Some of you may remember the Sock's gabion which, hanging outside her front door and planted with aeoniums and echeverias, draws a lot of amused and admiring comments from passers-by.
The Sock's new greenhouse is now providing winter accommodation for those aeoniums and succulents that were potted or could be lifted from the garden. The gabion clearly needed some attention as fungi was now jostling for position with the echeverias, most of which needed their rotting lower leaves removed to allow air to circulate.
Oh woe and thrice woe! As the Sock started to strip the gabion many of the rosettes came away in her hand and it was VINE WEEVILS!!! The utter bastards had gnawed their way into almost every stem and there were hundreds of them in there!!! You can see them on the photograph below - clic on the pic to enlarge.
Oh look children he's waving bye bye! Bye bye Vlad! Bye bye.....
The Sock stripped the entire basket down and those surviving succulents who had enough stem left after the chomped rot had been cut out will be replanted. The hanging gabion may need to be rethought next year.
There is now another problem. The gabion basket hadn't been treated with vine weevil killer and neither had the aeoniums lifted from the garden. Is it now too late to treat them as the Sock doesn't want a load of vine weevils hatching out in the greenhouse? I'm afraid this is the one time the Sock uses chemicals and they get Provado'd as several attempts with nematodes weren't successful in the past.