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Posted: 09/05/2015 at 07:13

I filled it in earlier.

Rose sawfly

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 21:31

My neighbour has recently had a pretty bad attack of rose sawfly and now it's spread into my garden.

I have a run of climbing rose about 25 feet long and several shrubs dotted about the borders in my back garden.  All are showing signs with severely rolled leaves.   I don't like to use chemicals and have picked off all the affected leaves.   However they are looking pretty bare after this.   I've also sprayed with garlic barrier spray.

Couple of questions, what can I do to stop it spreading to my terrace (about 30 yards away) and my front garden (about 40 years away) plus how can I reinvigorate the large plants I've pretty much denuded.

Thank you.





Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:42

Foe!   It's sawfly.   I strip the leaves with them on a pop on the bird feed area.


Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 00:43

Hmm, to me the leaves don't look like they have spines but have may have been chewed.   Given the description and look they do seem similar to Tuberose.   From 5 'bulbs' I have only one with a flowerhead. Leaves are floppy but the stems, if you can get them to emerge, are pretty stiff.   


May be way off the mark though.


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 23:03

I adore mine.   It's just losing it's old leaves now, fresh glossy ones coming on, along with the flowers.   Smells divine and the bees like it.

Mine is about 6 years old and roughly 7' x 5'.   It's in a tiny pot - stupidly I didn't think about the longer term.   But I feed it frequently and water well.   When I move I shall repot it or plant in the ground.

Much prefer it to standard jasmines.



The Curse of the Rampant Weed.

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 18:46

Sadly it's horsetail.   Lots of threads on here about it.   

It's one of the oldest plants on the planet so I find it fascinating, but it is a proper bugger.

Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:21

Phlomis?   Have to keep and eye on it spreading too much though.

Best place to buy Dahlias online?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 10:12 but the order book is closed for this year. 

Sarah Raven is good - decent sized tubers.

there are a couple of specialist nurseries too but I can't find the links at the moment.   Will post when I do.

Growing from seed is easy, but it's really hard to get hold of named varieties.


Plant ID

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:18

The first is a fritillary, one of my faves, I just leave them be, allow them to self seed and soon you'll have a colony.   Do watch out for lily beetles though, mine have been decimated this year as I was away for a week - subsequently squished more than 20!

Can't help on 2 as eyes not good enough.


3 might be aramis but really not sure.


Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 21:24
nutcutlet wrote (see)

The leaves look a bit wide and light coloured to me Auntiemaud.


didn't realise I could click and enlarge pictures  - Yes, you are correct Nutcutlet.    Mine are very vigorous but on seeing the pics up close I don't think that's what they are.   Apologies for getting it wrong.


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