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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.

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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.

can you tell what this is?

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:45

They keep together in the centre to keep warm and scatter when disturbed to startle predators (or arachnophobes in this case! )  Just think of all of the thousands of greenfly they will catch and eat in their short lives which would otherwise be damaging your plants! 


Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:41

Could it be getting too hot?  What is the ventilation like?

Cherry blossom tree advice

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:34

The best and cheapest way is to buy a bare-root tree which are available from November to about March.  However, you can buy potted trees which can be planted at any time but are expensive (I would expect them to be £100 upwards) and you want one supplied in at least a 40 litre pot.  Here's an example website where such trees are available:

Weird looking eggs?

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:21

You need to rub them off (suggest wearing gloves) or use something like a nail brush to brush them off.  Pesticides generally don't work on the adults so spraying isn't an option. 

Threadworms in soil?

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:16

They are nematodes of some kind and are generally harmless or even beneficial.  All soil contains nematodes but most are very small so go unnoticed.

Aquilegia plantlings

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:06

Sow them when the seed pods are opening on the ones you are already growing.  This gives them time to establish before they go dormant over winter.  Spring sowing works but you usually have to wait a year before they flower.

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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Thieving rodents 
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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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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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