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Posted: 25/06/2015 at 17:48

John Innes No 3. But I have to say that our Jostaberry shrubs are huge. Not sure they would fit in any post unless it too was large, like twice the size Logan reckons.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 17:44

Hard to tell from such a blurred and tiny image, but the flower looks like one of the New Zealand periwinkle relatives. Parahebe species.

Damson leaf blisters

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 12:08

We get that. I think it is the trees reaction to the biting of aphids etc. Personally I ignore it and we still get hundredweight of fruit, most years.

That is, unless, there are yellow spots on the top of the blister and brown spots on the underside of the leaf on the opposite side to the blister. In that case it could be Plum rust. Mind that is not a major problem either as it rarely in Britain damages the tree significantly.

Ribes gordonianum

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:47

Me too. Bit late now, but it is a fast growing shrub so you do still have a little time to do it.

Talkback: Mullein moth

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 17:43

 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.


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.


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.


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