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Caterpillars

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:14

The bottom one is the caterpillar of the Great White butterfly, common on brassicas.  First one is a bit out of focus so tricky, but probably a moth caterpillar?

Sparrows!

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:00

Hi goldfinch, wrens are much smaller than house sparrows which are about the same size as bullfinches, but less colourful.  The male is a bit more striking, but still mainly brown.  You can tell a wren by its short sticking-up tail. This is quite a nice site for identifying common British birds:

http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/

The house sparrow used to be extremely common but has been in decline for the last few decades and has gone completely from some areas.

Ants on rose - why?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:43

Sara, they follow the hormone trails of each other so there may have been aphids on it which are now gone, but the ants will just keep following the trail for a while.  I saw a nature program where some (Army ants I think) broke of from the main trail and formed a circle - they eventually died of starvation.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:38

Star at the minute is this viticella clematis Purpurea Plena Elegans - I cut this one completely down to the ground every year.  All of those dahlias were grown from seed this year - lovely cheery things.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30941.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

Help identifying this weed, please?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:04

I think the orange one may be our only native orange-flowered plant.  The way the orange one propagates itself by underground runners means it can quickly become a pest.  I manage to keep it under control though (just.) 

Plum tree

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 19:18

It's a tad too late to prune it this year in my opinion as you risk Silver leaf disease, Derrick.  You also need to let it establish so I would have left it unpruned this year anyway.  Here's a link to pruning fan-trained trees (including plums) from the RHS:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=625

 

clematis in need of identification

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 19:13

Have a couple of those too, waterbutts - Group 2 but another 'good doer'  

clematis in need of identification

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 18:25

My Polish Spirit only has 4 petals, chicky.  The number is variable with most clematis.  

BTW, ever tried real Polish spirit?  Not a beverage for the faint-hearted (It'll strip varnish, too!)

Where would i get one of these

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 18:22

Google "3 tine cultivator uk" - there are one or two long-handled ones which might be suitable - ones by Wilkinson Sword and Spear & Jackson for example.

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 15:23

If you look it up at the RHS site, it classifies it as an aquatic or herbaceous perennial, so I would think it needs a lot of water - boggy conditions would seem ideal.  Ground near walls tends to get quite dry so perhaps that isn't the best place for it?

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