Latest posts by yarrow2

Eranthis cilicica (one of the Winter Aconites)

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 19:27

nutcutlet and Berghill - thanks so much.  Great news and advice.  Will have to report back if I have success with this. x

Eranthis cilicica (one of the Winter Aconites)

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 12:34

I planted three Eranthis cilicica for this Spring which came up fine.  I want to gather some seeds but am not sure if I've missed the seed pods or if they are still to come.

Can anybody familiar with these plants tell from this photograph what stage these are at - if the seed pods have been and burst and gone or if I should still be waiting for them to appear?  I've been told to plant seeds right away when they are fresh - but all I'm seeing are the dying off petals and stamen - I think!!!

Many thanks.ii

Aphids on my Acers

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 23:33

Thanks for the slug eggs ID Cloggie.

Insect ID

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 21:34




Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 21:24

Been moving all pots with seedlings in as near to the house and shelter as possible and covering other pots with whatever I could get hands on for the next few evenings of expected frost.  (Got rid of my little plastic greenhouses end of last year and wish I hadn't done it now - typical silly whim to save space).  Been using all old plastic sheeting to cover annuals sowed in borders and beds.  Got stung by a wasp for the first time in years when I lifted a pot - it was hiding in a carex.  Yelped like a child as I'd forgotten how sore a sting can be but tube of Anthisan to the rescue after a bit of squeezing and sucking to get sting out.  Next time I'll be looking more carefully at what I'm lifting.

Planted and mulched some of these little Dicentra 'Aurora' which will spread over time and give some nice ground cover in dappled shade - hopefully!


Thank you!

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 21:02

That's lovely Liz.  Well done you - and helpers.  Gorgeous.

Can someone ID please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 20:59

What brilliant luck!  Its' beautiful.

Aphids on my Acers

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 20:55

The birds seem to be digging out these all over the place - anyone know if they're eggs or what kind of eggs they are?

PS I see it's posted this twice - but can't seem to delete this repeat post.  Aaaaaaaargh!

Last edited: 23 April 2017 20:56:59

Aphids on my Acers

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 20:54

The birds seem to be digging out these all over the place - anyone know if they're eggs or what kind of eggs they are?

Aphids on my Acers

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 20:32

I was plagued with so many aphids last summer - from very early spring - that I got so fed up I started digging up plants.  Had some lovely Leucanthemum 'Bright Lights' but as soon as they came into bud all six plants were covered in them the entire season.   I was getting into very negative thinking wondering if there was some weakness in the soil making the plants weak and therefore over-appealing to aphids.  I don't use chemicals, but daily squishing and hose blasting didn't get rid of them at all.

For the past week, a large hellibore is absolutely covered in them, every single flower has a mixture of them in different colours, shapes and sizes and I'm going to chop the flowers down because it looks terrible and for some reason the birds don't go anywhere near it.   All the 'tits', robins, blackbirds, finches are concentrating on things in the soil at the moment - little clear egg-type things and small beasties - but they never go for the greenfly and aphids on the plants.  Drives me nuts., LOL, and I suspect they know it!!!

I am bereft of ladybirds in this garden.  Only ever see one or two each year.  I know people buy them and am wondering if I should go down that route - when is the best time to buy some?  Then again, because they never appear in this garden - bar one - maybe the garden isn't a good home for them here. Wouldn't want to give them a miserable life!

Last edited: 23 April 2017 20:35:19

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