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Weed identification if poss please...

Posted: Yesterday at 22:28

And it's difficult to distinguish it from some of the cultivated types of Potentilla.  I had a nice red one and was happy when I thought it had self seeded.  Until the 'self seeded' ones were yellow... and spread and spread!

What month do gardens grow the most?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:20

Agree with nut but if you mean when is general growth the strongest, then it's probably May.  Turn your back and it's weed city!

Id please?

Posted: Yesterday at 21:59

The first one looks very much like an oriental poppy, which are perennial.

The second is probably a raspberry - they are well known for not staying in one place!

Bee hive

Posted: Yesterday at 21:08

I had the same happen a year or 3 back Baza.  I thought it was quite nice having a nest of pollinators in the garden.

taming a philadelphus

Posted: Yesterday at 15:36

I take one in three of the oldest stems out right back to the base each year on mine to keep it under control.

What is this plant please?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:40

Looks like a young viburnum to me but not sure which one.

Plant identification help!

Posted: Yesterday at 13:38

Looks like sarcococca (sweet box) and the damage is a classic case of adult vine weevil unfortunately, Helen.  I would invest in some vine weevil nematodes and water them in to that area.


Posted: Yesterday at 11:49

If black, they sound like lesser stag beetles which can fly (just!) to get to high places where they can waft their pheromones in the wind to attact a mate.  They lay eggs in rotting wood which the larvae spend several years inside before emerging as adult beetles which then mate and start the cycle again.  Like most beetles, they are a gardeners friend.

Do they look like this?

Last edited: 21 May 2017 11:50:51

Can anyone help identify what this is please?

Posted: Yesterday at 11:30

Interestingly, ants are involved in spreading the seeds which are coated in a sugary substance which they love.

What plant is this and what's happened to it?

Posted: Yesterday at 11:23

Derek, it's privet and may have lost its leaves at that end due to being more exposed to cold wind over the winter.  I can see plenty of new shoots so think it will be fine.  However, it looks as though that section is being shadowed by the top which is overhanging it, so would trim the top back.

Ideally, a hedge should be wider at the bottom than at the top in a sort of "A" shape so bear that in mind when you trim it in the future.  Doing that allows light get to all of it and helps prevent the lower sections becoming thin on leaves.

Last edited: 21 May 2017 11:24:17

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