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Dovefromabove


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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:23

Every parent of every 'child' attending that party will have been told that they're 'the only ones who want to know'!!!

I would check with the parents that they will be there - I would also check with them that they have the same house rules as you do about alcohol, drugs and boy/girl behaviour, and that they have your phone number and know they can use it.  

I remember being surprised when I discovered that not every parent at my son's school had the same thoughts about things as I did.  

If he's under 18 he's your responsibility, and he'll just have to put up with that until he's older. 

 

Why is it White when it was Purple?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:16

How odd - maybe it does change on the plant   It certainly looks like Constance Elliot doesn't it?

Rhubarb pests

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:15

Hmm, not brilliant I agree - but the poor things have had some competition haven't they? 

I'd give the bed a thorough weeding and  feed them with some Fish, Blood & Bone and just let them grow for the rest of the summer without pulling any stems.  I never take any rhubarb after the end of June, to let the crowns build up.  Don't let the ground dry out totally.  

Then in the autumn when the leaves have died down remove the rotting leaves and mulch the crowns with well-rotted farmyard manure - don't cover them.  In Feb a good feed with more Fish, Blood & Bone and they should be cropping well for you next spring.

The following year you could try putting a forcing pot (or upturned bucket or old chimney) over one of the crowns in early January to encourage some early stems.  This isn't 'real forcing', rather more 'encouraging' the crown to produce an early crop.

Stop pulling from the 'encouraged' crown at the end of May.  As you have more than one crown you can alternate the 'encouraging' each year.  

I never pull more than one third of the stems at any one time. 

Hope that helps 

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:06

Have you or the neighbours got any chickens?  They'd love them 

Why is it White when it was Purple?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:06

The photo looks like Passiflora caerulea 'Constance Elliot' which can have white or blue filaments  http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/passiflora-caerulea-constance-eliott/classid.1698/ , but I don't know why yours used to have blue and now has white - is there more than one stem coming from the roots - could there be two plants there?

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:02

Ah, you beat me to it, and yes, Soloman's Seal Sawfly larvae as in the link. 

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:02

My first guess would be these http://rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=698 - if not, can you post us a photograph please? 

ID for large plant, please

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:40

Nicandra physalodes - the Shoofly plant  http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/shoofly_plant.htm 

Oh dear.....I think I may have made a mistake!!!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:34

Panic ye not - it looks like one to me - leaves are the right shape etc - it looks as if it'll flower soon so you'll feel better when you see the flowers 

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