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Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:24

Dd - can we come to the party if we promise to behave ourselves???

What is killing my willow

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:15

I've been having a brief google and discovered that the active ingredient in Bayer Fungus Fighter is myclobutinol - further googling querying the effect of this on insects doesn't reveal very much, but I did find one reference to it being harmless to the sort of insects that are used in greenhouses to control aphids/whitefly etc.

So, there is a possibility that your caterpillars were on the ground beneath the tree purely coincidentally as when they reach optimum size/age they climb down their food plant and find a suitable place to pupate over the winter, emerging as beautiful moths in the spring.

So you may not have murdered them after all


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:01

I live in East Anglia and my grapes are outside - from the looks of things they're going to be perfectly ripe in about 14 days' time - we go away in 12 days' time - it looks as if the kind next door neighbours who will be watering and keeping an eye on the place will have to fight the blackbirds and the wasps for a share of the grapes.


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 10:03

Morning Hosta   (you have a PM)

No, you're not the only one ........

Waking at 4am - that's something that I do (it used to be at 2.22am precisely ).

Think it's a bit of stress/anxiety/over-active brain stuff.  I put Radio 4 on very very quietly so that my brain has to concentrate  to discern what's being said - that way it doesn't go off on a tangent and worry about stuff.  It works for me. ((hugs))

Today's trip

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 09:59
artjak wrote (see)

...forgot to say, Her Flossieness (small mutt) is spending her hols at the pig farm where she gets to lord it over a HUGE St Bernese dog who is only about a year old. Flossie just climbs all over her!

Photos are required ............ nay, demanded!!!


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 09:56

In my experience hebes absolutely hate being cut hard back and usually turn up their toes and die if you try that.

I suggest planting other lower plants around it that will disguise it's 'bare legs'

What is killing my willow

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 09:43

We live and we learn don't we

Your trees are obviously a good wildlife habitat - so it will be good if we help you to restore them to full health.

Can you post us a picture or two of the trees and a close-up of the leaves?

To upload a photo you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post.

Can you also let us know what you sprayed with please?


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 08:54

It's an idea stolen from Chinese cooks.   It's how they do crispy duck

Should I encourage house mice into my garden?

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 08:51

We had our first proper holiday together at Tintagel (well we stayed at Delabole but spent lots of time at Tintagel)  it's where I saw my first ever Peregrine falcon stooping down to take a gull    That coastline is good in all weathers - love the surf and spray as much as the sunshine ........ well, nearly!


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 08:47

Crispy Crackling - make sure it's well scored but not too deep.  The cuts should go into but not through the fat.

Put the joint in the sink on a rack, then pour boiling water from the kettle over the rind - the scored cuts will open up.  Leave it in the sink to drain - about half an hour - then rub in some oil (sunflower works well) and then rub in some seasalt.

Put in a really hot oven 200C plus, for the first half hour then turn down to 180C for the rest of the time.

That should give good crackling, but so much depends on the breed of pig.

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