Posted: 15/07/2015 at 23:03
Edd, Maureen, Loupen: Interesting about thrips Edd. I have been plagued with them this past month on verbena, scabious and my sidalceas 'Elsie Heugh' are a disgusting mess. I did a spray with Provado - which I am very wary of anything chemical - and have had to take out plants, cut back foliage and remove the soil around the plants where the thrips were lying in their hundreds. I've never had such a year for thrips.
Maureen: I divided my crocosmia two years ago and haven't had flowers yet on the two divisions moved to another part of the garden. I suspect it's in my soil - whether thrips causing rust or that I've weakened them for attack when dividing. If I don't get any flowers this year (and there's no sign as yet but in Scotland we are weeks behind) - I will dig them up and destroy I think. So disappointing as I love them but we also get too much rain and I have a problem with a neighbours tree whose canopy this year renders two thirds of my garden in shade and the neighbour and I struggle with damp conditions because of it. However, tree surgeon felling it in a couple of weeks. (Mixed feelings getting rid of a tree, but it's covered in scale each year and we can't wait for increased light and less damp). So things might improve all round after that.
Loupen: Delighted you have flowers now.