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problem raspberries

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:35

That is a Harlequin ladybird larva.  Not the best type to have as they eat other ladybirds when they run out of aphids, but at least they do eat aphids!

PS, the top image is one that is in metamorphosis (ie a pupa) and an adult Harlequin will soon pop-out.

problem raspberries

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 21:23

If you are on a PC, click the little green tree when replying and browse to wherever you have saved the photos on your computer, then click Upload image.  If using an Apple device you need to upload first to a photo site like Picasa and then use the link to the image.


Posted: 15/07/2013 at 21:20

I have clay soil and get this problem.  I fill the cracks with compost to help stop water from running straight down when I need to get the hose out.

More worms

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 21:08

Evolution, waterbutts.  A sphere has the smallest possible surface area for any given volume of earthworm, so they have evolved to 'knot' themselves into as close to this shape as possible to avoid water loss.  They probably plug the entry hole and cover the inner surface with slime to seal it.

problem raspberries

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 21:03

Type "ladybird larvae image" into google - is that what you saw?  If so, excellent news.

The crusty tops could have been caused by aphids which that ladybird larvae are now eating for you.

Lily buds that have gone brown and dried

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 20:54

Something is stressing it or it was stressed at a critical point as a plants first response to difficult conditions is often to drop flowers and concentrate its resources on survival.

I'd check for vine weevil larvae eating the roots as a first step.

Honneysuckle problem

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 20:32

Any deer around your way?

More worms

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 20:11

Earthworms eat dead plant material, mainly by pulling it down from the surface, so you could try providing them with ideal conditions and mulch the surface of your soil with compost. This is actually the essence of the "no dig" system.

Blueberry problems

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 16:39

Sorry to hear about your purse!  Blueberries do need feeding when grown in pots so if you aren't doing that, a good regular feed with an ericaceous plant food should encourage them to flower and set fruit.  If you have a local garden centre, ask them which of the ericaceous feeds they sell would be best for blueberries.  You can buy granular or liquid feeds, but stick to the instructions on whatever type you buy and don't over-feed.

Allium Sphaerocephalon exploded

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 16:01

I agree.  Alliums can occasionally produce bulbils instead of flowers and if these bulbils sprout they'll look just like that.  You can propagate new plants from bulbils, too.

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