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Tiny black terminator bugs

Posted: Yesterday at 20:44

Sounds like little black pollen beetles enjoying the pollen.  They don't do any damage, they just love pollen.  They'll disappear as fast as they came.  They're not a problem, just part of the wildlife of your garden.

 If you spray flowers with chemicals you'll kill the bees and butterflies and other pollinating beneficial insects


Posted: Yesterday at 19:55

We cooked and ate outside again this evening - it's still 27C and very sticky - the highest it reached in the coolest shadiest bit of our back garden was 34.5C  

Today and tomorrow are the Royal Norfolk Show days - I imagine the St John's Ambulance people will have been busy there today.  We sometimes go but I'm glad we didn't have tickets this year - I'd have melted!


Posted: Yesterday at 17:13

Goodness me Verdun, that is very blue ...

Wilting hydrangea

Posted: Yesterday at 17:10

Probably potbound and in too small a pot anyway/  Give it a larger pot or even put it in the ground, in a shady place and give it lots of water.

It's name tells you what to do

"...the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel. This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea's need for plenty of water and the cup shaped flower ..." extract from Teleflora website.

ID please

Posted: Yesterday at 15:30

That's what I was going to say

May bug?

Posted: Yesterday at 14:54

I love to see them - they're such handsome creatures   last June we could hear them flying about in the branches of the trees - many many years ago there were times when they appeared in large numbers and caused problems - that doesn't happen any more due to chemical controls in the past.

We're happy to see them about.


Posted: Yesterday at 11:26

Panda - was it Salvia Greggii Icing Sugar?  I've got that - gorgeous!


29.8C already out there - hotter than it reached all yesterday - I've been out and watered some pots that were looking sorry for themselves in the heat and I've come in for a cold drink for myself. 

I need to go back out there and pick the last of the broad beans while they're still in the shade from the ash trees ... but it's soooooooooooooo hot

Need an I.D on this please

Posted: Yesterday at 10:57
Logan wrote (see)
I find hardy geraniums don't need feeding.

I suppose the big ash trees around our garden suck all the nutrients out of the soil here. I find most things here benefit from some FB&B being watered in after cutting back - even the toughies

Grass has black after using evergreen extreme green

Posted: Yesterday at 10:40

The following is taken from a review of Evergreen Extreme Green on Amazon:

"... This stuff works - it's got all the right ingredients - but the instructions should include a comprehensive list of what NOT to do:

Don't apply too soon after cutting - you'll scorch your lawn
Don't apply even a single microgramme more than the specified dose - you'll scorch your lawn
Don't apply it by hand, as it won't go on evenly and - you'll scorch your lawn
However you apply it, don't neglect to sweep it around with a soft brush to even it out, otherwise - you'll scorch your lawn
Don't neglect to water it in, even if you're expecting rain soon, otherwise - you'll scorch your lawn

Check out the attached video (no longer available) - that's my lawn a week after application. The previous week, it looked like Centre Court at the all-England club before a stroke has been played.

Your lawn (mine, too - yes, really) will recover from poor application (time, watering and a little grass seed), but this product really needs professional application rather than DIY use. My advice would be to get some water-soluble product as that's far harder to make a mess of.

Don't say you weren't warned.

Edit: it's been a couple of weeks since I applied it and I have to say the lawn is doing really well where I didn't devastate it - lush, healthy, growing well and free of moss. I'm giving this stuff another star..."

Me Vs Slugs

Posted: Yesterday at 10:29

Most of the big slugs are goodies  they eat the little slugs and stuff that's already rotting - it's the little slugs that eat the growing plants

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ID for hardy geranium please

Does anyone recognise this one? 
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Open to all 
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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

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Copper tape

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