Berghill


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Unknown Insect. also Plant ID

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 14:59

The insect is one of the Shield Bugs possibly the Birch shield bug. There are lots of different kinds though.

 

cooking apples

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 21:02

Or get a friendly Sparrow hawk to patrol the garden!

I spent the morning picking about 40 kilos of Katy apples. They have very little bird damage. Having said that we must have put about the same weight on the compost as they fell off because of codlin moth worms in them.

At Croft Castle they had a wonderful model Sparrow hawk dangling over the garden, the gardeners there said that it was most effective. You only need the outline of the hawk, not an accurate representation.

How to prune alpines.

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 09:04

No, that looks perfect to me. Leave them alone. The only maintenance they need is removing any spent flower stalks which you seem to have done.

If you want more Semps then yes you may remove the offsets and pot them up, otherwise let them do their thing.

white crocosmia

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 15:33

Sorry, but Crocosmia come in shades of Red and Orange and Yellow, but not white.

See here.

http://www.thecrocosmiagardens.net/

 

Plant ID please

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 12:21

This is Potentilla Arc etc.


 And this is Potentilla pulvinaris , a tiny species.


As you can see the leaves are very different to Alchemilla.

 

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 20:55

Well I am glad it is well behaved for somone. I spent a happy(not) few hours yesterday excavating seedlings of it from one of our Rockeries.

Agree that it is a nice enough plant.

Alchemilla ellenbeckii is another nice dwarf one too.

So, suckers...

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 20:51

I would try it on one of them first and see what happens. We used Roundup painted on to the leaves. It may take a fair while to deal with all of them and it is better not to do them all at once, that might give the tree a fatal shock.

Obviously avoid getting the stuff on the grass though.

As for the ones in soil, then yes go for the old fashioned method. Find the root where the sucker emerges and rather than cutting it off, try to scoop out the point of origin, say about a tea-spoon depth into the old root. Not easy, I know. You need a good strong sharp knife to do it.

So, suckers...

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 17:55

Actually, you can put weed killer on the suckers without killing the main tree. It takes more than the amount absorbed by a shoot like that to transfer into the main growth. We have done this to the Greengage suckers which kept coming up in our grass and the tree survived (until we had a gale which snapped it off about a metre up)

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 17:51

Possibly Alchemilla alpina and just as much a seed weed as Alchemilla mollis.

Identify a plant

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 14:36

It is a type of Sedge which is similar to grass, but needs a damper soil. Not poisonous, indeed some of the sedges have edibkle seeds

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