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Posted: 21/08/2013 at 19:00

Joolz, are you sure they are wasps and not harmless hoverflies?

They may be after aphids, so check that the young leaves aren't being attacked by greenfly.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:51

Not for me FG - the original gets bigger, but still upside down (PC, IE10).  What device and browser are you using to view the site?  It would be nice to know so we can get to the bottom of this weirdness!  Some images contain 'EXIF' data which is extra information about the image that some cameras/phones add and includes rotation information - my guess is that different things interpret it differently.  Like all techie things, all manufacturers think their own interpretation of a 'standard' is the right one (so they are usually all wrong!)


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:41

Carwyn, this site doesn't allow attachments - use the little green tree icon to upload photos.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:38

If you have a PC, get Irfanview (free), rotate and SaveAs jpg (choose 75% quality)


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 19:17

I think you're right suspecting squirrels.  Not much you can do.  Dogs or cats will chase them away, but netting is usually useless against them.  Sweetcorn freezes very well, so if they are ready to eat, pick the lot and freeze them.


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 19:13

Very likely caterpillars.  Rabbits love parsley but do eat the stems, too.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 20:50

That looks like it, Dove - felt sure it had to be a vitis of some kind.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:15

I inherited some plain red and some yellow tulips which grow to 18" tall and come back every year (now for over 30 years), but I obviously have no idea what variety they are.  This in clay soil, too.  Maybe I should set about propagating and selling them!  As others have said, apart from these all of the ones I buy only last 2 or 3 years at best.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:06

Good luck with them Stacey - I found them challenging and only about 3 or 4 out of a whole packet germinated (T&M mixed hybrids - they no longer seem to stock those..)  I've had better luck with seed collected from my own heucheras though - but probably because I had 100 times as much seed!


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 18:53

I've only ever germinated these indoors and used a (very) thin layer of fine-grade vermiculite to keep them damp but let light to the seeds (which are like dust!)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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On Freeview/Sky 
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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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