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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

winged aphids - do I need to control these?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 17:58
burngirl wrote (see)
...will it be alright if I regularly go out there and remove the ones that I can see?

Thanks for your advice!

That's exactly what I would do

Pond pump has died

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 16:19

If the pond doesn't have fish it doesn't need a pump - just plenty of oxygenating plants growing in the water (Native Hornwort is a good one) and some plants that provide shade on the surface like water lilies or water soldier. 

Lots available from here who are happy to advise if you phone or email them.

We have a wildlife pond used by frogs, newts, toad and the occasional grass snake as well as pondsnails and lots of insects etc.  We use Blagdon Barley Straw Extract and their Bio-active Sludge Control to deal with algae, blanket weed and duckweed.

Why did these plants die and what can I replace them with?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:07

What to plant instead depends in the main on the size of the planters.

I'm not sure that bay would be happy in a North-facing situation.  I think that the aim should be that the next plants shouldn't have to be dought tolerant


Lacy phacelia purple tansy everywhere. Cruelty to bees.

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 14:47

I couldn't do it either - just sit in the shade with a glass of something cool and enjoy watching the bees


So it's going to seed again ...... collect the seeds and send some to me

Opinions please

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 14:18

I wouldn't use anything on a lawn in this very hot dry weather.

Why did these plants die and what can I replace them with?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 14:14

They look to me as if they died of drought - if they were a bit pot-bound when you bought them (as they often are)  it may be that the roots never moved out into the compost in the pot and if the compost and roots were compacted, then when you watered the pots the water may not have penetrated into the rootball.

If you take them out of the pots now, are their roots spread out into the grey pots or are they still within a tight rootball?

Also, for permanent planting like that, I'd always use a loambased compost, John Innes No 3, rather than MPC .

Markings on hosta leaves

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 11:46

First prize goes to Wonky

Hostas aren't the only things in this household to get splattered with paint - doesn't seem a lot that I can do about it

id this caterpillar

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 11:43

Pansyface, that looks very like the ones here


Markings on hosta leaves

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 09:02

 I've recently moved the position of my Hosta undulata nearer to the outside tap and drain where it gets a bit more sun and it began to look much happier - however the other day I noticed these strange pinkish markings on some of the leaves. 

I suspect these to be the result of activity by Pictor 'domesticus'   any suggestions re action to take please?

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Geum Totally Tangerine

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Which Cornish Garden to visit in September?

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Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
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Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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