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Plant ID please

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 11:51

That one is also known as 'Spanish dagger'! 

Plant ID please

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 11:42

Lena, it's a Yucca.  If the tips are sharp and painful, it is probably Yucca aloifolia (not a good houseplant unless you have more eyes than you need!), if the tips of the leaves are soft, it is likely Yucca elephantipes (aka spineless yucca) which is the most common one.

problem weed - help please

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:15

Looks like Coltsfoot to me.

Greenhouse nibblers!

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:10

I had the tops nipped-off of about half my toms and pepper seedlings last year - by mice!

Stop Plenifora

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 16:54

Funnily enough I've spent most of today digging up a stand of Kerria japonica.  It grows from horizontal roots which occasionally send up a stem.  It wasn't particularly deep rooted but the roots were quite brittle, so often broke while pulling them out.  I loosened the soil all over the area with a fork and then pulled the roots out.  I then dug the area over and removed all of the bits I had missed.  I'll be treating any shoots which come up in the future with glyphosate weedkiller which should finish it off.

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 15:46

Hi all, just spotted the first Red Lily Beetles in my garden, on Madonna lilies (Lilium candidum.)

Duly caught and squashed!

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 15:28

Thanks NM.  I've been treated to pairs of Peacock butterflies mating this afternoon.  They fly in a tight circle around each other and shoot upwards together like that to what I estimate to be about 60-100 feet - wish I had a good video camera!

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 12:19

It worked!

Tortoiseshell (couldn't get very close to this one):

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/71992.jpg?width=252&height=350&mode=max

 Peacock:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/71993.jpg?width=261&height=350&mode=max

 Peacock feeding on forget-me-not:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/71994.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Hopefully, all will zoom ok when clicked.

Just built a green house.

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 12:05

Cucumbers germinate quickly - I started mine last weekend in a heated propagator and they germinated in 3 days.  One seed in each 3" pot, covered with a plastic bag and put on a sunny windowsill is equally good.  Many garden centres will have them for sale as plants now, too.

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 10:41

Just seen a Brimstone here.   One or two either Red admiral or Peacock - they shot off before I could get close enough, but keeping my camera handy today.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 607
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

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 
Replies: 6    Views: 611
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1070
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 
Replies: 10    Views: 1043
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
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