Dovefromabove


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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 14:25

Well, one of my favourite summer drinks is a Dragonfly (gin, ginger ale and a wedge of lime) 

Courgette help!!

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:53

Pollen beetles - they're only eating pollen - not doing any harm 

Salix Problem

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:53

That's the sooty mould growing on the honeydew. 

Plant ID please??

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:52

It is considerably bigger than the ones I used to come across Nut - we didn't allow them to get that big!  

Salix Problem

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:51

And yes, if the tree is small enough for you to reach them, I agree with Nutcutlet, wipe or squirt them off. 

Salix Problem

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:50

They look like black aphids - the sticky liquid will be the honeydew which they excrete - you'll probably find ants going up and down the tree to the aphids - they actually 'farm' the aphids and 'milk' them for the sweet honeydew.   A black sooty mould will then grow on the honeydew, discolouring it. 

The best remedy is to encourage wildlife into your garden, ladybirds and bluetits especially - the ones in our garden simply hoover up the aphids, especially at this time of year when there are lots of fledglings about.

Hang some bird feeders in or near your tree to encourage the bluetits and they'll soon find the aphids. 

Good luck 

Salix Flamingo

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:23

If it has several stems coming from below the ground it cannot be trained as a standard.  A standard needs to be grown from a single shoot. 

I believe that the standard Salix Flamingo seen nowadays are grafted onto a rootstock of a different type of willow which grows a sturdier trunk than S. Flamingo does. 

Hope that's helpful, even if it's not the answer you were hoping for. 

A Question about the Amelanchier "Snowy Mespilus" tree

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:17

Yes, they're edible - a former colleague used to cook with them but I'm not sure what she cooked - there are some recipes here http://www.eattheweeds.com/amelanchier-arborea-busting-out-all-over-2/ 

Anybody know anything about cucamelons?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:04

We had an earlier thread about these - it may be helpful

 http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/fruit-and-veg/cucamelons/99782.html 

changing user name

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 12:43

You'll just get called Basil ............... or Mr Derek 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 21:38

Slugwatch

Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 15:49

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Last Post: 20/08/2014 at 06:41

Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Last Post: 19/08/2014 at 06:16

Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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Last Post: 13/08/2014 at 18:54

Achillea

To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Last Post: 06/08/2014 at 22:45

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Last Post: 25/07/2014 at 08:27

Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 14:46

DIFFICULTIES POSTING?

How to get around the current problem .... 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 22:02

Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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Last Post: 22/07/2014 at 08:23

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Last Post: 05/06/2014 at 21:07

Caterpillar ID

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Last Post: 04/06/2014 at 17:27

ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 14:09

Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 16:54

Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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