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gooseberries

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 19:06

I was surprised at how many varieties there are when I was looking.  Chris Bowers has a good range.  Of the ones I planted, a hybrid 'worcesterberry' is my favourite - thornless, too - a real boon come picking time!

Could anyone please tell me what this plant is called?

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 18:59

And watch for sawfly - the adults are jet black and lay eggs which turn into hundreds of grey caterpillar like things which can decimate the foliage in just a couple of days:

http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/SolomonsSealSawfly

 

 

vine weevil or alien bugs

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 18:55

Probably Vine weevil pupae - see the photo here:

http://mint.ippc.orst.edu/blackvineid.htm

 

Help with Id's please

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 18:50

Both of those grow from seeds blown in by the wind Lorna.  They're 'weed trees' if you like and have no place in an average garden as they grow into huge great things.

PS: the middle one might be a wild cherry - those usually come from pigeon droppings.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:40

Mice also do this.

William Pear Tree bug eaten?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:39

Without a photo we are both simply speculating, pansyface.

Aquilegias - so plumptious

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 21:13

Same here - perhaps very young ones are more susceptible?  I've a tray full of new babies to prick-out so will be keeping a very close eye on those!

Aquilegias - so plumptious

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:59

I do the same nut.  The foliage is usually a bit tatty after the flowers have finished and when cut off it is replaced by lovely fresh stuff that looks quite attractive in itself.  By the way, have you seen any signs of that awful disease on any of yours yet?  I've a few I'm keeping my eye on but no confirmed sighting yet thank goodness.  Don't know what I'd do without them filling the spring to summer 'gap'.

William Pear Tree bug eaten?

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:31

Hi Sally, yes a photo might help.  There are a few borers which attack fruit trees and they burrow into the twood beneath the bark:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/signs-symptoms-borers-fruit-trees-66042.html

 

Cecidomyiidae

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:26

I know you said they don't seem to be around your houseplants but they do sound like fungus gnats (Sciarid flies.)  As a test, put all of your houseplants outside for a few days and see if the flies disappear from inside the house.  The mismatch in size of the flies that you mentioned makes me think the pest control company may have misidentified them.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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