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Cuckoo spit on my bush

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 17:38

Cuckoo spit is the home of a larval stage of the frog hopper insect, harmless.

The ants are 'milking' the aphids for the honeydew which they secrete. Wash off the aphids with a strong jet of water and use an Ant killer powder on the ants nest.

Ash saplings in hedge

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 10:42

Great idea, I used the specialist ones for tensioning wire in fencing. Greater leverage.

Re Plantings from pots to garden

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 12:34

Water well afterwards as it does take a while for the roots to leave the old compost and venture out into the wide world beyond. and very often the foliage keeps any rain off the roots, so even if it ever rains they plants could still be dry.

June Drop

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 08:44

I just mow over the applets so they get picked up by the machine,saves a lot of bending!

help with unusual plant identification

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:55

Agree, Morina longifolia. Nice, but collecting the seeds is painful!

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 21:22

I answered an id question and (for once)got the Buddleja correct. (Silver Anniversary) Then remembered  buying one. It took me two hours of searching to find it in the garden. Does that count as plantaholicism?

PS. Hate Velcro any way.

plant id please

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:06

We make a really nice Quince Jelly from these. Wait until they are properly ripe (when they turn yellow,end of August here. Ripe when they smell really nice).

Slice them up and boil them Strain the cooked fruit and then use 1lb of sugar to a 1 pint of liquid. Gorgeous. Had some on my toast this morning.

Old "Compost heap" / Leaves - What to do?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 12:44

I would imagine that the decomposed material will be fantastic stuff.

If the grass has just turned to slime, then do not despair, dig a trench across an area where you want to cultivate and bury the 'slime' and cover over with soil. It will soon be incorporated into the soil by good old worms and bacteria.

Our 'non-compost' heap is used about every 5 years and the stuff in there is really good despite being made up of all sorts of roots and such like which cannot go on the heap proper.

Length of time means little.

Bearded Iris

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 20:36

Well, as I said, it is a new one on me. Some of ours only have one big rhizome and rarely make new ones and they flower each year.

Discussions started by Berghill

Slup pellets

 
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Iris sibirica

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Fascinating discovery

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How very frustrating.......

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More work!

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Silly question of the day!

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Ptilostemon afer

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Bearded Iris

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Bloooo...badger

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Nectaroscordum siculum

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Chlorotic leaves

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Camassia changing colour

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Health and Safety

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Posting removal

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Garden Pictures 2015

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