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Aphids

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:25

It's hard to tell but the tree is possibly one of the wild prunus - bullace, cherry plum, damson, that sort of thing.  

It has been badly attacked but it's the price we're paying for a mild winter - many aphids survived the winter and made a head start with their breeding programme early on!  

As I said, I think the best thing you can do for the tree is to encourage the birds to do the job for you, and hope for a few good sharp frosts next winter to knock the aphids back.

I think that with the honeysuckle I would pinch out all the badly affected growing tips. That number of  aphids will have damaged them so you won't get good flowers.  If you pinch out the growing tips the honeysuckle will grow sideshoots which will hopefully flower later this summer - and even if they don't flower this year, you'll have a bushier plant which will be good.  

Again, resist using insecticides as they kill the good critters as well as the bad, and this is why we get the big inbalances. It may take a couple of years to get things in balance in your garden, but we've been here three years this coming August, and I've just been watching a large brood of newly fledged bluetits hoovering up aphids from my honeysuckle - they do the job and they're such fun to watch.

Good luck 

Wet cold weather

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:12

And look what happened when we were all singing that 

Sad and sorry looking

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:42

That's fine then 

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:40

Steve 

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Potatoes - Dopey Question No 7

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:36

Got it Alan 

Seriously thinking about putting the heating on here too, but might cook a jalfrezi instead. 

Mony Don

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:20

I had 9 acres - but the horses, cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, guinea fowl, geese and pigs took up some of the space, not to mention the windmill, three ponds, river and railway line.  I'm afraid the flower garden took a back seat but we grew lots of veg 

Jardin Botanique Bordeaux

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:17

Are you trying to cheer us up, or make us 

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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:15
Clari, 
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Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:06

Not here it isn't 

Attracting birds

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:00

Googling suggests that it's a form of Calindrinia ciliata  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calandrinia_ciliata , but I know nothing more than that. 

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