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Jo Christoforides's forum posts

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Re: Re: Sedum not performing this year.

from Jo Christoforides

Hi Candy,
Thanks for the interest.
The culprit - Vine Weevil!
Eliminated and Sedum doing well this season.
Jo X

  • Posted: Thu. 30th April 2015 10:08

Earliest spring flowers for large wooden planter.

from Jo Christoforides

Hi, I want to fill a large wooden planter with early/mid sping flowering plants - mostly bulbs I guess (a novice, you can tell can't you). While I realise that to achieve this, I need to start soon, does anyone have any suggestions for attractive planting that will see me though the autumn and winter as I don't really want a bare, soil filled container outside my window for the next 6 months while the bulbs do what bulbs do! I've been carrying out some research but I'm paralysed by the apparent number of options! Thanks so much. Jo.

  • Posted: Sat. 17th August 2013 11:21
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Re: Re: Do Viburnum Leaf Beetles attack Buddleia plants too?

from Jo Christoforides

Carol, thank you. I found the ladybird larva in a book moments after posting on Shoot and couldn't believe that I thought this was a "bad guy". Glad that I was restrained enough not to spray these on sight. VLB is the new No.1 pest on the RHS list I believe and though one of my three Viburnum bushes is infected, the other two remain healthy as far as I can see. Am going to clip away all damaged foliage and spray profusely to kill the larvae before they turn into the adult beetle. Just hope that I'm in time. Jo.

  • Posted: Fri. 21st June 2013 20:54

Do Viburnum Leaf Beetles attack Buddleia plants too?

from Jo Christoforides

My Viburnum has been decimated this year for the first time by VLB and upon searching to identify the culprit initially, I have found images of both larvae and adults. In addition, my buddleia has been attacked by greenfly/aphids and I have spotted a beetle type creature on its leaves seemingly eating the aphids! It looks a lot like the picture of the VLB in the adult stage but I assume it's a different insect altogether and that this one might actually be beneficial. Can anyone help please? Image 1 my insect on buddleia, image 2 VLB and larva.

  • Posted: Tue. 18th June 2013 12:52
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Re: Re: Sedum not performing this year.

from Jo Christoforides

Hi Elaine,
Well, maybe I'm over watering. This year I've suddenly become much more interested and am taking more care of my plants as a result. Perhaps I'm lavishing too much love in the form of every day watering? What puzzles me is that the other Sedum is getting the same treatment but still looks great. You might be onto something though, as we have quite a clay rich soil here. I'm going to stop watering and I'll see what happens. Thanks for your time and interest. Jo.

  • Posted: Mon. 10th June 2013 14:17

Sedum not performing this year.

from Jo Christoforides

My Sedum has performed exceptionally well for three years. This year I noticed that it wasn't keeping pace with my second Sedum, planted at the same time in a neighbouring bed. Now it has a distinctly pink tinge and upon parting the stems, I see activity of an unprecedented scale - many insects but most obvious, woodlice. As a novice, I can only guess that something serious has occurred and that it's not good! Help please. Is this plant still salvageable? Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read this.

  • Posted: Mon. 10th June 2013 10:42
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Honeysuckle losing the will to live?

from Jo Christoforides

I'm a very new gardener with a starting point of zero knowledge. I wonder therefore whether anyone can help? We have had a beautiful honeysuckle with mid to late summer yellow flowers of unidentified type (though common I think - I just can't quite decide what it is), which has been growing vigorously on the west side of our garden for six years. This morning I glanced at it and was shocked to see that it is failing. Its usually dense foliage is now sparse from inside out, so last season's leaves have dropped off old wood and new growth is wilting severely. Could the very wet winter have damaged this plant? Our soil is silty clay loam I think, though I've not tested extensively. We live on the edge of the Somerset Levels but don't benefit from the luxurious, peaty soil of some areas close by. I don't want to lose this plant just as I am becoming more aware of what is in fact growing in my garden. Any help and advice would be very gratefully taken on board. Thank you.

  • Posted: Tue. 12th March 2013 11:41
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