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Posted: 03/06/2014 at 13:13

Verdun - your rain's come here - I'm sending it back 

We were just eating lunch in the dining room when we saw a butterfly on the window - I went out to have a proper look - it was a Comma - not seen one in this garden before 

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 13:10

If you click and zoom on my pic you'll see that  'my' caterpillar has 4 yellow hairy spots - two are very bright and two are quite dull - I wonder whether they will brighten 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 12:23

Yes, cranberry juice is a good idea - Pa has a catheter and used to get lots of infections - now he has cranberry juice every day and hasn't had a UTI for ages. 

Diseases of trees and shrubs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 11:28

TLC OL, food and water - most oldies don't have enough of either if they're left to their own devices - humans and fruit trees that is 

What to do with indoor Stargazer Lily

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 11:26

We have them in a big pot on our terrace, and in the evenings we can smell them when we're sitting indoors - fantastic 

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 11:25

This little chap is happily munching my new rose bush leaves - there are plenty so I don't think that's going to be a problem - I think it might be the caterpillar of the Vapourer moth.  

Can anyone confirm this please?




Posted: 03/06/2014 at 11:04

There was a time when I wore 3" heels for work, and then huge platforms and maternity smocks - now I seem to have someone else's feet and they don't fit in the sort of shoes I used to wear 

Anyway, Crocs are fine for gardening, on the days when I wear any shoes at all 

I got the front lawn mowed this morning before it started drizzling - it's looking quite good except for the holes where I had to dig out huge clumps of hawkweed - but hopefully a little topsoil and some seed will sort them out. 

I'm visiting my daughter tomorrow and taking a load of plants for the residents of the Mencap bungalow where she works - she's getting them all keen on growing their own food so tomato and courgette plants are top of the list, and some herbs.  I'm going to get them packed in boxes today in case it's tipping down when I leave tomorrow. 

Diseases of trees and shrubs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 10:57

Steve, I used to live in a village surrounded by commercial orchards and fruit growers so when my fruit trees needed pruning a very knowledgeable and experienced chap in the village would do them for me - now I'm having to learn how to do it myself - John Cushnie's book How to Prune is my bible 

Diseases of trees and shrubs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 10:01

My gut feeling, without seeing the trees, is that it's not a spray that the trees need - you've done half the job by removing conifers and allowing sunlight and fresh air to get to them.  The conifers will also have dried out the soil and robbed it of nutrients.

Remove grass and other plants from around each tree trunk leaving bare earth diam. 3ft.  Feed with Fish Blood & Bone (according to directions on pack) now, again in August and October.  Watering it in (3 buckets full per tree) and mulching each tree with organic material, well-rotted manure, garden compost etc.  Don't let it touch the tree trunks. 

Prune out any dead, diseased or crossing branches to open them out and let the air get to the centre of the trees.  Do the pruning this month and this will help avoid any plum or cherry trees from contracting silver leaf disease.

This will enable the trees to grow healthily and they'll be more resistant to any pests and diseased there are around.

I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than me will come along soon and give you more specific pruning advice to encourage fruiting etc. 

Hope that's helpful 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 08:17

Have a good morning Panda - see you this afternoon 

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