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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:06

Raining cats and dogs tends to damage the tarmac a bit too.  I think it's the teeth that do it.

Peach tree leaf curl

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:04

No peaches this year for me either.  I think it was too cold when it blossomed so there were no pollinating insects about.

Help with identifying disease

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:01

Looks like "shot hole":

sticky white stuff on branches

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:00

Can you post a photo Lynn?  If not, have a look at wooly aphid:

However, if it looks bubbly, it might be "cuckoo spit" which is harmless:

ID please

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 14:10

Could they be Libertia, Dove?


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 13:19

It looks like this:

But you might not see it on some phones or tablets, in which case try loading Chrome onto it as your web browser.

Plant ID please

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 12:19

Incarvillea delavayi I think.  Or maybe not - leaves don't look quite right now I've zoomed in and no anthers on gloxina.  Sorry!

Last edited: 12 June 2016 12:21:19


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:48

Hi Nita, you can let them grow as high as you want them, then pinch out the tip and let two sideshoots  trail back down to the ground.  Advice from the RHS:

Is this clematis wilt?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:43

I think stems being damaged further down is far more common.  Snails in particular like to graze on the surface of stems and this causes growth above to die off.  Having said that, those leaves do look like they have a fungal infection of some sort so I would cut any affected ones back to just above a leaf joint a few inches below the damage.  If the remaining leaves continue to die, I take the whole stem out to just below ground level.  I'm not an expert and the above is just what I do myself.

young bugs ? ?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:34

Dove   I shudder whenever I see a leaf with a notch eaten out of it!

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