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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:54

I do too Dove - not noticed any here yet. Fascinating little creatures and completely harmless. My oldest daughter loved looking at them when she was little 

hornbeam leaves being eaten?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:38

Hi Simon - it looks like caterpillar damage, although I don't know which one. Have you noticed any caterpillars on it?  Hornbeam is usually fairly trouble free. I'd expect a mature hedge like yours would be able to withstand a bit of damage though.


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:20

It's mainly been that fine stuff Joyce - but obviously been on for several hours through the night and still on when I got up. It was quite steady at that point.  Off now, but there's a good inch or so in an empty pot under my bench, and the little bird bath is pretty full - it's about 3/4" deep.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:12

I know what you mean Wonks. It's all very well the blurb saying 'grows to around 1 metre' or whatever, but it isn't always the case, as you've found out!  

Getting to know your plot and conditions is all part of it too. Always a learning curve.

Doesn't help if you buy wrongly named plants either - as I've just realised with the Philadelphus I've got...  

Watering newly planted Honeysuckle

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:08

It's one of those tricky things Sheps - watering any  new plant - and it often comes down to experience.

A thorough soaking on planting, then weekly or thereabouts in dry spells ( theoretically this time of year)  unless it's pouring with rain. As yours are in raised beds, they may dry out more quickly, so if the soil feels very dry when you stick your fingers in, you may need to soak them every few days.   A mulch will also help prevent the soil drying out. You just have to judge by how the plant looks as well.

Honeysuckle is a woodland plant and likes shade below and reasonably damp soil so you may have to water more often. It depends what you filled the beds with too - you need a reasonable amount of soil rather than compost to help retain moisture. 

Your garden

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:52

Ppauper - I just had a google too in case I'd seen something else and not a PL. It seems we now get Commas up here and it's possible it could have been that. I didn't see it closely either - just enough to see the paler orange and I made an assumption. I thought it was early to be seeing any of the usual suspects but it has been warmer here than normal. I'd be really excited if it was a Comma  


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:47

Morning all/afties Pat. You've had a productive day  

Dreich here too but the right kind of rain for the garden and long overdue. As long as they remember to turn the tap off again...

Hosta - did you sew all the sequins on yourself? 

Glad all went well for you yesterday BL, if you look in - great that the weather stayed fair 

Hope DD's day goes well too. I'm sure everyone will love it. 

Hope you have a good trip T'bird-although you've probably gone by now....

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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:42

I was about to say - that's a very pristine hosta Joybell!

I've had them in metal pots before to prevent slug and snail damage and it works well. They would mainly be in the shade anyway and they don't overheat here generally. 

Lovely foxgloves. 

Wonks - arranging and sketching is all part of the fun. I seem to do more planning than actual 'doing' these days...  

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:36

I largely stayed out of the previous thread as it rapidly descended into personal attacks on a valued member of the forum, with many bitchy, patronising comments, so my heart sank when I saw yet another thread on this topic.

History has a habit of repeating itself.... 

Your garden

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:28

Forget begonias and welcome the blackbirds Kate - much more pleasant to have in the garden  

ppauper - I spotted a painted lady the other day - first I've seen in this new garden. They're quite like a tortoiseshell, but the black and white markings are arranged differently. Across the 'corners' of the wings (like  Red Admirals' markings but paler) and right round the perimeter.     

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