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Lupin problems

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 15:58

For me, lupins have 2 main enemies.....slugs/snails and lupin aphid.

Controlling these pests is hard, for snails etc., and easy for aphid.  My lupins are now looking quite majestic, I think, after a few weeks of picking off slugs and snails.  The lupin aphid, not a problem for me this year, is best comtrolled by a spray before flowering. 

I could not garden without lupins but I do remove most of them after flowerimg to divide or pot up.  

Agree with Wintersong....woodlice won't be eating living plant tissue 


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 15:53

Depends on variety,,of course, but yes plenty of ferns thrive in hot,dry situations. Not knowing exactly where to put a Dryopteris variety I left it on top of my built compost bin.....for 2 years now actually. No water and partially shaded it looks fine. However, I will locate it somewhere this autumn.

Just check out different ferns because some do need shade and good moisture.....jap painted ferns for example.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 15:47

Sounds fascinating Clari.  (terrible things going on now there...Iraq..). 

Took mum again down to her favourite walkway.   So hoooooooot.    Clearly though, rain is now needed.  It was so hot I forced myself to an ice cream and  ice cold lager, for medicinal purposes 

Runner beans now approaching tops of their frame....will be pinching out tops now on a daily basis.

Will be sorting out niece's car Insurance later.....lots of haggling,,even though on line. Already got her renewal reduced by £80 but we can do better than that 



Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 15:37

Salino, me too.....plants with history to tell. 

Cheeky Punkdoc......did post last year

This is just part of edge of my drive that is very dry and a couple  of weeks those yellow flowers...osteospermum voltage yellow.....will fill that area all summer. Eryngium jade Frost, just out of the picture on the right, adds further blue contrast.  A convolvulous cneorum is flowering there well too so a lot is going on to keep me interested 

Pruning a large established camillia

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 15:27

Hiya chris and welcome

Depends on how much smaller you want this to be

If mine I would take shears to it to just a little more  than the size you want it to be then use secateurs to cut back to buds or shoots if possible.  This tidies it all but also helps in regaining bushy shape.

I would have done this after flowering this spring past but now is ok.  You will lose flowers next spring though.  In future years  you can simply use secateurs to remove flowered stems. 



Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:37

Hello Orchid

Well. It seems that way doesn't it?  No rain for some time and when it's forecast it pours elsewhere.  Could use some decent rainfall though.  However, it's hot and lovely so better finish my varnishing.  

yes Orchid, I have arranged you to have lots of, lots of sunshine for Saturday and beyond.  In return a couple of cakes would be are my fav after all 


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:30

So I can borrow convertible again, then? 


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:24

ah, going to disagree with the Dove....guess I wont get access to her convertible now 

I prune immediately after flowering....actually just before as flowers fade.  I remove all flowered wood and then go further into green wood.  It keeps plant compact and more floriferous for next year.

When I get a new broom I try to buy small and prune back reasonably hard. Then out of flower it still looks a good evergreen mound  

in your case biofreak, remove those seed heads asap and just into green wood but not as hard as I would have done since your bushes were not pruned last year.  Do not enter into old wood....your broom will prob die if you do

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:15

someone asked about linum perenne few days ago so thought I would post a picture of some of mine.  spur of the mo thing so not up to standard of camera corner 

I find linum  long flowering, open most of the day delightful plant ...easy to look after with min watering and hardy for a couple of years.  easy from seed though



Posted: 18/06/2014 at 07:35


Thoughts with you chicky.  Always sad when youngsters experience these things.  Before my nephew lost his mum whilst at primary school his neighbour died leaving young girl his age and his close  friend's father was killed on a bicycle. We want to,protect kids from these realisations dont we?

Enjoy your days folks......another scorcher 


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