Dovefromabove


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odd coloured ladybirds

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 09:44

They could be British Natives or Harlequins (although they are ususally slightly bigger than natives).  They both come in various different colours/patterns.  Just a few here

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/jul/22/ladybird-species-harlequin-uk-insects

Friends

ID please

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 09:29

We had one growing over a tree root outside the office - planted by our manager who had a lovely garden   That's the first one I took notice of - I'm hoping to find space for one here when one of our big trees is felled ... as you say Nut, lovely scent

Plant ID Please

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 09:26

Well, we drove through Buckinghamshire on Friday and they didn't attack us!

Look after them Tim - if they survive until next year and flower we may be able to identify them - wouldn't that be fun

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 09:08

Good morning LilyP   We had a lovely holiday thank you

I've heard from Wonky - she and her hub (and upon occasion Papa Womble and a crowd of friends) are busy renovating the basement of the apartment they're moving into any day now.  It's a shame the move couldn't have happened over the summer when she had some time on her hands, but heyho, that's life isn't it?

I'll be over to see her soon as I've some pressies for her from Hosta

Identifying this bulb/seed?

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:49

Isn't Nature wonderful?

Fruit & Vegetable Branding

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:44

Is this a hypothetical hybrid - are you studying botany or marketing?

Keeping hydrangea over winter

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:41

I'd wrap the pot in bubblewrap to protect it from the frost, but the hydrangea will be fine - they're really hardy. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:35

Good morning folks!   I woke and saw a shadow across the moon, think it was around 4.15 - 4.30 ish.  Then I went back to sleep - if I'd opened the blinds I could've watched it from bed but didn't think at the time - doh!

 

 

How to deal with Wood Lice in pots

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:26

Ah, vine weevils are the bane of the gardener's life, whereas woodlice are quite good chaps really, although as Verdun says, they probably nibble a few seedlings etc - they have to eat something don't they   but not enough to make them a pest.

Adult Vine weevils eat notches out of the edges of leaves, like this


 

 The adults look like this


 

 The grubs live in the soil and eat the roots of plants - they particularly love plants in pots and primulas are a favourite, although they'll eat lots of others too.  They look like this


 

 Note the brown head and no legs.  

I use nematodes to treat them and have had good success with quite a large border.  Nematodes are the best way as they are specific to the vine weevils and don't kill beneficial creatures. 

There are some pesticides which can be used in specific situations, but as they contain chemicals that harm beneficial insects like bees and ladybirds they're best avoided or used in carefully controlled situations. 

This is the RHS advice re vine weevils https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=234

Hope that's helpful

Blood moon....

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:15

Well, I woke around 4.15ish and had a look out of the window - there was a shadow across part of the moon - glad I saw it but glad I got back to sleep again.

Brilliant photo Alan   I understand more now than I did Bob, thanks

Oh dear Pdoc ((hugs))

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