Yes Topbird, really glad that wind has dropped
The whole back garden has had a good soaking from the seep hose and the sprinkler - lots of plants were looking floppy. Also the grape vine, pear tree and the clematis and buddleja in the front garden have all had a large watering can full of water each. Expect an un-forecast heavy downpour very soon
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I think that's Nostoc algae - information here http://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/pathogen-articles/pathogens-common-many-plants/bacteria-and-other-prokaryotes/management-cyanobacter
Hope that helps
Glad to hear such good news LilyP A good vet is worth his/her weight in gold
Slit in the ground = slit trench .... the second link I posted above
It's the way I do it
Pattypan squashes - just two plants
Taste like courgettes, more tender, lovely roastedas well as cooking like ordinary courgettes. Very productive and interesting to look at.
Here's a pic of white Sweet Rocket in the veg patch earlier this year - as you can see, the same thing happened with a foxglove plant too
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No idea which that is, but unless there is a huge infestation I tend to leave such things for the birds and wasps etc to sort out.
I'm a little concerned by the inference in your question that butterflies = good and moths = bad
Is that what you meant?
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Have a look here http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-take-rose-cuttings/
and here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/8822851/Make-a-slit-trench-for-hardwood-cuttings.html
I usually use the slit-trench method. Don't worry about the cuttings losing their leaves.
As for hydrangeas, I find the best way is to prepare your cuttings, take off most of the leaves, and cut the top leaves in half, thus reducing moisture loss. I then put the cuttings in a jamjar of water and pop them on a shady windowsill in the kitchen and leave them there. After several weeks they begin to grow roots. When the roots are several inches long I separate the cuttings and pot them up.
Good luck with the toad Liri