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Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:57

Or possibly some sort of basil?  Rub a leaf - all basils have distinctive smells.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 20:55

I'm not sure it's a beetle at all - the definition is that they have wing cases covering the wings, but these wings look like they are on the outside.  Also the eyes are rather large, suggesting a wasp, bee or fly of some kind.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 19:07

That won't normally work MadBartman - runners will die if detached from the mother plant before they have developed their own roots.  Is there any way you could build something to raise small pots up to the same level as the plants?  Even using duct tape to attach the pots to the side of the tower might work.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 18:07

Fill small pots with compost and peg the nodes (ie the bits with leaves) of the runners down into the pots.  Leave the runners attached to the mother plant until they have rooted well into the small pots (you should see roots coming through the holes at the bottom.)


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 15:32

The last photo shows some kind o bracket fungus growing on the tree.  These fungi attack the heartwood and indicate this is rotten.  The tree won't recover, unfortunately, and could become dangerous as the wood has now lost all of its strength. I'd advise that you have this tree felled as soon as possible to avoid possible injuries as branches could fall off at any time.  The good news is that it won't spread to the other tree.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 23:25

Blackcurrents and raspberries often come as 'bare roots' and Autumn would be good for those, as nut says.  Blueberries usually come potted so can be planted at any time that the soil isn't frozen.  Bear in mind that blueberries need acid soil which doesn't dry out - if your soil isn't naturally like that, it's far easier to grow them in large pots of ericaceous compost than it is to try and change the soil in the area where you want to grow them.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 18:28

Monty's isn't doing very well either as he mentioned in Friday's GW programme, so you're not alone!  Mine grows in a flower border and did OK this year, but I grow them more for the foliage and only take half a dozen or so spears from each plant.  They're about 25-30 years old.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 18:26

Can't see the pic, Ian - try using the little green tree icon to upload.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 16:45

Could be either, Picksy.  Male cats will often leave scent by spraying prominent plants.  I would make sure you keep them regularly watered for the rest of the year and hope they recover.  The acer sounds as though it dried-out though and may not recover, unfortunately.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 16:38

It's a Birch shield bug, Emma.

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