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Plant ID (geum/buttercup)

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:59

Definitely remove them before any seeds are produced as those survive in the ground for decades.  The main reasons it takes over are that it continues growing over the winter and spreads by runners which are usually just below or on the surface.  I've been battling it for 30 years, never letting it seed but everytime I turn the soil new seedlings appear..

Mysterious plant

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:47

I depends where you grow it Ryan.  Each plant produces thousands of seeds and in the wrong place (like my veg plot!) it becomes a bit of a nightmare requiring constant hoeing.

Plant ID (geum/buttercup)

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:08

The plant just in front of the grassy one in the first photo is a geum but the rest are buttercups.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:03

I love it Joe, especially the ceonothus against the dark wood!

vine weevil or alien bugs

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 22:04

Yes, I've used nematodes and they are very effective.  Expensive, yes, but worth it to avoid the use of pesticides which will kill beneficial insects as well as the baddies.

gooseberries

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 19:06

I was surprised at how many varieties there are when I was looking.  Chris Bowers has a good range.  Of the ones I planted, a hybrid 'worcesterberry' is my favourite - thornless, too - a real boon come picking time!

Could anyone please tell me what this plant is called?

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 18:59

And watch for sawfly - the adults are jet black and lay eggs which turn into hundreds of grey caterpillar like things which can decimate the foliage in just a couple of days:

http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/SolomonsSealSawfly

 

 

vine weevil or alien bugs

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 18:55

Probably Vine weevil pupae - see the photo here:

http://mint.ippc.orst.edu/blackvineid.htm

 

Help with Id's please

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 18:50

Both of those grow from seeds blown in by the wind Lorna.  They're 'weed trees' if you like and have no place in an average garden as they grow into huge great things.

PS: the middle one might be a wild cherry - those usually come from pigeon droppings.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:40

Mice also do this.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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How id your garden looking 
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