Birdy13


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Apple tree pest

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 17:28

I must have had a 'senior month' in May (as opposed to a senior moment)   Took my eye off the ball this year.


I have actually had the pheromone traps in my greenhouse, waiting for the right month (which I think is May)... and then I forgot to set them up on the trees.


GGRRrrr!! 


it's obviously too late for those now but I still wonder if there is some sort of spray for the fruit that will catch the grubs as they emerge.


I like the idea of bringing in the bluetit brigade and shall put some fat balls out for them on the trees.

Apple tree pest

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 11:04

I have discovered bore holes in my James Grieve eating apple in spite of spraying earlier this year (just before bud burst).


The holes are about 2.5mm across



Inside it looks like a moth grub...



I shall obviously remove affected fruit as I find it but I am wondering whether there is anything else,I can do - eg with sprays - to 'catch' (ie destroy) these grubs before they become moths themselves?


(I presume they are moth grubs?)

Apple tree pest

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 11:04

I have discovered bore holes in my James Grieve eating apple in spite of spraying earlier this year (just before bud burst).


The holes are about 2.5mm across



Inside it looks like a moth grub...



I shall obviously remove affected fruit as I find it but I am wondering whether there is anything else,I can do - eg with sprays - to 'catch' (ie destroy) these grubs before they become moths themselves?


(I presume they are moth grubs?)

Cistus pulverulentus (sunset)

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 10:40

I wondered last year (2015) why my cistus was not flowering so well. It had put on a lot more healthy leaf growth and increased its stature generally but few flowers. (Sorry - no photo)


Then I realised (or surmised) this year that maybe that was the problem: it had become quite bushy and crowded but was threatening to become leggy as the lower leaves were dropping away and upper and outer growth was thick - and still no flower buds.


About 3 weeks ago I got the secateurs and started pruning it like you do most plants - clearing the centre to bring in air and light and then judiciously taking out the excess side branches to favour the best shaped ones. I ended up With quite a pleasing, slightly oriental shape. 


Here it is today... 



I'm quite happy with that.


 

Large Fungus I.D. please

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 22:01

Perhaps I should offer them to a local restaurant? 


Large Fungus I.D. please

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:55

Are there any experts on fungi out there who can identify these magnificent fungi that I found growing together in my south facing lawn?





To give a sense of scale the width of the fungi left to right across the picture is a bit more than the length of a housebrick. I should think they are each about 6inches across the diameter.


I found them growing to the south east of my silver birch tree but still under its canopy.

Plante I.D. Please

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 16:26

I do recall now we had one or two alliums around that part of the garden a few years ago, and the growth of this plant was stunted somewhat by the huge poppy that was growing over it.


Having said that, I have googled tradescantia and some of the images do seem to correspond with my plant. So do the leaves on some of the images.


I'll have to watch and wait.well that's OK. Thanks Bob and Nut for your responses.

Plante I.D. Please

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 15:22

Thanks Bob - probably worth keeping then.


It is possibly not in the right place for what else is around it. Do they move well? I was thinking now - or do you think I should wait until it has flowered and done its stuff for the year?

Strawberries

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 14:57

You're right that they have quite a subtle taste compared with the best of the shop bought ones but you're also right that the worst of shop bought are like cucumber without the benefit of tasting like cucumber!

Strawberries

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 14:46

My garden seems to informing me it's the year for wild strawberries.




I remember hearing on on of the Radio 4 gardening programs that wild strawberries always have the best flavour.



They were right!

Last edited: 16 June 2016 14:48:28

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