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Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 00:35


Hester...I sympathise.  I only have a small flower garden but it seems to be infested with many beasties and flies and allsorts this year that I'm losing a lot of my favourites.

I can't do that clever thing some of you do when you post a few photos and put text underneath them.

The top pic is oriental poppy leaf...whatever this is it has spread from the Astrantia major which sits behind the poppies.  The Astrantia always come up like this but this is the first time it has spread from them to any other plant.

My lovely Kilmarnock Willow has yellow stuff on all the leaves which is into the leaves and they are peppered yellow under each leaf.   I've lost 5 roses as every single bud comes up with the top eaten and inside is rotten.  My two peonies which I'd thought were a surefire hard won success from transplanting came up with buds.  All are completely rotten through with brown goo inside them, then the stems went brown and I cut them all off.  So I think I will have to uproot and throw the plants out.  I had 9 geums of different varieties which always bloomed beautifully in the spring.  Only 4 of the original ones (have two new ones) have come up.  Loads of lush foliage - not a single flower - and they were my best little 'display' area which gave me a thrill every year.   My Aucuba (spotted laurels) have always been really healthy and were in the Spring.  Two weeks ago the stems all started to lean outwards as if falling, leaves are varying shades of yellow, then black and I'm going to have to dig them out as well.  My Briza Media, another favourite, have thrown up the usual stalks but the lovely tinkling little bits which make them so beautiful are all in shreds, like hanging threads.  I could go on.  I've lost lots of my perennials this last couple of weeks and I'm concerned that it might be something to do with a soil improver compost I put all over the garden in early spring OR it's just the thousands of beasties of all kinds I've never seen before which seem to have decended on mass.

So I know how you feel!  Chin up! 

What to do?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 00:17

Thanks bekkie...good info on the growth timescale for a couple of years.

Ah it hasn't been planted.  Was given it yesterday and believe it was bought on very cheap offer from Asda and apparently they have loads of them sitting around with a plastic bag type thing around the roots.  I think they have been in the shop for some time.   It was evening when it came my way and I thought that if it had been sitting around in the shop for some time like this, that it must just hold on somehow until it's planted!!!!!!!  So being in this plastic bag thing might mean it's not bare root?  I know nothing about trees,.

To be honest, I can't find a place for a tree of any sort in the garden and if I'm to try and plant it and come what may...I'm going to have to remove quite a lot of things to make room for it.

Oh dear! 



Trachelospermum jasminoides

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 00:05

Grrrrrrrrrr...Mine didn't flower in four years and I pulled it out yesterday and consigned it to the garden bin.  Maybe I ought to have had your patience Busy Bee 2.  As an aside to this, on one of the Chelsea Flower Show snippets, there was a lady who did climbers and she had a magnificent Star Jasmine which had been trained up and over an arch.  I was gutted when I saw how beautiful it was...and that it was implied they were easy to care for I think.  Ugh...mine got the better of me that's for sure.


Beetle ID please

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 23:44

That's one of the creepiest I've ever seen.  Can't wait to find out what it's called.


What to do?

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 09:18

I have a small garden and have been gifted a bare root Morello cherry tree.  I'm not sure what to do with it and have done a web search I'm still confused about how to grow it, how big it is likely to get and how much influence I could have on how to control it so that it doesn't get too big - if this is possible.

I've looked on the net and they seem to get way too big for me to plant in my small garden.

Has anyone planted one from scratch in a small garden who could give me any advice.  I don't understand the 'bush maiden' and 'standard' descriptions as described on the net.

As it was a gift I must find the most suitable way to plant it in a sensible place and I'm just not sure about it.  If anyone has experience of these I would love any advice available.

Many thanks everyone.

californian poppy spotting

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 00:10

 Hi Bluebaron.  These are my Californian poppies rescued from collapsing greenhouse.  I sowed them very late into pots instead of the ground so these are about 4 weeks.  I'm assuming yours should look like these.

My proposed book

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 07:30

Ha ha Mike.  Anything of mine would have to come under the 'Mistakes to avoid at all costs...' section!



Posted: 21/06/2014 at 07:27

Done it myself several times also Supernoodle so I'm a muppet too! 

Spetchley Park Gardens

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 23:59

Great account of your visit and love the photos, especially the roses.  I especially like the look of the first rose pic with all those buds.   I wonder which rose it is.  The lilac one is stunning too.  Great pics.  Thanks for sharing.


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 23:50


Hi everybody.  Does anyone know this plant?  I loved the look of them and bought a couple.  I've yet to re-pot them from the shop pots - and will be keeping them in pots. The 'odorata' is fantastic - very sharp and fresh.  More citrus though than apple but absolutely lovely.

I did a net search to check up on growing conditions and care but couldn't find anything much in English.  The label is Dutch.

Any info. would be much appreciated folks.

Thank you.


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