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Help! - What's eating my Catalpa?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 16:06

Don't move the ladybird larvae - they are in the right place for them - you cannot make that sort of decision like the adult ladybirds did when they laid their eggs.

The larvae will turn into ladybirds very soon.  You are so very lucky to have them - they will keep the number of aphids down in your garden. 

I have never known them to eat leaves, and I cannot find any reference online to them eating leaves.

I think it must be something else eating the leaves.

Do you have any wood pigeons about - they love eating lovely soft tree leaves. 

Morning Glory

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 14:04

Yes, I always nip them off once they've reached the top of their supports. 

You're going to have a fine show there 


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 13:26

OH has been marvellous    he's got the pond sorted and the pond snails and  at least ten frogs appear very happy.  Big  clumps of rush have been divided and re-potted and put back and surrounding rocks rearranged and some primulas planted around (thank you Hosta), and the hornwort has been substantially reduced.  The frogs just sat in the water and we worked around them 

I had to pop up to the GC for a couple more rocks to hide the pond liner once the rushes had been reduced, and I found they had some climbing french bean plants (Blue Lake) looking for a good home.  As the dratted slugs have eaten most of my borlottis I brought them home with me and have planted them around the teepee - we'll have a mix of Blue Lake and borlotti - they're not runners, but after two setbacks, at least they're beans   The rain has just arrived in time to water them in nicely. 

When to prune espalier apples?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 09:14

I've been doing the 'structural' pruning of my espalier pear in the late autumn/winter, but reduce the new growth/fruiting spurs etc in late June.

Cos Lettuce

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 08:14

A photo might be helpful ... some allotmenteers know what they're talking about, but there's always the odd one who doesn't ... 


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 07:37

We have plans to sort the pond out today - some of the marginals need hauling out and splitting up, and the hornwort and water soldier needs reducing too - all without upsetting the frogs and making sure we look after all the snails as well as any others who live in there.

OH says he's going to do it (under instruction) as otherwise I'll fall in and he'll have to rescue me  - he says he'll do it whether it rains or not.  I say it depends how heavy the rain is, as I do't want to stand out there getting soaked 

Honeysuckle doesnt flower

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 07:13

If the buds are forming but dropping off that definitely sounds like drought to me. 


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 07:08
Clarington says:

.....My morning tea tastes rather like the nutritional supplement I feed the dog. Nutty with a hint of floor sweeping...

See original post

 You've tasted it? 

Morning Clari 


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 06:45

Thanks Chicky   Have a good day 


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 06:39

Good morning all 

It was beautiful outside when I got up half an hour ago - now it's clouded over and doesn't look as promising for gardening ...

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