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Lupin problems

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 12:34

I prefer to grow lilies in pots of which I had two white and two orange up until last year when I decided to test the garden with a pot of each variety, but I am quite disappointed with the attack on their foliage from slugs and snails (my bad for not using grit) that has left them very tatty and whilst I have only seen 2 lily beetle this year despite rigorous checks, the awkward position of the lilies in the ground doesn't assist me in daily inspections.

Mine are going straight back in comfy pots at the end of summer with a good feed and a cheery place on my patio...and maybe another variety to join them. The garden is just too cruel for a lily's beauty!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 10:34

Today is bright and blustery in Kent, with heavy cloud.

Ponds

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 10:25
Tim Burr wrote (see)
...within a very short space of time, it was looking very established, and filling up with wildlife. Heaven knows where it comes from because I am in the middle of a modern housing development, surrounded on all sides by houses and by gardens covered in grass.

Its remarkable to think that concrete spaces would grow over in just ten years whilst 100 yrs would see a wood! Nature is supreme.


 

Lupin problems

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 10:10

@franco6832, That is indeed a wonder and can only be the result of less intervention! Whilst we would like to think our gardens are wildlife attractions, the real ecosystems are going on right under our noses in hedgerows and meadows where pests are very evidently kept in check!

Instructions from start to finish on foxglove flowers

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 10:06

@Sam1024, Foxglove seed can actually be sown fresh so you could try extracting seed into a tray. Don't overcrowd them though, its important to give them air and leave somewhere in dappled shade, out of strong sunlight.

Garden gaffes

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 09:56

@auntie betty, you are now my favourite auntie!! (besides the fact, I don't have any other aunties)

I bought a Lime Rickey 2litre pot last year and stuck it in the sun where it promptly died, just as you describe. Believing the label was correct, I couldn't work out why, but I did manage to take two tiny tiny divisions before it completely croaked which I have grown on for a year.

They are still puny but not tiny and my intention was to add them to my full sun border, still believing the experts!   Thank You for your invaluable first hand experiences.

Lupin problems

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 09:46

Firstly, Woodlice don't eat the growing parts of plants. They are nature's dustmen and are actually surviving on the dead and rotting material such as fallen leaves that quite naturally occur on even the healthiest plants.

Secondly, seedlings should be allowed to grow on in pots or a nursery bed somewhere sheltered out of full sun, watered well and left undisturbed until next spring, when they will be big enough to join the garden. Perhaps the GH is too hot?

Thirdly, and most importantly, slugs and snails are the cause of your nibbled flower buds, if my personal experience serves me well. Lupins are a favourite dinner and as much as you think you are dealing with the problem, evidently some slugs are managing to avoid your methods of control.

I would heap grit onto the crown of the plant in a diameter that equals the outer most leaf touching ground, in the case of Lupins which are mostly upright, this shouldn't be too tricky. But slugs and snails hide inside the rosettes where the flower buds are forming, the same as with Eremurus (Foxtail Lily) and Kniphofia (Redhot Poker) and you must be vigilant at this time or you will have no flowers to speak of, let alone much plant left.

A small sprinkling of blue pellets will help matters if that idea doesn't offend you and you might also try some late night slug runs with a torch and/or garlic spray on the leaves and buds until the problem is within normal bounds.

Good luck!

Instructions from start to finish on foxglove flowers

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 01:08

Foxgloves should self sow  around your garden if you leave the flower stems on, you will see new plants come up with oval shaped leaves that are furry or slightly rough and green. They will grow to about palm size by winter time. Leave them bee (haha) and they will do all the work for you next year getting much bigger in the spring and flowering next year to begin the cycle all over again.

Flower stems that are broken will only produce seed if the seed has had good time to ripen which I doubt is the case. The shops will sell packets of seeds or some folks here generously offer spare seed as and when they have some.

 

Laurel...

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 21:16

Hehe. Perfectly understandable sir!

I have two on-purpose Laurel in my garden because I love them for their glossy evergreen leaves, their support of wildlife big and small and the fact they make fast growing privacy and structure in a garden. I prune them to be standards or tree-shaped personally by cutting off the bottom foliage as I prefer that look, and have to hack the tops back about every two years, which I do in late summer, just so long as their are no birds nesting,  

Laurel...

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 19:37

Ouch! Who didn't warn you about Laurels?

You can trim any hedge as and when required so long as you don't want flowers and its not too early/late in the year because the new growth will get damaged. Mostly it works out at about once or twice a year, depending on plant and standards.

Hedge trimmers are mighty fine weaponry if you are looking for shabby-chic, unfortunately Laurel is one of those evergreens with big leaves that will tear and go brown and ugly if you cut indiscriminately. Most Laurel hedge owners prune by hand...but of course, this is a matter of taste/time!

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