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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 10:15

Edit button times out after 5 mins SGL. Stops some crafty misbehaviour that went on in the past   It means that we have to put up with some misspellings etc, but it's better than being manipulated by trolls. 

Caterpillar ID please

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 09:10

Is my Gables White Rhodo Dead?

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 08:50

A week is a bit short in plant terms to expect to see any improvement. 

Most of us are in the UK but if you post some pictures of your rhodo we'll do our best to make useful suggestions. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 08:37

Good morning all   G'day Pat glad you had a lovely family day. 

Weve had more rain overnight but it's dry now. We're meeting with friends for fish and chips on Cromer beach  so hope it stays dry on the coast at least. 

Have a good walk Fairy 

Last edited: 04 September 2016 08:38:30

hidcote lavender

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 08:30

Sounds like it to me Nut, 18 is very old for a lavender, in my experience. 

Are these rose suckers?

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 22:47

That's the typical growth of a Buff Beauty, "long arching elegant stems". Those stems will grow side branches next season. 

Looking at your photo, I don't think there's enough room there for a Buff Beauty. They're much bigger than most HT roses. 

Name The Poo!!

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 20:46

First poo definitely looks like hedgehog.  The shiny bits will be beetle wing cases 

Not sure about the second ones - they look too large for rats to me. 

Plant ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 20:40
nutcutlet says:

I'm pretty sure it's Salix caprea but I'm 100% sure it's not bay

See original post

 Same here 

Are these rose suckers?

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:37

Counting the number of leaflets will not tell you whether it's a sucker or not.  Older type roses, and some of the newer ones too, which have ramblers and other types in their genetics often have more leaflets.

I've grown Buff Beauty in several gardens - it's a gorgeous rose, a hybrid musk with long arching elegant stems and a fantastic fragrance.  In my gardens its grown to 7/8 ft tall and at least four feet across.  It's a large shrub.  Those aren't suckers - they're healthy new growth which will have the blooms on next year.

Fred Loades is also a large shrub rose.  The new growth on that one doesn't look like sucker growth etiher, just normal new growth.

P.S.  Classic Roses give Buff Beauty's size as five foot x five foot.

I think that's a conservative estimate in my experience.  

Last edited: 03 September 2016 18:39:38

Caterpillar ID please

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:29

If it's rushing around it's likely to be looking for somewhere to pupate.  It needs a dry place near some tallish plats,  with friable soil it can bury itself in. 

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