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Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:20

Does anyone know of a plant that can cause linear bruising, i.e. under the skin rather than on the surface, with no itching, blistering, soreness, pain, etc?  My 9 year old granddaughter noticed such bruising on her upper arm last week, which next day continued  down to her lower arm.  Spent a day at hospital having blood tests etc. (normal), then referred to a dermatologist who said it was probably a sting from a hornet or horsefly, which I doubted as they are usually very painful and there is swelling and puncture mark, which she doesn't have, and anyway next day a similar patch appeared on the other arm and she hadn't been outside in the meantime.  Then we discovered a schoolmate had almost identical bruise-like marks on one upper arm, now going further down, so back to hospital.  This time told it was contact dermatitis from contact with a plant, which again I find hard to credit as there is no inflammation or discomfort, just lines and patches of reddish purple bruising.  Does this ring any bells with anyone? 

Talkback: How to choose secateurs

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 14:24
I have bought loads of secateurs and had others given - all pretty useless, though they felt OK in the hand. Your video didn't help me to identify the best to buy, apart from being bypass. Can you not, please, recommend some makes? I have a sick husband and can't get out much to shop around.

Talkback: How to grow strawberries

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:08
What about fertiliser?

Something has taken all my apples !

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 22:09

Thanks Paul.  I didn't know that was a criminal offence.  I couldn't bring myself to club it to death and how do you know where it's head is if it's in a sack.  Doesn't sound very humane to me.  In the unlikely event I catch one, I'll take it to the vet then.  Or perhaps I'll just chop down the apple trees and dig up the strawberries and anything else they take a fancy to.  I'd love to know why we've managed to harvest good crops in previous years, however, without any of them disappearing.

Something has taken all my apples !

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 19:25

We have had exactly the same problem with our cordon/espalier apples, for the first time since we moved here 4 yrs ago.  Every eater has gone and we have only 3 cookers left out of an abundant crop.  I thought at first birds must be pecking them as some showed signs of being attacked by something, then I found some in the road and under the oak trees 60 yards away, quite large cookers, not quite ripe for picking, half eaten.  I have come to the conclusion that it must be squirrels, as they are still disappearing after I made an attempt at netting them.  Something is managing to get underneath. I put some netting round the one remaining eater and tucked it in but though the net bag is still there the apple has gone.  We had plenty of squirrels round our orchard in our previous house but the windfalls were never even touched.   Is this something to do with the awful summer we have had or was there a lack of acorns/nuts for them to bury last year.  I did rake up a lot of acorns in the autumn to avoid seedlings germinating; perhaps I should have left them.  We are in Bucks - where are you,?  Next year, I am going to net them and try to make a better job of it and also consider setting one of those cage-type traps and drown any that I catch in the water butt.

No flowers on bergenia

Posted: 20/03/2012 at 14:43

I have bergenia in several places round my garden but they have flowered less and less since we moved here nearly 4 years ago, so far no flowers this year, whereas I noticed lots of flowers on those at the hospital we have just attended.  They are not gappy and have lots of healthy leaves. Should I be dividing them and replanting the youngest bits?  Is it too late to do it now?  If not, do I dig in a lot of compost, adding some fertiliser (e.g. blood, fish and bone), before replanting?

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