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