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Help needed!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:32


Cocoon in shed?

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:25

Hi Jordan, see if you can find it here (ignore the colour as they mostly turn brown):

and here (only 759 to look through!):

I think it's a Peacock.

The thing next to it is the old skin of the caterpillar which it cast off as it turned into the chrysalis.

PS, it could hatch anytime now - they overwinter as adults.

bananas from seed

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:09

Tried them once as an experiment and had the same lack of results.  I eventually cut the (still hard) seeds open and judging by the smell they had rotted inside.  Thinking about it now I'm not sure I actually want the hassle of looking after them over the winter anyway!

Help needed!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 19:16

I'm with Lyn - improve the compatibility of the site as that is definitely a weak point as is the search facility.

Please, please don't introduce a 'like' button!  Those are divisive at best on a friendly site like this.

people moving into an area and paving over the front garden

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 18:58

Just be thankful we (well, most of us on here) don't live in certain states of the US where it is illegal to grow veg in your front garden!  A google search for that gets about half a million hits..


Posting Issues?

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 21:33
Tetley wrote (see)
Quotes has never worked for me since I joined the forum ):

The quote bug has been around forever!  However, if you quote then unquote, it actually works!


Posted: 02/08/2015 at 19:32

Yep, big blousy and very, very red!  Must be about 15 years old now and still going strong.   I must say they do look a mess after flowering so always cut them down to the ground before the seeds ripen, so have never tried growing more from the seeds.


Posted: 02/08/2015 at 19:06

Cathy, yes oriental poppies are normally propagated by root cuttings so you get identical plants but you can buy seed - that's how I grew mine - these in fact:


Posted: 02/08/2015 at 18:36

Yes, oriental ones have the hairy leaves and stems - you can cut back to the ground after flowering and they will produce new growth which will usually survive the winter.

Opium poppies sometimes appear as fluffy doubles from self-sown seed and you can buy 'double' seed.  All are annuals.

Haven't grown Pacino though so will leave for others.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 15:19

FG - "... and I didn't know it"!   Preparing to pop to patch to pick peppers plus potatoes. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


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! 
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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 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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