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we have planted sea holly for the first time. the problem we have is that the flower heads are covered in blue bottles. has anyone got any ideas. thanks



How extraordinary - I've grown these plants for years and never had a problem with bluebottles on the flowers. Has something been spilt or dropped onto them, like fruit juice or wine or something?

9 Aug, 2010


Very odd, like Bamboo we've grown for years and never had that problem. I wonder if something has died at the base of the plant...

9 Aug, 2010


I haven't noticed myself but apparently they have a rather unpleasant aroma.This would be what attracts the flies and bluebottles.Fortunately they are pollinating just as bees and butterflies do :)

9 Aug, 2010


Yes but then you'd think we'd all notice flies on these flowers, and we don't. Its not as if London doesn't have bluebottles, lol!

9 Aug, 2010


I have noticed flies but not the smell.Maybe it depends what other delicacies there are to land on lol :)

9 Aug, 2010


I suppose that you are not going to get too near to smell them, are you?

9 Aug, 2010

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