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Creature ID

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 11:23

Toads walk, frogs hop!

What's this on my Aster leaves?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:24

Leaf miner. The insect lives inside the leaves so it is very difficult to remove. Unsightly rather than injurious. Cut off the leaves if they offend you.

Last edited: 23 June 2016 16:24:33

Pruning flamingo willow

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 11:33

Bit late now, but as long as the branches are alive pruning back should stimulate new growth nearer to the trunk. You will probably lose the catkins, but it is not really grown for that. Try feeding it after pruning as well, with a high nitrogen fertiliser to stimulate leaf growth.

Japanese anenome under new turf

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 21:06

Good luck with it. Like Yviestevie I have been battling Japanese anemone for getting on for 20 years now and still it comes up.

A pink Geum like Totally Tangerine?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 20:28

Geum Bell Bank, has been around for a long time. It is not as tall as Totally Tangerine though.

What is this please?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 14:03

It is a Lantana

The original scientific name of Lantana horrida refers to the strong smell of the leaves that can affect sensitive persons. Thankfully, botanist August von Hayek re-named it Lantana urticoides, calling upon its resemblance with nettles (the Urtica family) in this new name; urticoides just means “like a nettle”.

Not sure that it is frost hardy enough for most of Britain as a perennial.

Border perennials

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 10:45

Lavender does not like shade. It likes it hot!


Posted: 21/06/2016 at 10:44

Never tried them in pots, think almost everything hardy is better in the soil. They do make quire big spreads eventually. They need pruning in very early Spring, I cut ours almost to the ground in February/March, if I remember.

Tree/Leaf infection

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 10:42

Since the galls do the plant no harm and the insects are inside the leaf and the damage is already done, there is not a lot you can do, except to remove the affected leaves. Personally I just ignore them.


Posted: 21/06/2016 at 10:39

Dead east in well drained soil. In fact too easy, It suckers all over the place if suited.

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