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Droopy lavender and oregano

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 17:58

I always cover transplanted items with fleece or plastic, (if it is hot and sunny), removing the protection when the plant looks happy.  As for the slugs........I'm the last person to give advice about these.  I've tried broken eggshells, wool, sharp sand, beer traps, slug pellets, nighttime collection and the little lighters always return.  Good luck!

unknown fruit seed

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:20

Does the foliage have a distinctive smell when crushed?

Sad day for British Bees

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:17

My garden has never been so full of bees.   I reckon that through time I have graduated from showy double flowers to simple bee friendly food sources.  Perhaps we should all go back to nature.

Which Plant would you like to be?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:13

I've always said that when reincarnated I would like to come back as a tree.  I'm not too fussy about the species.  Something native and deciduous placed in the open so that I could grow and spread my branches.  

What about you Bushman2?

Leylandii bush help

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:05

Yes Lyn I agree with you.  Looks like someone has trimmed it hard back not realising that unlike say privet, box or yew if you hack into the old wood this monster won't regenerate.  Removal is the only way to go.  

anyone know what type of caterpillar this is please

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 19:00

The next year I removed them by hand with a soapy cloth, cut the stems right back after the flowers faded and have never had the same level of infestation again though when cutting back this year I noticed some leaves had been nibbled.  I'll keep a watch out next spring to ensure the problem is not returning.

Can bramble push through mulch?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 18:48

Why not make some nesting boxes to give protection for next year.  

mystery plant

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 17:19


mystery plant

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 17:17

The photo is very blurry as you said but it looks like a wild orchid to me.  Lucky you.

anyone know what type of caterpillar this is please

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 17:10

Many moons ago I watched over a squadron of caterpillars on my Solomon's Seal, delighted that I would eventually have a garden full of beautiful butterflies.  It turned out to be the Solomon's Seal Sawfly which stripped the plants bare then vanished.  The little blighters exist to reproduce and defoliate but apart from that they have no known contribution to nature.

Hope you find out what your guest will grow up to become.   

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