The lovely spring weather continues. Everything seems to be leaping into action! The garden isn’t a riot of colour, as I may have mentioned, but, when I look carefully, I can find plenty of new buds opening.
I felt it was time to repot some houseplants – those that replaced the ones that died in the bathroom. When I removed the plants from the container, I wondered why there were several orange tomato pips in the soil. Silly me! I decided to “Google” “What do vine weevil eggs look like?” Surprise, horrible surprise, they look like orange tomato pips!🤔😲😨😬
I got rid of the soil and have checked the plant roots. I am risking keeping them but will repot them again in a couple of weeks to check for the eggs/bugs. (I didn’t think you would want a photo of the eggs!)
On that note, I will proceed with my Six-on-Saturday.
I have managed to avoid digging up the fritillaries that my son and daughter-in-law gave me last Mother’s Day! They are looking very healthy. (You can see the foliage of that perennial geranium looking healthy too!)
Here’s that beautiful plant, again. It survives where I dug it up from behind the dustbin, also, beside the bird bath, behind the lavender. (The geranium is featuring, again!)
Last summer I weeded the riverbank and covered it with black polythene. I looked at it a few weeks ago and saw that great chunks of the clay soil had come away (as had some of the polythene) due to the very dry winter. Rather worrying because there’s only about 30 to 40 cm of soil/clay between the stream and the garden fence. (This bright sunshine makes it rather awkward to show the damage. I think that is a rusty paint can which must have been embedded in the clay.) We have had an estimate to sink 150 cm concrete fence posts into the edge of the bank with 2 or 3 gravel boards slotted into them in order to hold back and support the rest of the bank – I will have to use all my pocket money for this month!
The first broccoli pickings! It’s looking good so should provide a good few servings.
I bought these two clematis plants to replace the one that disguised the water butt beside the conservatory and the one that fell down with the front garden trellis. (The geranium is trying to get into the picture again.)
These are the two dead clematis. I’ll say no more.
I mentioned to Jim last week that my camelia has rather yellow leaves. My neighbour has a couple of much larger camelias both of which have several yellow/yellowing leaves. (I managed to knock one flower and two buds off when I tidied the soil around the base to take the photo!) Any ideas, Jim? I haven’t fed it much, maybe that’s what it needs.
While I was researching vine weevil eggs, I read that one gardener reckoned the leaves of her camelia had been eaten by either the grubs or the weevil itself. The “toothmarks” were just like those on this plant.
We are off shopping now. Granny’sGardenHimIndoors and I catch the bus at the end of the road and wave our cards at the nice driver who doesn’t even make us pay!
Meanwhile, Happy birthday tomorrow to our delightful, #1 son-in-law. I am rather concerned, as I mentioned to Mrs P, does a birthday trump Mother’s Day? Have a good weekend.