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Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:45

I did wonder about pollen beetles Bob, but I couldn't see it clearly before you 'blew it up' and I too am puzzled as to why they're on lettuce - slightly yellowish lettuce, but definitely not providing the beetles with pollen

Seeds from tall Foxgloves

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:43

Some of the growth potential is in the DNA, some is due to the conditions in which the plants are grown - that being said, I would always collect the seeds from the best performing plants


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:32

Squirrels often go for flower buds and fresh greenery because they are thirsty - try putting a large shallow dish of fresh water out for them. 

Purple/black spots on honeysuckle foliage

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:29

It has Powdery mildew - keep the soil moist and the container shaded and cool - (if yuy can plant it in the ground that will be much better) - the leaves will go yellow and fall, but the plant will recover and grow again if you can get the cultural conditions right, see my posts above.

Good luck

Anyone know their climbers?

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:12

Clematis vitalba (old man's beard) the English native clematis

Mares tail

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:09

Doesn't work - ok so it blackens the top growth - it doesn't affect the deep roots which continue to grow.

Also all that salt/vinegar/detergent is really bad for the ecology of the soil

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:07

As  you say, 'gone for now' but it only blackens the top growth, it doesn't affect the deep roots which will grow again. 


Mare's tails

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:05

Doesn't work - it blackens the top growth but doesn't affect the deep roots.

Honeysuckle not flowering

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:03

Can I see aphids there?

If so give the flowering shoots a strong blast with the hoze every day to wash them off.

Next year hang bird feeders close by (sunflower hearts are great) to attract bluetits - they'll feed their families on the aphids.

The bluetits and their fledgelings have been all over our honeysuckles for the past couple of months

Hope that helps


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 12:28

That would be exciting - they're really endangered

But if Lynn has them in such huge numbers I suspect they're not the ones

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