Elizabeth Winstanley

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Strange fungus

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 16:41

Whatever it is it looks nasty and judging by the trouble the tree has caused you with the septic tank and the possibility of it keeling over; I hate to say this but I would be inclined to remove it completely.  It's never a good idea to have tree roots and sewage/water pipes near each other (we may have a similar problem with a Hawthorne).  Apart from the fungus it looks a really nice tree too.

To go onto a slightly different subject I have a Camellia plant in a large pot on a west facing wall which has suddenly developed brown patches on the leaves.  They have appeared within the last couple of days and seem to be spreading rapidly.  The plant had flowered and put on a lot of new growth and was looking very healthy until this happened.  The patches start at the central leaf rib and spread out to the edge of the leaf from there.  Sorry I can't provide photo but has anybody any ideas what it is?

Ash saplings in hedge

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 22:22

My nextdoor neighbour has an Ash Tree in her garden, I seem to have loads.  Panstface is right, they are difficult to remove and if you don't notice them and pull them up straight away you end up like me with an Ash forest.  We are now cutting them down and using SBK on the stems.  I have a similar problem with Hazel but at least that is because I have an Hazel Hedge.

Cucumber Wilt?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 10:28

Thanks Logan & Dorcas, the info has put my mind at rest a bit.  Will try to get them moved this next week.  Haven't done anything, in the garden or out of it, for the last week as I have a throat infection and any exertion starts me coughing for ages.

Talkback: Chickweed

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 13:33

Many moons ago when I worked for MAFF (DEFRA now) 2 small boys brought an Elephant Hawk moth Caterpillar into our office as they thought it might be something nasty like Colerado beetle and were a bit disapointed when I said it wasn't. 

I kept 'Hannibal'  in a large jar, well fed on Rosebay Willow herb and eventually he morphed into the fantastic moth as per nutcutlets photo. I waited until his wings had dried out then released him into the offices grounds.

Cucumber Wilt?

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 13:12

My 5 cucumber Cucino plants are all showing the same thing.  Lower leaves turning brown and crispy at the edges almost as if they had been scorched and the stems on some have shrivelled. 

They have been growing in 3" pots on the windowsill where they were planted as seeds,as health problems have prevented me from making room in the greenhouse for them.  I cannot see any signs of insect damage and no insects on them.

Does this sound like the dreaded wilt?  I don't think I have had this problem before as I have usually had a good crop from my plants, but they have never been allowed to get so big before being put into grow bags in the green house.

Advice and comments welcomed.

Can you identify these plants in my garden?

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 13:57

I agree with you (gg) Lewisia and tradescantia.  I live in Wales and had a couple of Lewisia growing in a wall for 2or 3 years before succumbing to 2 foot of snow.


Posted: 30/01/2015 at 17:40

 Forester2 and donutsmrs  Haven't put my results in yet, but its the same every year, loads of different birds before and after but hardly any when I'm counting.  Even had a Sparrow Hawk perch on the back of a garden chair two days ago. 

large beds

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 17:29

Fabulous photos of your beds. All look very colourful and healthy.

privet and toad stools

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 10:45

I have similar problem. In process of removing 10 yards of 8ft Privet hedge and nearby decking.  Have discovered that the virginia creeper roots  underneath the decking  are slimy and  rotten with clusters of small toadstools growing on them which are yellowy in colour.  It may be something else but I fear the worst.  Will have to cut back to healthy root as creeper itself does not appear to be affected Yet. 

Intending to replace dying privet with chain link fence and grow Ivy up it as that seems to be fairly fungus resistant and I want shelter for the birds.  The decking is being replaced by a flagged patio.  Am going to burn affected hedge/roots on patio area so that might help to kill off and threads/spores etc.

KA Unable to post picture but interested to see if your toad stools look like mine/

caterpillars on broccoli

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 16:51

Could try spraying with Py.  It's a 'natural' pest killer and I've used it in the past  on my brassicas.  Getting 50 or more caterpillars off a leaf to squash them is time consuming and messy.  You don't have to wait before you can harvest fruit and veg either.

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