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Strange insects

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 14:57

They look like sawflies but couldn't tell you which one.

Edit: spot-on Alan:

Last edited: 09 September 2017 15:01:15

plum moth..and other things

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 12:59

I agree with Borderline's and Iain's comments.  One thing you can do to help reduce insect problems next year is to remove all fallen fruit and leaves from the ground beneath the trees after all the leaves have fallen.  The reason is that the larvae will come out of the leaves and fruit and then pupate in the leaf litter and surface of the soil, so once clear give the surface a good hoeing a couple of times over a week and let the birds get in there to feed on any pupae which you will have uncovered.  Then lay a good layer (at least a couple of inches thick) of well-rotted manure on the surface which will also feed the trees for next year.

Last edited: 09 September 2017 13:00:17

Globe Artichokes

Posted: 09/09/2017 at 11:42

They are very large plants and mine have 2 main stems about an inch and a half in diameter and 5ft tall.  The flowers are very heavy too, so a square container of 50x50cm minimum to prevent being blown over would be needed IMO.

Strange plant!

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 20:38

It might be Solidago canadensis (goldenrod) but was sown too late to flower this year.

Last edited: 07 September 2017 20:39:40

Gooseberry moving

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 18:40

You should be fine to move them any time after all the leaves have dropped.  They are relatively young at 3yo so will soon recover but do make sure to move them with as large a rootball as you can manage.  If you find any roots which you can't remove then cut them cleanly rather than letting them tear.

Potato blight?

Posted: 05/09/2017 at 15:17

Dig them up now and you might be lucky enough to harvest them before the bight can travel all the way down to the tubers, in which case they will store OK.

Can anyone identify these please

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 19:23

1) looks like Alkanet

2) is Coltsfoot, I think

3) is an Allium, probably Moly (keep)

4) Looks like Hogweed

Can you identify? Possibly perennials

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 18:57

Asters are very late flowerers and yours look like they are about to bloom.  They will continue until the first frost though.

Can you identify? Possibly perennials

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 15:27

Probably Callistephus chinensis

Can you identify? Possibly perennials

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 15:19

The first photo may be asters.

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