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JoanG's Journal April 2016

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Aphid infestation on acer

22 April 2016 23:38:26

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Gardening has been in short spurts lately so it was only this afternoon that I noticed growth was well behind on Acer 'Orange Dream' which is in a large pot beside the patio door.  A closer look showed me why ... it was absolutely covered in tiny blackfly, they were all over the emerging leaves and leaf axils and the poor plant was looking really sorry for itself. 

I try not to use chemical sprays in the garden but this was way too much to deal with manually, so dropped everything and straight down to the local garden centre for bug killer.  It's looking better this evening and I do hope it will recover as it's a real favourite plant.  Other plants in pots around it were not affected but I sprayed them anyway as a precaution.  Where do these little so and so's come from!?  In the photos you can see the difference in growth compared to April last year.  Fingers crossed .....

Apeldoorn tulips

21 April 2016 00:14:39

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They come back for many years, bless them!  The single colour ones are actually a true red, a colour which my camera never seems to capture accurately. 

I must remember to plant a few more of them in the autumn. 

Sorry, third photo is sideways, can't fix it. 

Erythronium surprise

21 April 2016 00:06:04

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Four years after planting five bulbs of Erythronium 'White Beauty', and long after I'd given up hope, I spotted two small leaves appearing from one bulb last week and now have two flowers.  

It's a pretty little thing and I suppose even a 20% success rate is to be welcomed. Now just to figure out what to do about the fritillaries planted later in the same spot! 

Tulip pots

11 April 2016 21:39:14

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My experience of tulips in pots is trial and error and I'm still learning.  At first I tried keeping them but flowering the second year was poor if at all, so last autumn I bought new ones in pink/purple/white for five pots on the patio.  In flower now are Synaeda Amor (pink), Spitsbergen (deep pink/purple with white edge) and Diamond Jubilee (a lovely white with thin raspberry pink edging).  Still to come in all the pots is Queen of the Night (deep purple). 

I like the colour combination and will probably try similar for next year with new bulbs, which I know is an indulgence but I do like tulips!  I also have them in two of the borders, mainly Apeldoorns and Darwin Hybrids, which do come back for a number of years. 



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