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What are these balls on my oak leaves?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 20:46

Oak galls are fab!  Wait till you see them full size!  They're like Maltesers!  Don't eat them!  Caused by a sort of parasitic wasp ( not the usual big stripy one ) and as  fidgetbones says, they won't harm the tree.  Oak galls can be used to make INK.

help needed to identify weed/grass please

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 20:38

Hmmm....the 'bamboo' and 'grass' description put me off a bit, but could it possibly be horsetail?  At this time of year it's beige, with a strange seed head, then the leaves and slender.  Hope that's NOT what it is, it's a nightmare to remove.


Steve...the pets HAVE to come first.  Unless you can keep them indoors till the weed-killer has become less harmful.  Dig out the dandelions and thistles and re-sow the grass.  And KEEP MOWING.  With luck, they'll eventually give up.

Anybody watching The Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 20:32

Too much competition, not enough gardening.  I think it's shallow.  They may be reasonably good gardeners, but there's nothing in this programme about REAL gardening and growing.  It seems to be all about winning....won't be watching any more of the series.

Identification Assistance

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 20:28

If it's a poppy I'd be horribly tempted to leave it just where it is and see what nature gives you!  Might be candy pink double, could be single red....or a little!  Enjoy! Whatever...poppies are gorgeous!

Another mystery plant

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 20:22

Mind your skin! Euphorbias  are lovely, but the sap will have you screaming if it gets on your skin!  Wear gloves and long sleeves when pruning.....white sap...vicious!


Can anyone help identify what bird this is?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 15:17

Greater Spotted Woodpecker, no doubt!  I reckon we always think they're going to be much bigger than they actually are!  They're a bit bigger than a blackbird.  Lovely bird.  If it has a red neck patch at the back of it's head it's a male.  The female doesn't have one of these, just a black neck.

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 15:11

Ah, Mister Rat!  Opportunist, intelligent and forever with us!  We had a huge outdoor rat problem after our last cat died....within three years the rats had colonised the garden shed ( by digging under it ).  When I saw one ON the bird table, eating the bird food ( our cats never bothered with birds - too many feathers, too little meat ) I decided enough was enough.  The new cats have put paid to any sign of Mister Rat, and the only mice and voles I've seen ( we live in an agricultural farming area ) are the regurgitated ones.

And yes, Mister Blackbird and his ladies are happily in residence and unmolested in the beech hedges!

A few years ago we had a blackbird who sang, as part of his repertoire, a very convincing 'Trim-Fone' trill.  Goodness knows where he'd learned it, probably from someone's ringtone, but it was unbelievably accurate.  He was with us for about three years but sadly I've not heard that distinctive warble for a few.  And no, he disappeared BEFORE the new rat-catchers arrived!

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 15:01

Paul, when was this photo taken?  JK won't be growing yet and certainly wouldn't be that height in March, no matter where you live in the UK.  Gardeners are allowed to treat it, and should if it's on their land - glyphosate.  Treat in summer when plant is in flower, cut back stems ( they're hollow ), pour in recommended dosage of glyphostae and plug top of cut stem with cotton wool.

I don't think this is JK, by the way!

Plant Gift Ideas 60th Birthdays

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 12:31

I was 60 on Christmas Eve and I have half an acre of garden and arthritis.  I didn't want any plants for my birthday. What I wanted was a couple of hardy perennial gardeners.....

Propagating and Growing Bilberries

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 22:24

so...I take it I'm the only bilberry fan out here!


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