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Growers or Killers?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 12:23

On that note why do bees and ladybirds insist on trying to drown themselves in our water butts? Seem to spend ages fishing them out almost every day.

 

ID please

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 12:20

A weed is a plant growing in the wrong place. This is a rather nice Erigeron

plant id

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 10:32

It does indeed look like Valeriana. I have V. phu aurea which is very similar in flower, but begins the year with nice yellow foliage.

Growers or Killers?

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 21:15

First year we have really had to go out of our way to deal with the molluscs and we think we have disposed of over 4,000 of them so far. They are even eating plants which we have never seen even the slightest damage on before. Potato haulms have no leaves, nor have the giant yellow Scabious. The Heleniums and Shasta Daisies have gone completely, nothing left at all.

We don't spray with insecticides either, too many bees to take the risk.

I sound like some sort of extreme Buddhist, but it just struck me that's all.

 

Plant ID

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 19:59

Dead easy from seed too.

Growers or Killers?

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 19:57

The dead mole was disposed of, into the field  next to us as a dreadful warning to the hundreds of moles that live there.

Think about it, every time you go out into the garden to pull up weeds, what else is that but killing things?

Every time you spray your plants with insecticide (even if it is organic) you are killing things.

The molluscs were either crushed under foot or cut up with scissors, by the way. Not that it made much difference, the survivors decimated the newly planted vegetables.

Growers or Killers?

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 17:43

Strikes me that despite me claiming to be a grower I spend more time killing plants. Just walked around the garden and I must have pulled up and binned over a hundred growing things.

Ditto wild life. Last night we killed over 500 slugs and snails. Also caught a mole today.

Pricked out a load of seedlings, but there were far too many even for me so they finished up on the compost heap. I mean how many Sedum surculosum luteum does anyone want?

Hemerocallis Gall Midge

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 17:38

Been doing that for the last 10 years and we still get them and no one else round here grows them either. In the end I am slowly but surely removing the plants . What is the point of a load of green leaves with no flowers?

Plant ID

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 17:36

Agree, Francoa

Fascinated by Fasciation

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 17:43

Found one from last year, Much the same this too.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/50964.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 

 

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