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Talkback: Mullein moth

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 16:12

Just looked at my beautiful apricot verbascum and could not believe my eyes as it was totally bare except for a few leaves at the bottom. Even though I love my garden for it's beautiful flowers I was more than happy to sacrifice my flower spikes to this swarm of beautiful caterpillars. 

Espalier Conference Pear

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 14:42

I don't think it will be lack of water as we have had more than our fair share in the Lake District and we did water during the dry week in April but I think you are right about the sacrifice of fruit for foliage. Never seen as much - it will need a good hair cut !! Thanks.

Espalier Conference Pear

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 11:28

Can anyone help please. We have a three year old espalier Conference Pear which has produced good crops of pears over the last two years but this year all the buds are now starting to fall off except for about six. It had a good show of blossom during the mild warm spell in April and we had lots of bees about to pollinate and then we had some really cold nights. We did cover with fleece except on two night when we were away and wondered if this could this be the problem? The pear is on a wall that is in full sun for most of the day. Just before the fruit buds started to fall the pear has put on an unusual amount of growth and we do not know what the cause for this is either? All the foliage is healthy. Any suggestions gratefully received.

Sedum Purple Emperor

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 15:26

Thanks for all replies. Forgot about the dreaded vine weevil so I had a good look but thankfully no sign and lots of good strong roots and I can see some new growth in the centre of the plant so I am going with the wet weather option. Just have to hope for some Autumn sunshine!!

Sedum Purple Emperor

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 13:51

Some of the stems of my  Sedum Purple Emperor seems to be collapsing due to the wet weather. The thick fleshy leaves are going soft and the stems turning brown. Would it be best to a) cut all the stems back in the hope new foliage starts to grow and forfeit the flowers or b) should I just cut back the affected stems.

Box Blight

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 10:31

We also have problems with our box with what looks like die back but on closer inspection although the leaves have gone brown and fallen off on parts of the plant the stems still appear to be green where this has happened. We have three box pyramids and two box balls and it has only happened on the box balls on the top of the plants which get most of the weather eg "the rain". I have read an article which says  that fairly newly planted box if not having had the time to settle in properly can suffer from this type of damage in extreme weather conditions, wet, dry. It's been wet to say the least so finger crossed it is this and as an ever optimistic gardener it's fingers crossed that next year they may recover. Hope this gives you a little bit of hope.


Posted: 30/05/2012 at 09:07

Thank you to both (marshmello and jeffd) for taking the time to reply. Jeffd I think you have hit the nail on the head with box aphid as with the descriptions of mealybugs none of them mentioned the cloud of sticky dust that appeared when touching the plant. It does say it is harmless to the plant - do you treat your hedge in anyway or do you just leave it? Once again thank you so much it's put my mind at rest. Didn't fancy having to replace that little lot!!!!! 


Posted: 29/05/2012 at 20:11

When you see photos of mealybugs you only see small amounts in the photos, I have just come in from the garden in despair. I have five box pyramids and three box balls and without a word of a lie they are covered. It looks as if it has been snowing, I've never seen so many. I had some Rose Clear so I sprayed one of the trees with this and it does seem to be doing some good - does anyone know what the best solution is? I couldn't use a biological control as there is so much of it - it would need an army of ladybirds. I have also read that they can infest the soil and as they arn't in pots how would you control this? When I spray the bugs they fall to the ground in great numbers. Is it normal to get such a major infestation and is it possible it could be something else? How dose such a small creature lay so many eggs over such a great distance. I have never had mealybugs before in all the 36 years we have had this garden. HELP!!!!!


Posted: 27/03/2012 at 19:41

Yes that's the one and I lost mine over winter so I've bough a new tuber and it's sprouting well. I was hoping it would be possible to propagate in a similar way to dahlias as yet the cuttings I have taken don't look very happy


Posted: 21/03/2012 at 15:22

Does anyone know if it is possible to take cuttings of Cosmos Choca Mocha and if so how should I go about it?

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Espalier Conference Pear

bud drop 
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Sedum Purple Emperor

die back 
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Choca Mocha 
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cosmos chocamocha 
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Wood Mice

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problem with the leaves 
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