BobTheGardener


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Pest on Cherry tree branches

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 20:28

The nymphs probably hitch a ride on birds to get to other trees.  Not much you can do prevention wise but you can use a winter tree wash at the end of the year to kill off any surviving young ones.  Here the RHS advice on them which I think may be Brown scale or possibly Chestnut scale:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=455

What is your weather like?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 20:18

It's been horrible here for the last 2 days, cold, wet and windy.  Good job I've got 'backup' runner beans still in the GH as those planted out will probably be ruined by the weekend.   Good job I didn't risk the squashes!

Pest on Cherry tree branches

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 20:12

They are scale insects.  Put some gloves on and rub them off.  The white fluffy stuff is protection for their eggs and once those hatch the tiny offspring (which are mobile unlike their parents) will distribute themselves all over your tree.

Last edited: 01 June 2016 20:14:26

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 18:56

A shady patch, brightened up by heucheras and young aquilegias just about to flower:


gallery of shame

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 18:48

My garage.  There's a moterbike in there somewhere.


Plant or weed?!

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 15:15

Not sure about the first but it looks close to flowering so will soon be more easily identifiable.  The smaller ones surrounding it look like forget-me-nots.  The second one looks like nigella.

Last edited: 30 May 2016 15:16:19

Will my aquilegia flower this year?

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 12:40

Carol, they may still flower this year in the next few weeks but I would leave them in the ground anyway as aquilegia don't do very well in pots in my experience.  They send down a tap root so best left as they are.  The foliage is attractive anyway and they are as tough as old boots.

Help Identifying this Plant

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 12:03

Tragopogon porrifolius aka common salsify.

How to use Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure as mulch for berries etc?

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 11:58

Max, I've been using it for several years both as a mulch and mixed into the soil when planting and have had no negative effects. In fact I put down a two inch layer over my raspberry patch last winter and they came through it fine. It is already well rotted when supplied;  Most problems concerning manure use are due to using it 'raw' so to speak.

Last edited: 30 May 2016 11:58:24

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 17:50

Philippa, if you want to do some research, they are generally called "Trail" cameras.  Be warned that there is a huge range of them available though!

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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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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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No real rain here for weeks 
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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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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