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Tree ID

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 06:58
Jedward wrote (see)

Thanks for your advice Pete8 and  dovefromabove.

is there any point hanging the bird feeders now or should we wait until next year? we have noticed alot of ladybirds and bees around the tree 

I'd start feeding the birds when the weather gets colder this winter, then by the time spring comes and it's aphid time again, they'll be used to coming to your garden for food - hang the feeders in or near the tree and they'll queue up in your tree and hoover up the aphids while waiting their turn on the feeders

And yes, those ladybirds know what they're doing!  Next spring/summer look out for these on your tree and don't panic - although they look weird they're baby ladybirds and eat aphids too.  

That's why insecticides are sooooooo bad!


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 06:46

Good morning all

Pat, hope your OH is feeling better - you don't need to drive into town, you can make your own DIY rehydration drink - it's a mixture of 10 parts sugar to 1 part sea salt, dissoved in water.  Very simple   You just need to get the proportion right as too much sugar can make matters worse!

It's a lovely morning here - and a mini heatwave is forecast - and apparently Norfolk is the only place that isn't going to get tornadoes and storms today, so I suggest you all come here and I'll get the sun lounger and the BBQ out

Frog in Compost

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:42

He'll have burrowed his way in underneath

Dogs and Manure

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:38

If you think dachshunds eat odd things you should try having a labrador!!! 

A bit of manure won't do him any harm but try to discourage him - you don't want him digging up your plants to get his favourite cocktail snack!!!

What's his name and do we get so see a picture?  Dachshunds are one of my favourite dogs and now that we don't have a pet (other than the wild hedgehogs that visit our garden nightly) I have to get my doggie fix from other gardeners' dogs

hyperlinks in editor

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:28

Here you are Nut ...



Tree ID

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:23

I think your tree has had an aphid infestation, probably because of the pruning which has encouraged a lot of tender new growth that aphids like. 

The honeydew secreted by the aphids makes a sticky surface on the leaves and Soody Mould has formed on the stickiness, and then run down the trunk of the tree. 

My suggestion is to leave things as they are.  Don't prune the tree and hopefully there'll be less of an aphid infestation next year.  If you do notice aphids on the tree you can hose most of them off with a jet of water from a hosepipe.  Also encouraging bluetits and great tits by hanging bird feeders and fat balls near the tree will get them and their fledglings to feast on any aphids in your tree.

Don't use an insecticide to try to get rid of the aphids, it'll just kill the ladybirds and wasps that feed on aphids, and create a 'perfect storm' of aphid infestation.

Hope that helps


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:16

According to the RHS it 'resents hard pruning'.

Frog in Compost

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 18:41

Are we sure it's a frog and not a toad - it's more typical toad behaviour - but even if it is, he's happy there so let him stay


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 18:38

My son did the sound for Paul Young for a big concert - think it was in Morocco - he used to have such a glamorous sounding life - thing is he says he never had time to enjoy it.


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 18:16

Yvie  ((hugs))

re Caravans - you know the competitive ex I was talking about earlier?   He once decided to tow a caravan through central London via Picadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square - when the police stopped him and asked him 'What the h*ck he thought he was doing???" his answer was, 'I like a challenge'.     The police left him in no doubt that unless he followed their instructions immediately he was likely to be lynched by a posse of London cabbies.  We had a police escort out of the city centre and instructions not to do it again!!!   Wonder if Wonky remembers???

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