Six-on-Saturday 30-03-2019

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.

1)

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!)

2)

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!)

3)

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!

4)

The first broccoli pickings! It’s looking good so should provide a good few servings.

5)

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.)

6)

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.

22 thoughts on “Six-on-Saturday 30-03-2019

  1. My camellia leaves suffer with the cold and sea wind. I’ve feed them well over the last year and with the mild winter they are looking a bit better. I just don’t think they are hardy enough for Northern coastal sights. One came with the garden and the other was a present. At some point I’ll probably replace them with something more suited to the site but seems a shame to take out an established shrub.

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  2. Give your Camellia a dose of Vitax Ericaceous Feed say once a week for a couple of months and then once a month. Works fine for me.I expect Jim will make a similar suggestion.Certainly looks like weevil nibblings but I wouldn’t expect to see adults outdoors for another month or so. Damn and blast, they’re obviously out early this year. Sommat else to watch for. Nice that you now have twice as many Clematis as before. Now you just need another butt.

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  3. I think all of the beasties are about early this year. I found Lily Beetle this week. One of my Sixes is extolling the virtues of the nematodes for Vine Weevils. I think it has to be warmer to use them though.
    Love the colour of the first Clematis – is it an alpina? I have Francis Rivis but would love one that colour as well.

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    1. I bought them from my local garden centre. I am going to check the labels in the daylight tomorrow and will let you know. I will check the soil when I plant them because it was the same place I bought the house plants from…..and they had the vine weevils!!!!!

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  4. Camellias do need acid soil but the likelihood is that they’re hungry. Compost tends to get more acid over time so if it was suitable when planted it won’t be unsuitable now. Feed now, for the early flush of growth it’ll soon be making but don’t expect a rapid improvement, it’s not in the nature of camellias to respond quickly. Might take a couple of seasons with adequate feeding to get it looking good. Don’t let it get too dry, especially as the sun gets hotter, probably best in shade. Be aware that while the tops are hardy, the roots are not and if the pot freezes the plant will die. If it part freezes it will be struggling to grow new roots when it should be making new top growth. Not sure that’s vine weevil damage, their notchings are usually smaller and more at the margins. The grubs are a menace on camellia roots though.

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  5. I don’t have much luck with Clematis. Other than the Montana I think the rest may have died. Will have to get some more this year. The riverbank sounds like a big job. Hope it goes well. Nice crop of purple sprouting broccoli.

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