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Magpies attacking blackbird and nest

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:52

One winter I saw two Magpies hunt a robin. The robin was flying diagonally across a snowy field and two magpies flew in from different directions one to distract and the other to attack. The attacking magpie made one strike at the robin which went down onto the snow in a pool of blood. They then literally tore it apart and devoured it. Not pretty but fascinating behaviour from intelligent corvids. Everything has to eat. 

Centaurea 'alba'

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:44


Tiny black insects on cornflowers. Please help.

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:44

Aphids VN, nothing to worry about, sqiush them or rub them off with your fingers.

Landscaping Fabric

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:29

If you are going to use it, edge it with gravel boards. You tuck the fabric under the edge of the boards to keep it in place then put the gravel on to it. At first it looks rubbish, but over a season it blends in as the grass comes up to the edges. It's better than having fabric flapping about. 

Saw fly

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 23:09

It's hard to stop them other than by using chemicals. Vigilance is the key. Inspect the roses regularly and crush the caterpillars that cause the damage by squishing them as soon as it starts. They're small green ones so you have to look carefully and get every single one.

Hebe Amy

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 17:49

Personally I'd look at replacing it penelope. Hebe are fairly easy from cuttings and will grow rapidly in the right conditions. Some hebe's will take a drastic prune, but I'm not sure with Amy. Take some 4 inch cuttings from no flowering shoots and pop them into gritty compost water well and set to one side in a warm but shady area. They'll root in a few weeks and when growing well pot them on into large pots. By next year they'll be big enough to plant out and grow on. Nothing worse than a leggy Hebe.

Watering hanging baskets

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 17:41

You can use a water bottle upside down in the basket or get an extension arm for a hose.


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 12:34

Makes no difference at all.

Honeysuckle looking unhealthy

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 12:33

TC simple cure is to drench with water once a week. Honeysuckle like shade at the roots and a damp soil.Sprays are all but useless for honeysuckle, just keep it damp, they recover very quickly if you do.


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 09:43

No not too late, they'll just crop later.

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plant ID

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Plant ID's please

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Two ID's please

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Colder weather is coming!

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