Dave Morgan

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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 17:01

This may seem a little unlikely, however it's well known in the bee world, bees sometimes chew through parts of flowers to get to the nectar when their access to any nectar is restricted. It's not a pest, it's just the bees doing what they do naturally.

conifer move

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:22

Yes it's a conifer, yes you can move it, just make sure you take as much of the root ball with it as you can. They aren't keen on being moved so be aware it may totally hate it and give up the ghost, but you may be lucky.

Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:15

It doesn't matter what you try thats leyllandii, it won't grow back and you can't train green growth back through it. Growing Ivy through it will eventually choke the hedge. 

I don't know how tall it has become, but as any boundary hedge it should be maintained at 2m under current legislation.

Again I don't know how much space you have so I'd be reluctant to make suggestions without knowing more.

There will be options, there always are, a broader view of the area would help.

Bee/Butterfly friendly flowers, but space efficient. :)

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:28

I haven't seen coreopsis mentioned, mine are covered in bees and other insects.

hebe and dwarf conifer stump

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:33

The hebe will grow back, the conifer will just die.

Fuchsia Cutting

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:28

To be honest billyc I'm not sure what your'e doing wrong. They are usually the easiest cuttings to take. When taking the cuttings are you cutting just below a leaf node? How many are you putting in a pot? 4 is usually the right number at each corner, they can be left outside to root at this time of year and only water when the compost is dry and then from underneath by placing in a tray of water. As for water cuttings just 4 or five to a small glass too many and there is no air movement, again the roots form from the leaf nodes. Take the cuttings in the morning, from a non flowering shoot and pinch the top off the cutting.

You may be being a bit over ambitious cramming too much in and over watering the cuttings. Try and be a bit more relaxed about it

Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:32

Last week I had 18 butterflies in the garden Large whites small whites gatekeeper painted lady,  peacock, tortoise shell and comma. Since then the red admiral has put in an appearance I even saw a sliver studded blue female which I almost mistook for a gatekeeper till I got my glasses out, I count between eight and ten per day at the moment so I count myself lucky.

Honeysuckle not flowering

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:32

Leave it till spring Bille-jean, it flowers on new growth so leave till then.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:28

Jonathan, do the following, pick off all the affected leaves and any left on the ground and any detritus around the rose. If this means stripping the rose of foliage do it. Spray the whole rose, including flowers with fungicide and the ground around the rose. Feed the rose and mulch heavily with compost or well rotted farmyard manure, then water well.

Even if the rose looks bare which it will don't worry as new growth will appear within a few weeks. It works and I have given this advice frequently on this forum more times than I care to mention. It does work so don't worry about it looking bare.

If infection is present on any new growth do it again.

It's been a bad year for black spot as we had little or no frost last winter to kill the spores.

I don't know if you refreshed the soil when you planted the new rose, but the addition of mychorizal fungi to the planting hole would have helped. Some recommend planting inside a cardboard box with fresh soil inside, but I find the fungi do the job equally as well along with plenty of organic matter added. If you didn't I'd replant it in November using the above to give it the best chance for next year.

Next year spray with fungicide as soon as the first new growth appears to keep on top of any possible infection.

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 12:40

Need a picture davey, click on the green tree icon on the toolbar to post a picture. It doesn't work from mobiles though.

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