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tree Id

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 12:13

What Dove is getting at is that if it grew by itself in the garden of whoever gave it to you, it will almost certainly be a wild cherry.  Decorative but can grow big.

tree Id

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:55

Bob, it came out sideways so I've rotated it for you.  I think it's a type of cherry - possibly an edible one as my one year old Stella looks like that right now.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44340.jpg?width=640&height=350&mode=max

Larvae on tomato shoots

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 20:37

Too small to be vine weevil which curl into a C shape when disturbed.  It is  fungus gnat larvae I think.  Google that and you get this image:

 

http://www.carnivorousplants.org/howto/Pests/images/FungusGnatLarvae.jpg

 

RHS advice here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=804

 

vine weevil

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 18:51

Depends on how much foliage it has - too much and what little roots are left will not be able to cope.  If that's the case the answer is to cut the plant back.  If we knew which plant, we could give more specific advice.

Pond almost done!

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 18:40

That looks fantastic, Justin!

Whats eating my Nubia buds

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:33

It is usually snails which cause damage to clematis buds.  They are adept climbers and the best way to catch them is by going out at night armed with a torch.

Tulips

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:01

Hi Fluffy, they really need to be left to die back naturally as the leaves are building up the bulb for next year's flowers.  Once the leaves die back you can lift them.  Many folk (me included) leave them in the ground, but it's best to plant them 6 to 8 inches deep if you do that.  Some folk treat them as annuals and discard them after flowering, especially if planted in pots.  I think that's what you have effectively done, albeit by accident!

There is no one answer to how long they live - I have some that have been in the ground for 30 years and come back every year (plain red and plain yellow ones), but most of the fancy ones I buy rarely do well the following year.

Uploading pictures

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:47

Try clearing 'cookies' in your web browser.  Sometimes doing that this fixes those sorts of issues.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:41

Yes, it can also increase bushiness and so produce more flowers.

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:38
Fishy65 wrote (see)

.Does anyone know of any natural predators for these beetles? (other than birds I suppose).

 

Not in this country (apart from DovesFromAbove ) - red lily beetle is an invader from overseas.  Generally birds won't go for any red insects - it's an evolved warning colour which says "I'm poisonous or taste nasty!"

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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