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Posted: 22/06/2015 at 11:45

I somehow feel that 'solstice types' ought to be travelling cross-country by Shank's pony, or a mule and ox-cart at the very least - heading back up the motorway would  spoil the experience for me

Well, I got nearly a whole line of washing dry before the heavens just opened - we got it all in before it got soaked - only the jeans and towels will need 'finishing off' when the sun comes out again.  Only one clothes peg escaped OH's grasp and flew off into the pond - fortunately it's wooden so is floating and will be fished out later.

The bathroom is sparkling and pastry for a sausage and egg pie is resting while I have a coffee - a very productive morning ... so far ...


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 11:29

Ideas here  however there seem to be some concerns re contamination of soil.  

Certainly Bob Flowerdew used to recommend growing all sorts of things in them.

Don't know what his view on possible contamination is ...


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 10:31

The ladybird larvae undergo a complete metamorphosis - putting it very very simply they sort of liquify inside the pupa and totally reform (in the same way that caterpillars turn into butterflies)

Weed or not?

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 10:26

I agree - not like my "Monch" which has much broader elliptical leaves.

Birds caught in netting

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 10:23

Yes, it's so sad to see birds entangled or even strangled in netting and it's not uncommon. 

As you say, use a fine mesh and always peg it down so that it's taut to try to prevent entanglement, and check at least twice a day. 


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 08:51

Oh dear Clari - maybe he'll let you have an afternoon nap

Weed or not?

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 08:45

If Outdoor girl is correct, then you're obviously growing it as the food plant of the Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillars, aren't you?


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 07:47

Have a cuppa then go back to bed Clari - have more sleep then get up around 11am - drink lots of water and you'll feel fine and ready for anything

Dying Rowan Tree

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 07:12

Pat - if the rot has spread back to the trunk I'm not sure that there's anything that can be done.  Could you post a picture for us to have a look at please?


Paul - I'm sorry but it does sound as if your rowan is on its last legs. 

Acer Deshojo in trouble

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 07:00

Well, if it's not scale insects (there are several sorts including white fluffy ones) could it be woolly aphids?

 However, if the tree only has a couple of leaves at this time of year it does sound as if it's not long for this world

Plants usually only succumb to powdery mildew when they're under stress - could it have been subject to a bit of drought last year?


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ID please

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Flower ID please

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