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Sawfly and willow trees

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 18:33

The adult soloman's seal sawfly is quite attractive - completely black with black wings - reminds me of a stealth fighter.  It's a pity the larvae are so damaging - they make a right mess of my clumps every year.

tulips losing their heads

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 18:46

Pigeons fighting/mating (hard to tell the difference!) around here.

What to do with dead flowers/Tulips/Daffodils

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 22:54

Hi Nick, the leaves will feed the bulb ready for next years flowers.  Bulb flowers are produced almost entirely from the stored goodness in the bulb, so if you cut the leaves off straight after flowering, there will be no flower the next year.

Chris L.

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 22:06

Hi Christine, It depends on how concentrated you have made the comfrey liquid, but usually about 15:1 to 25:1.  However, the simple/foolproof way is to add it to water until the colour is like weak tea (without milk, of course!)  That way you can't go wrong.

I use mine on literally everything and use no other type of feed except fish, blood and bone forked into the soil when planting things.


Posted: 16/05/2013 at 21:57

I have just a couple of asparagus which I grow in a flower border and I love the very fine foliage which acts as a great backdrop for nearby flowers.  I don't get many spears in one go, but enjoy them all the same!  Freshly picked and simply rinsed under the tap, they are superb and much better for you than when cooked.  You need to leave at least  one spear to turn into a full fern (which grow about 4 feet high) to feed the crown for next year.  So, my advice is to grow it as a decorative plant in a border and enjoy a few spears early in the year.

What is this seedling?

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 21:41

Yes, nutcutlet, it does look like a young 'ivy leaved' type of morning glory.

Cutting the top off raspberry canes

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:02

I cut the tops off of mine last year and just shoved them in the ground not expecting anything, but they rooted.

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 00:26

You're not alone, Verdun.  Apart from veg, nearly everything in my garden is a perennial with the majority grown from seed (which can be a bit challenging, but I like that aspect!)  I do grow a few annuals, but mostly for fragrance and to plant-up a few containers and baskets.  To be honest, I'd now struggle to find space to plant out many annuals even if I wanted to, as I'd have to sacrifice some perennials (although I'm now fed-up with a few clumps of Aster novi-belgii which have turned rampant!)

Problem with Bluebells

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 22:01

Fully agree with Dove.  There are Spanish ones in my garden and even though I keep digging them up, they keep appearing elsewhere and I'm seeing fewer and fewer English bluebells coming up, but plenty that look like hybrids.  The Spanish ones are real thugs around here.

plz help

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 21:52

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"my 3yr old crab apple tree is covered in these eggs but no eggs on other fruit trees By steve marie2"

Hi Steve, those are not eggs, but some kind of aphid.  There's some RHS advice on aphids here:

As the tree is probably still quite small, you can probably kill the aphids by spraying with water containing a small amount of washing-up liquid (this will drown them.)  Or use a proprietry insecticide which says it kills aphids on the label, if you prefer.

Have a look to see if there are any ants running about the tree.  Ants 'farm' aphids and feed off the sugary liquid they exude. The ants carry the aphids around the tree to fresh new growth.  If you put a thick ring of vaseline or similar all the way around the trunk of the tree, it should stop the ants climbing up and doing this.

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