterday and there were no cats outside but... I did spot the fox curled up under a bush. It must live in that front garden but only has the confidence to sit in the open when the cats are around.

Twin bulbs in packet

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 15:32

I bought some lily bulbs a month or two ago and only got around to planting them today. They were already sprouting in the packet when I opened them.


There were supposed to be three bulbs in the packet but two of them were sprouting twin stems and looked like two half bulbs fused together. I take it these were probably older bulbs that were propagating?


I snapped them fully in half (which was quite easy) and planted them in separate holes. Did I do the right thing, or should I have left them as one?


I wouldn't be surprised if they come up blind this year, as happens with tulips when their bulbs do this, but does it mean next year I'll end up with 5 lilies instead of the three I paid for?!

Foxes & Cats

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 11:29

A couple of days ago, I was walking home past a suburban house in the afternoon (bright sunlight) and was surprised to see a fox and two cats keeping each other company outside the house. The fox was curled up trying to sleep, but raised its head and got a bit nervous when it saw me walk past. Literally a foot next to it was a cat sprawled out cleaning itself happily, and up on a box next to them both was another cat just sitting there enjoying the sun.


Has anyone else seen foxes starting to make friends with cats and being so comfortable to hang around with them outside someone's front door? The fox clearly felt more comfortable being part of a 'pack', and will probably learn from the behaviour of the cats not to be so scared of people and feel a sense of 'home'.

Last edited: 16 May 2016 11:32:19

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