BobTheGardener


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Crater created by rain pouring off branch

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 21:50

Place a pot filled with gravel or pea shingle directly where the water falls?

Wisteria hasvdied

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 21:47

That's exactly how they die when killed by Honey fungus.  A prodigious amount of blooms followed by rapid death.  Not saying that's what it is in all cases but is precisely what happened to one here and was definitely HF in my case.

Caterpillars

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:50

It's called Nemasys Caterpillar Killer - try Harrodhorticultural.com or Greengardener.co.uk.  Amazon, too.

Plant ID please!

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:04

I think it might be one of the red leaved hazels, perhaps planted by a squirrel or a young copper beech.

Distorted clematis bud

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 18:56

The squiggly thing is caused by a leaf miner which lives inside the leaf and eats the inside.  They cause very little damage but you can just pick off affected leaves.  The bud damage may have been caused by aphids when they were smaller or some other sap-sucking insect.  Earwigs are another possibility.  Try going out at night with a torch - most of the critters prefer feeding at night.

Shallot Infestation

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 18:50

If they are soft they could be some kind of centipede but most of those only eat dead vegetation.  It could be that something else is killing your plants/bulbs and they are just eating what remains.  Have a look at this site to see if you can see anything similar.  This is based in my home county so may not apply everywhere but I find it a valuable resource and they have excellent photos:


http://www.naturespot.org.uk/taxonomy/term/19543


Good luck in resolving!

Caterpillars

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:56

There are now nematodes which kill caterpillars and are  safe to use on food crops. If you have those new invading moths there may be too many for manual removal!

The birds are eating all my bird food!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 22:06

Yep, two mixed seed feeders need filling every day at the moment.  The two filled with sunflower hearts last for 2-3 days.  There are lots of young birds around at the moment as they have not long fledged and there is a shortage of natural food sources for seed feeders right now.  Consumption will drop off in time (sometimes rapidly if a sparrowhawk discovers your lttle bit of bird heaven!)

Shallot Infestation

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 21:55

If they have hard shells they probably are one of the wireworms.  They are hard to identify and there are several species of click beetle whose larvae are known by this name.  Yours aren't the common ones which affect potatoes which is why the pictures you've found don't match.


I think the best way to proceed is cultural and to make sure you remove all plant debris from the area at the end of the season then keep turning the soil over to expose the pupae (which overwinter in the soil) to frost and birds.


This is a US website but has some good tips which may help:


http://www.planetnatural.com/pest-problem-solver/garden-pests/wireworm-control/

Plante I.D. Please

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 15:24

Yep, wait for the leaves to go yellow on bulbs before moving them.

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