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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

Droopy Thalictrum

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 20:12

LOL!  I think that's normal droopy Will - the stems are fleshy as they are growing and it has feet to grow, which it will and by summer it will be tall and firm and the flowers are gorgeous.  Well worth it.  It looks fine and maybe just keep it moist.  Mine were very droopy yesterday but look as if they're doing fine now.  Don't chop down any of yours.  It will grow fine.

Transplant a rose

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:53

NoviceGardener2 - I agree with Lynda - don't prune it - but I'd suggest you give it a couple of watering cans of water and wait an hour or so before you start your attempt to dig a distance around it and ease it out.  I've always found that a good watering helps - and spurned on by a video I once saw of the late Jeff Hamilton advocating a good deep watering before removing - and then providing a good deep watering when you transplant - I finally had success in moving my roses - which still bloomed at the normal time after I'd transplanted them at this time of year.  I also sprinkled the roots and some of the base of the new hole with myochorzzial granules (can never spell that unless I'm looking at the label) which was also their advice.

Last edited: 23 April 2017 19:54:26

Clematis ' Doctor Mary '

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:40

Lord! That's lovely.  How are you growing it Richard i.e. do you trail it horizontally or round something or upwards?  It's a beauty.

Droopy Thalictrum

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:29

Quick update:  I've just dashed outside to take a look at mine in the pot.  Blowing a gale - but new shoots have come up and it seems to have perked up after a watering can full of water this morning.  I never looked back to check as I was so busy covering up seedlings in the beds and mulching perennials as we are expecting frost the next few evenings and perhaps some hail and sleet (Scotland)!

It doesn't look as droopy as it did!  So if the frost and expected rotten weather doesn't go for it negatively, it looks strong enough (I think!) to perhaps stay in the pot.

I'm sure yours will be fine WillDB once it gets used to a new home.

Droopy Thalictrum

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:13

WillDB - I've had a Thalictrum 'Elin' growing fully exposed for a couple of years - it was massively tall and very happy in a small bed which had not been topped up with any decent garden compost for a couple of years also.

However, because of the sun coming from only one direction to my garden - it always attempted to lean towards it and I had it supported with canes around it two thirds of the way up in height.  Which was ok as it's beautiful leaves (stunning after a shower) bushed out and covered the canes. 

In February I decided to transplant it into a very large pot away from the middle of the garden.  This doesn't look to have been the wisest move.  It has thrown up new shoots but both the shoots and the leaves look wilting and have not become erect.  It is in good compost - but I'm contemplating getting it back in soil again to see if it will pick up.  It was always beautifully erect and strong so I'm kicking myself at having moved it at all.

My bet is that once May kicks in, it will revive.  I keep it moist after having an initial couple of big drinks.  I'm sure both yours and my own will perk up soon.

Last edited: 23 April 2017 19:13:59

Unsure on this plant?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 00:34

ginasearle - I have no idea what the correct way to prune is.  Mine grow so bushy by June - 3 foot high and the same wide that I'm afraid I am brutal with them at this time of the year.  I only bought them as small plants 3 years ago and they have been tough as old boots and seem to grow really fast after May kicks in.

At the moment, I have brutally chopped both of them so that they look quite pathetic at the moment as you can see in this photo.  I've done this in Spring since I've had them.  I have no idea if it does the plant any harm but they put on an excellent show all summer up until November.  Even in the summer when some stalks get in the way - they cascade out in all directions - I just cut the stems back any length I want and it has, so far, never affected the plant at all.

The smell of the leaves is wonderful and even as I was chopping them, the aroma is still there all summer and winter.

But then again, your plant may not be this particular salvia - it looks very very similar but I can't tell 100%.

Last edited: 23 April 2017 00:42:09

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