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Plant ID please

Posted: Yesterday at 18:44

I'd also say it's a tickseed of some kind, maybe Coreopsis lanceolata which is one of the weedy ones.

Edit: I think Nut has it (as usual!)

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:44

I find them all amazing Jo, in fact the whole metamorphosis process is absolutely mind-blowing!

What is '1 tuber'?

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:40

Don't be tempted to split dahlias into separate tubers C3k (just in case you were considering that.)  They only shoot from the remaining part of the stem in the middle.  Tubers separated without part of that stem attached just rot away.  However, in spring when the new shoots appear, you can cut the shoots off and they will usually take root fairly easily, a good way to get more identical plants.

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:33

I think the dark one is White Ermine moth (the thin line down the back is the giveaway.)   Not sure about Mr ginger - possibly Ruby Tiger moth or Sycamore moth.

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 01:49

It's the caterpillar of the Pale Tussock moth (Dasychira pudibunda),both moth and caterpillar are beauties!



Spiders eating my apples

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 13:19

Hi Tracey, Spiders are entirely carniverous so won't be causing the damage but will use the holes to hide in.  The holes are probably being caused by birds or wasps.

Garden Shredders - tough enough ?

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 12:50

Sivad, I find a good way to break-up bagged compost which has been compressed flat because of stacking is to put them on their sides and stamp on them, giving the odd kick with my steel toecapped boots.  Relieves stress, too!

tall hybrid T roses

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 12:32

Some varieties will do that when pruned 'normally'.  "Peace" is one and if pruned hard in March grows rampantly, so I have to remember to only lightly prune that one.  Once done though, it's hard to regain control.  I had some luck by continually pruning it from midsummer onwards through the 'rampant' year and then just gave a light trim in the following March.  This did result in losing a lot of flowers for one year, just something I had to accept.

Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 18:57

Yes, use a good thick stake (oak if you can get one) and a quality adjustable tie as dwarf fruit trees are best staked for their entire lives in windy spots.  There is nothing worse than finding a tree you have nurtured for years being broken by a storm.  That most often happens in the autumn when they are loaded with fruit, too.

Stolen Peas

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 18:49

At least it wasn't an unpleasant peasant, as many of us expected it to be!

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