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Peeling Apple tree bark

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 15:18

It looks like it has suddenly found new vigour probably as a result of the pruning.  Have you started feeding the area around the roots recently too?

What is this weed ?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 14:02

They spread by underground runners as well as seed (which last for decades in the ground) so agree with hoiking them out quick!

Dahlias stopped growing!

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:57

Yes, same here when first planted out.  It's always then a race to see whether they pick up before the slugs do too much damage!  Once they get going I find they can take a fair bit of munching without ill effect.

Which weed is this?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:54

Ah, size comparison is always tricky with photos!   There are quite a few things which look similar at that size as you've found when searching!  We'll look forward to seeing how the ones you've potted develop - might be something nice like a cultivated form of verbascum.

wild roses

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:47

No, there will be small larvae (grubs) inside.  The wasps involved are tiny - you wouldn't normally even notice them and they don't sting.

Old cherry tree sudden;y oozing sap

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:45

It is the equivalent of our white blood cells so they exude sap after any kind of damage.  That could be insect damage, borers or (hopefully not) bacterial canker.  If there are any areas of bark which look recessed compared to the surrounding area then the latter is likely.

Which weed is this?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 12:48

The weed top right is ivy leaved speedwell, there are a couple of aquilegia seedlings and I still have my money on foxglove seedlings - they are biennial and look a bit different in their 2nd year.

Which weed is this?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:52

Looks like a young foxglove.

wild roses

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:48

It's called a 'Robin's pincushion' and is a gall caused by a wasp which lays it's eggs on the stem and the grubs release hormones which cause these.  Fairly common on Dog roses.

Last edited: 05 June 2016 11:51:21

Palm Tree

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:40

You could cut all of the lower leaves off to tidy them up.  More drastic is to cut them back to the ground and new ones will appear from the base and take several years to reach that size again.

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