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Posted: 25/05/2017 at 18:42

Some do naturally have white markings but we'll need a photo to confirm.

Can anyone help?

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 21:48

They are scale insects and the white fluff showing means they have eggs hatching so scrape them off quick!  While adult scale insects don't move, the young nymphs are mobile and will climb all over the tree, settle down and you will end up with them all over it.  They suck the sap directly from the branches.

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turf laying

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 21:52

Lester, you need to wait about 6 weeks after spraying ground elder before removing dead foliage or the glyphosate will not reach all of the roots, which is what you need to kill.  Tell them that it is one of the worst weeds and if you don't treat it properly it will come back and ruin the new lawn.  Some ground elder usually reappears even after spraying and waiting 6 weeks so you will very likely have to spray it again.  By the time you are sure it is all gone it will be getting on for September and a good time to lay turf.  Good luck in your battle!

Pests! Candyfloss under mint leaves?!

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 21:34

I can't see it clearly but it might be a froghopper:

Pests! Candyfloss under mint leaves?!

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 18:17

You'll find a small caterpillar inside the 'floss', probably that of a tortrix moth.

Greenhouse roof

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 21:31

My experience is similar to scroggins and I have also never seen one like that.

How about getting hold of more clips and using 8 per pane, 4 each side, on the lowest panes?

Weed identification if poss please...

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 22:28

And it's difficult to distinguish it from some of the cultivated types of Potentilla.  I had a nice red one and was happy when I thought it had self seeded.  Until the 'self seeded' ones were yellow... and spread and spread!

What month do gardens grow the most?

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 22:20

Agree with nut but if you mean when is general growth the strongest, then it's probably May.  Turn your back and it's weed city!

Id please?

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 21:59

The first one looks very much like an oriental poppy, which are perennial.

The second is probably a raspberry - they are well known for not staying in one place!

Bee hive

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 21:08

I had the same happen a year or 3 back Baza.  I thought it was quite nice having a nest of pollinators in the garden.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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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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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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