BobTheGardener


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wild roses

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:48

It's called a 'Robin's pincushion' and is a gall caused by a wasp which lays it's eggs on the stem and the grubs release hormones which cause these.  Fairly common on Dog roses.


http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/bedeguar-gall-wasp

Last edited: 05 June 2016 11:51:21

Palm Tree

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:40

You could cut all of the lower leaves off to tidy them up.  More drastic is to cut them back to the ground and new ones will appear from the base and take several years to reach that size again.

What is this?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:37

It's chickweed, spread by seeds.

Aphids!

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 10:36

Yes, aphids.  If left unchecked they will damage the leaves.  Try blasting them off using a spray attachment to your hose or alternatively mix a couple of drops of washing up liquid with water into a hand sprayer which will drown them.  No need to throw any plants away.

Novice gardener with pest issues

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 15:36

The ants are 'farming' the aphids for their sugary excretions and carrying them to vulnerable fresh new leaves.  Get a grease band to wrap around the trunk which will prevent the ants climbing up it.  Try using a spray attachment on a hose to blast off the existing aphids.

These are Greenfly on my blueberry right?

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 14:00

Yes, definitely aphids.  Try blasting them off with the hose unless your blueberries have flowers or developing fruit which may be damaged by a jet of water.  Alternatively, use a hand spray with a couple of drops of washing-up liquid in water - this will drown them.  Don't be tempted to use any commercial pesticide sprays on edible crops.  If left they will damage the young growth which is what will be providing your fruit next year so they do need removing.

Identification

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 12:51

Yes, lots of non-variegated types available.  I agree and don't grow many variegated things apart from Euonymus "Emerald 'n' Gold" which stays small and I have dotted around to brighten up the garden in winter.

Last edited: 04 June 2016 12:52:25

What is this lovely tree?!

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 12:44

I think it's Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia.)

identify a plant

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 12:27

There are other holboellias which may also fit the bill.  Not a common plant and are sometimes known as 'sausage vines'.  Have a look at some google images, especially if you can remember what the flowers looked like.

identify a plant

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:58

a) may be Holboellia latifolia as it look like the leathery leaves are in groups of 3.

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