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The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 20:09

Poly, two options.

drench with Provado now. Or, dig up your polyamthus....polyanthus .....and thiroughly wash the roots and pot into fresh compost.

I often dig mine up about now if the polys fail the "pull" test, viz., a sharp tug.  i dig out the surrounding soil and spread the contents on a board or sheet of plastic for the birds to forage through


Posted: 18/11/2015 at 18:58

Eck!  now they say we will have a max temp 6 degrees on Friday.  That is going to be heck of a shock.  What will night temps be?  

Where is Autumn?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 18:39

My cannas were .....still are.....huge. (tee hee hee) 

Where is Autumn?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 18:11

Well I thought it was excellent Hosta.  Prob a little micro climate off the bay helped 


Posted: 18/11/2015 at 18:09

Doesn't happen often here but a freezing, sunny still winter's day is stimulating.....makes me feel alive.   A walk to the beach seeing blue sky, blue sea and yellow sand and very few people around is stunning on such a day.  So a little envious of you up there Fairy 

Bay trees help

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 18:02

Word for word my reply too.

bays are very,very tough plants.  

Did you tease out the roots a little when you potted on?  Did you soak the rootball?  In any case you wont notice an "improvement" until the spring squealchyno.  

Where is Autumn?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 17:56

Not sure we do experience extremes of weather.  Summer wasn't esp hot.  Winter wasn't esp cold.  Autumn has been mild.  No water shortages. ,we are getting moderate weather, surely? 

Top 3 plants

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 17:49

Wot?  Those weeds? 


Posted: 18/11/2015 at 16:16

Pleasant day.  Bit breezy at times but still warm.....maybe just for another day though 

erected my usual home made winter polytunnel (20' x 8' I guess) to house and protect pots....full gh,,full poly tunnel and conservatory almost full.  And pots galore not protected.  done in a mad rush cos winter is coming on Friday when temps will plummet From 15 or so today to 7 

hope your mood picked up Punkdoc.  got bulbs planted yet? 


Where to buy in Wiltshire

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 11:44 awful lot of work for a Staghorn?  The roots will certainly escape a 2' pot.  Just check anything that has been in a pot for a few years to comfirm that. 

if the suckers were really that shallow there would not be an issue with these shrubs.  They develop exfensive root system network and suckers emerge all over the place.  

I think Sandyboy is well aware of the issues but, firstly he is still determined to plant one and, secondly he has a big garden where he feels the suckers will not be a problem.  

Staghorn (as well as bamboo, those  that are generally planted everywhere) is NOT suitable for gardens.  Would be purchasers should be advised as to their invasive tendencies. My experience is every time I see one in a garden I see suckers too. 

Why put it in a pot?  Plant an acer instead....anything. 

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