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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?


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!


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

Plante I.D. Please

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 14:28

I found this one today after removing a huge poppy that had gone mildewed. Has anyone any idea what it is? It is 12 inches (30cm) high.

I thought the grape-like cluster in the middle were fruit at first but on a closer look they actually look like buds.

I can not ever remember seeing such a plant in my garden before.

Last edited: 16 June 2016 14:32:43

plant id

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:55

Just wondering why the picture failed. I'm trying again after cropping it slightly although it looks like you may have had a proper answer from plant pauper.

(lets see if that worked)

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