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Securing aluminium greenhouse to pressure treated wooden base

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 17:33

A decent store would have someone who could advise you sensibly.

ID please

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 10:34

Thorn apple. Datura stramonium. Rather poisonous too, especially the fruit.

Insect pest of Viburnum Tinus

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 15:43

The only other outdoor pest of Viburnum is the Viburnum aphid which attacks other Viburnum, not normally V. tinus and they have usually done their damage and disappeared by this time of year.

There are black aphids which is what it might be, in which case the insecticide should clear them. However they do not normally do that much damage unless in huge numbers and then they are usually found on the growing tips rather than the underside of the leaves.

Sorry I got it wrong at first.

There are thrips which attack them under cover. There are also scale insects, but they are off white.

Succulents & Sedums

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 15:38

I do. The seeds of Sedum are incredibly tiny. They ideally should be sown in Spring. and they do take a fair while to get to a decent size plant. Better idea would be to find someone with a patch of Sedum and beg a lot of pieces. They root easily.

Insect pest of Viburnum Tinus

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 10:38

Viburnum beetles. Spray with a good insecticide and keep spraying. Try to remove any leaves with pupae on them too.

White rhododendron

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 14:05

Very carefully remove the pink flowering branches at the point of origin, leaving no stump or they will regrow just as vigorously.

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:06

In all the years I have been looking at wild flowers in various parts of England and Wales, I have never seen an Alder Buckthorn, either in flower or in berry. Looking at the images though it would be hard to mix them up with Blackthorn (Sloe).

Muscari dilemma

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 11:59

They need the leaves to feed the bulb so I would not recommend cutting them off. All I would do is to top up the pot with compost. The bulbs will not care about being buried deeper. In fact they probably will do better. Then plant your pansies over the top as before.

Erigeron karvinskianus

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 17:45

This is a plant once, weed out forever plant, do be warned, it seeds all over the place. Don't understand why it is so expensive in the Garden Centres either when it is so easy to grow.

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 12:56

Those are Damsons, or possibly a wild plum/Bullace. Certainly not a sloe. Usable in alcohol either way.

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Silly question of the day!

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Posting removal

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Garden Pictures 2015

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First Hellebore!

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Olearia x haastii

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