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Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:40

Lilies are now,opening. Yesterday not o e regale lily flower but today a laze of them.  A day is a long time in the garden

Just couple of lily beetles couple of weeks back but not seen any sInce or any damage. ,just about to take my dog for a run but will make another quick check on them

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:33

Good evening FORKERS...i won.  Look, it doesn't matter who won....but I won.  First to the evening bulletin and it's little,old me.  I'm,not too bothered really, can take it or leave it but I am first.

Been brilliant weather today ....sunny morning and sun n cloud later but very,warm and humid.  No gardening.....oh, pulled some carrots, spring onions, radishes and lettuces, picked rhubarb and gooseberries.  My peaches are a washout this year.   Might get one on each of my two bushes.  My fault should have protected them from peach leaf curl

On the bright side, my blueberry bushes are packed with berries  ...ditto the blackcurramts.  But my beans are only alf the height they were last year and I was already picking and eating them then

What a strange,year.

Perennial Geraniums.

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:22

It's a caterpillar.  ...bug worm  it is, from memory.  They do the same sort of damage that gooseberry sawfly do to gooseberries.  It's happening to one or two of,mine.  It's hard to,see,the blighters but you can spray.  A soap spray is effective as,is a systemic chemical,one.

I cut everything down......convince myself I'm doing the Chelsea chop (well. It does have the same effect).....and spray the remaining plant.  In a few weeks it will flower again with fresh foliage.  This year though I will anticipate a repeat attack and spray again just before the new flush of flowers.  

These things are cyclical I,think.  It's caterpillars and ants this year.

Evergreen shrub suggestions

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:13


Hiya.  Did you want to put something that might hurt....pyracantha will hurt...or,did you want something simply to block their way? 

Is it shady, sunny?  Draughty?  

For prickly but not too vicious berberis Darwinii is also evergreen with orange/yellow flowers in spring.  Will grow in sun or partial shade and is tough. 

A camellia in a pot is nice....evergreen and spring flowers.  Dittoa rhododendrons.  Needs acid soil in your pot though.  Choisyas again are evergreen but with scented spring flowers.  Phormiums..perfect pot feature. Maybe bit old fashioned now but a conifer in a pot ?  Yews and junipers would do well.  Or, a collection of ornamental grasses?

Mind your own business

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:00

Woody......clever.  You WOULD (wood) know that!   Ha ha 

Summer has arrived

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 17:20

That's cruel happymarion and very mischievous.............

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 16:49

Well, wasn't I crafty?  Just mention pets and we learn so much more about you

Curry plant

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 16:43

KEF. That's not stealing.  You saved its life cos ultimately it would have been run over by a car.  So, not a thief you are a hero!

A miracle, well I think so.

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 15:41

Nothing like the "chink" of water on a still hot summer's day.......

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 15:37

Salino, yes would prefer that....snapping individual plants.  Maybe the agastaches, echinaceas, salvias and grasses would appeal.

Have lovely day salino

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