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Dragonfly ID

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 21:32

Brown Hawker I think fidget.

Lovely photos of it too!

Roses being eaten alive.

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 19:44

I think we are going to need some photos of the flies and damage to have any chance of identifying the problem, Brenda.

Buddleia growing in a wall!

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 19:14

SBK brushwood killer will do the trick.

unknown tree

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 19:53

The way the topmost leaf is 'unrolling' makes me pretty sure it's a magnolia.  I don't know any other tree which grows that way.


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 19:17

Once the webs form on the tips of the plants, a red spider mite infestation has reached serious proportions.  The cucumber is finished so get rid of it.  Remove any webbing from other plants in your greenhouse and spray everything (especially the undersides of all leaves) with SB Plant Invigorator.  This sort of glues the mites (which are resistant to nearly all known pesticides) in place and they die. The SB is also a foliar feed which will help plants recover.  Repeat two or three times before introducing the spider mite predator.  The above is the only way to clear them which I can personally vouch for.

In future years, keep a close eye on the plants as spider mite will over-winter in your greenhouse cracks and crevices.  Regularly spraying the inside of the GH with a fine mist of water will help as they don't proliferate so fast in humid conditions.

Can anyone help identify these two fruit trees?

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 19:03

Your pear tree will be a 'family' tree with two (and possibly three) types grafted onto it.  With some types of grafting (eg bud grafting) it's almost impossible to see where the nursery made the grafts once it is several years old.  It's difficult to identify apple varieties but, if it's any help, my Cox's Orange Pippin fruits look identical to yours at the moment.

What is this plant ?

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:13

And worth about 10x plus what a delphinium costs so you did very well!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:07

Just been out and harvested a kilo of large juicy blueberries.

Ealier picked potatoes, romanesco, baby carrots, broad, french and runner beans to go with roast beef for dinner.

All the effort earlier in year is beginning to show the benefits! 

'But they said anyone can grow this plant!'

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 19:02

Japanese anemone and Lily of the valley.  Both renowned as being invasive but just turn into compost for me!

Last edited: 29 July 2016 19:04:02

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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