The citrus trees have had a wonderful summer out of doors, but I’m keeping an eye on the forecast and will soon bring them into the kitchen conservatory for the winter. Before I do so I’ve got the laborious but worthwhile task of checking under the leaves for signs of scale insect – little brown capsules usually (but not always) along central rib of leaf. A cotton wool bud dipped in methylated spirits does the job. The conservatory is a bit warm and dry for their taste, but I do stand them on a gravel-filled tray and spritz them frequently with rain water. I will reduce watering as the temperature drops and feed them with a specially formulated winter feed about once every six weeks.
One for the Diary
Sat 19.04.2014 - Sat 19.04.2014
Plant exhibition and sale @ Woottens Plants, Blackheath, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9HD
The late and much lamented plantsmen, Michael Loftus, built a collection of over 400 varieties of auriculas over 12 years and his team at Woottens... read more...
Tue 29.04.2014 - Tue 29.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead, Kent ME18 5HA
29th April 10am-3pm Event Category: Open Garden & Plant Fair Description: Gardening for Disabled Trust gives grants to help individuals continue gardening despite disability. Its... read more...
Fri 02.05.2014 - Sat 03.05.2014
Herb Farm Open Days @ Jekka’s Herb Farm, Rose Cottage, Shellards Lane, Alveston, South Glos. BS35 3SY
Dates: 2nd-3rd May, 30th-31st May, 27th-28th June, 13th July (NGS), 25th-26th July, 3rd August (NGS) read more...