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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

woolly aphid?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:06

As it's an indoor plant, I'd spray with Provado ultimate bug killer, which is systemic and will be absorbed into the plant so is guaranteed to kill them.  Being indoors, there is no chance of the spray harming bees or other wildlife so I have no qualms about using it on pernicious pests on houseplants.


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:02

I got a couple of mine from Parkers as they were the cheapest - they are Lonicera Kamtschatica which I think is the most common one but they were very small plants.  I can't remember where the others came from though, maybe Crocus.  Primrose have both Kamtschatica and Moreno as 3 year olds in 3l pots, so perhaps get one of each then you're guaranteed at least 2 types?

What have I done?

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 21:58

Seeing Save after Upload is normal Berkley.


Unidentified insect

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:31

I think it's Brown scale - I have them on my Japanese plum but they like a whole range of shrubs:



Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:11

The plants are as tough as old boots and can stand -40C as well as not being picky about soil pH, so I'd do as mm suggests, but if it is small grow it on in a 25-30cm pot for a year before planting out, which gave good results for me.  Most web sites say they need a pollination partner to fruit well, so I'd get another - I have 5, two of them are 2 years old now and the others are year-olds.  Some fruit seems to have set on the older ones, so looking forward to sampling them in a few weeks.

ID if poss please

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 16:47

Not sure what it is mate, but I've cleaned the pic up for you, so hopefully someone can ID it.

Insect leaf infection of peach/ nectarine tree

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 13:26

It's a bit tricky to tell as the photo is a bit blurry, but it could be either aphid damage (look on the back of the leaves for them), in which case spray with soapy water or Peach Leaf Curl, which is very common but difficult to control:

Fingers crossed it's just greenfly damage!


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 10:37

Welcome Katy (or do you prefer Kate?)

Anemone de Caen

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 10:36

Hi Veronica, with the vast majority of bulbs and corms, it's best to wait until the foliage has died back - once it goes yellow, it is no longer feeding the bulb.  Having said that, if you can remove a whole clump, soil and all, they usually do just fine even when they have leaves, as long as you water them well in their new home. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 09:57

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)


OH and I took the same photo in Oxford, mine is a bit dull, his is brighter, but his was too big and wouldn't upload. So he reduced it as I couldn't manage it, but it's tiny now. He wouldn't stop to explain how he reduced - he's rushed off to mow the lawn. Think it's the first time he's managed to do it anyway! I've asked on previous threads how to reduce photos, but the few answers I had didn't work. Does anyone know?


The best free software for doing this is Irfanview which only works on PCs.  You can get it from here:

It is used by professionals too - I have full photoshop at work but do things like resizing, cropping etc in Irfanview as it's just so quick and easy.  To learn how to use it, google "irfanview tutorial" - there are lots out there including video tutorials.

It can also do things like this:


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