Monday 11 May 2015

Nasty Bugs !!!!!!!!!!

Now the edible garden stuff is all on the way its time I diverted my attention to the pretty things in the garden, I guessed something was up
one overwintered fuchsia coming along great
These two were struggling, I have overwintered these fuchsia's and geraniums for years, a few weeks back I was putting the slow growth down to being in a different area, but some plants were fine others were really not doing much, so it was time to tip out the pots and re-pot into fresh compost, on tipping them out as I guessed this is what I found
an you see those white things
here is a close up of them
Vine weevil grubs that is what they are, I went through every pot I had with overwintering plants, Lillie's, Canna's, Geraniums, Fuchsia's, Dahlia's and my Banana plant that was also looking sickly, every pot had the grubs, the afternoon has been spent re-potting everything into fresh compost and every grub has been squashed.
Then I spied this
An adult vine weevil, it got squashed as well.
Vine weevils are nocturnal, the adults crawl up the sides of pots and lay there eggs in the compost, the young hatch out feed on the roots of the plants then pupate and leave the compost head off down the pot in search of a mate and start all over again, vine weevil were in abundance were we lived before and each year I had to treat the pots with pravado, last year with the move they didn't get done hence the problem.
While going through the pots I came across this fella
he was about an inch long, I think he may be a chaffer beetle grub, we had loads of them as well, they use to hatch out in May massive big flying beetles they would bang into things. He went on the bird table for some-ones dinner.

I had another couple of shrubs arrive today
A pair of plaited stem white Oleanders they will be potted up into half barrels to stand each side of the porch.

Other news, the duckling that was hatching out the wrong end of the egg
hatched out, the third one hatched today and the last one is still on its way, you can see the eggs pipping in the photo, so we have 3 and fingers crossed number 4 will be with us for tomorrow.
Mrs hen is still sitting tight on her two eggs.
another 12 days I think and hopefully she will have a couple of chicks.
I bought some Tagetes plants at the week end
They have been planted out either side of the path in the poly tunnel, 
they are suppose to deter green fly, they are not the most pleasant smelling flowers.
Tomatoes are doing well, all the chillies peppers and aubergines have been planted in the poly tunnel, earthed up the potatoes in the poly tunnel, the celery has been planted out side along with the Corn on the cob and some of the squash plants.
Still to go in the poly tunnel, Oca's, Okra, Watermelon, Cantaloupe Melon, cucumber  Courgettes and french beans.


  1. Yay for the duckling!!! Not so yay for the bugs. Glad that you got them all and got the problem sorted though! xx

  2. Ooh... great bug pictures but not what you wanted to find in you plant pots! I hope that you have been able to resolve the problem. Jx

  3. Interesting bug post, you are going to have a huge harvest. Love the trees for your porch.

  4. Brave planting out so early. I won;t yet, I'll leave it another few weeks as we have really late frosts here. Vine weavel is a nightmare! Glad I've not had it here yet.

  5. Yuk. So far I've only come across ants. Don't like the look of those. A neghbour years ago lost their entire lawn to leatherjackets. The crane fly larvae that eat root systems.

  6. We ave cutworm here - they are equally destructive and undesirable, and their eggs are impossible to spot :(

  7. Touch wood & quite frankly I feel like tap dancing on the wooden floor I've never suffered with vine weevil here, I'm glad you found them when you did x


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