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Novice gardener with pest issues

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 15:36

The ants are 'farming' the aphids for their sugary excretions and carrying them to vulnerable fresh new leaves.  Get a grease band to wrap around the trunk which will prevent the ants climbing up it.  Try using a spray attachment on a hose to blast off the existing aphids.

These are Greenfly on my blueberry right?

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 14:00

Yes, definitely aphids.  Try blasting them off with the hose unless your blueberries have flowers or developing fruit which may be damaged by a jet of water.  Alternatively, use a hand spray with a couple of drops of washing-up liquid in water - this will drown them.  Don't be tempted to use any commercial pesticide sprays on edible crops.  If left they will damage the young growth which is what will be providing your fruit next year so they do need removing.


Posted: 04/06/2016 at 12:51

Yes, lots of non-variegated types available.  I agree and don't grow many variegated things apart from Euonymus "Emerald 'n' Gold" which stays small and I have dotted around to brighten up the garden in winter.

Last edited: 04 June 2016 12:52:25

What is this lovely tree?!

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 12:44

I think it's Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia.)

identify a plant

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 12:27

There are other holboellias which may also fit the bill.  Not a common plant and are sometimes known as 'sausage vines'.  Have a look at some google images, especially if you can remember what the flowers looked like.

identify a plant

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:58

a) may be Holboellia latifolia as it look like the leathery leaves are in groups of 3.

can you tell what this is?

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:45

They keep together in the centre to keep warm and scatter when disturbed to startle predators (or arachnophobes in this case! )  Just think of all of the thousands of greenfly they will catch and eat in their short lives which would otherwise be damaging your plants! 


Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:41

Could it be getting too hot?  What is the ventilation like?

Cherry blossom tree advice

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:34

The best and cheapest way is to buy a bare-root tree which are available from November to about March.  However, you can buy potted trees which can be planted at any time but are expensive (I would expect them to be £100 upwards) and you want one supplied in at least a 40 litre pot.  Here's an example website where such trees are available:

Weird looking eggs?

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:21

You need to rub them off (suggest wearing gloves) or use something like a nail brush to brush them off.  Pesticides generally don't work on the adults so spraying isn't an option. 

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