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Talkback: Mullein moth

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 17:43

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 One or two caterpillars on the Verbacsum. We only grow them for the moths.

Another one to identify

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 13:59

No worse to handle than any of its cabbage relatives.

white powdery leaves on apple

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 11:38

Without a picture it is not easy to be accurate, but it actually sounds like Mildew. That is caused by dryness at the roots more than anything else. Try spraying with a 9 parts water to 1 part milk solution and giving the tree a really thorough soaking, despite the rain.

Definitely not Silver leaf which as you say does not affect Apple trees. Nor is it due to lack of pruning.

You could prune off the affected new growth if there is no fruit on them. Look up Summer Apple tree pruning on the Interweb thingy.

Apple Tree Caterpillar

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 11:33

You appear to have a bad case of aphids, as far as I can see from the picture. And as Treehugger says, the 'bug' is an aphid eater. Spraying with Provado is not a good idea as it definitely does harm the good guys as well as the baddies.

Bloooo...badger

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 18:32

It is easy to be philosophical about the damage they do when it is one someone else's property. When they have done over £1,000 of damage to your plants then it is a lot harder.

There are 5 sets within a mile of our garden.

Bloooo...badger

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:41

One has dug up a Bees nest and in doing so has destroyed one of my alpine growing areas. I will now have to rebuild ti. Trouble is the surviving bees are milling around in distress. Not even sure how the badger is getting in to the garden. I will have to brave the nettles and brambles of the outside and see if I can find an ingress point and block it off.

They can cull the dratted things round here for me and the sooner the better.

 

Help! What's strangling my aquilegia and a question about lupins?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 14:11

Cut the whole stem of the lupins back to where they emerge from the leaves.

Another plant ID question

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:16

It is Helianthemum rather than Cistus.

Ground cover suppressing weeds

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 12:51

But just remember that no ground cover plant will suppress weeds. They will grow under them and up through. Weeding is much harder too. I have just spent a 'happy' 2 hours lifting up and weeding under Geranium Johnson's Blue to get at the Ragged robin and the Fireweed and the Ash trees which somehow manage to grow underneath in the deepest darkest driest shade.

Rock Plants

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:10

What kind of Saxifrage?

The early flowering porophyllum types need the dead flowers removing from the rosettes, very carefully so you do not pull out the rosettes themselves. The silver Saxifrage types (flowering now with sprays of white or red spotted, occasionally pale yellow flowers) can have the old sprays removed, but the rosette which produced them will die. When it is dry you may carefully take it off, but again be gentle so as not to uproot the new baby rosettes. All other types have the old flowering stems cut back to the point of origin.

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