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Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 18:43

Rubber gloves and a pad of wet kitchen roll. Wipe them off and drop the larvae in the bin. The red beetles have laid eggs which have hatched. the black is excrement and the larvae are in the middle of it. They will strip your plant of leaves in a week otherwise.


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 18:35

Well, it was hot, then it went cold and dark and rained. At least it shut the screaming kids over the way up.

Mind you, it was probably a close run thing.. the noise from the shredder or the noisy kids.  (I had ear muffs on)

Sunny again now, but I'm getting hungry. sweet n sour pork and rice I think.

 I need to make a list of spare aquilegias for anyone comimg to Barnsdale.Also I will have rooted buddlejas in pink, white, globosa, or variegated.

Help finding Roscoea

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 17:49

Mine get sun in the morning and late afternoon. They dont like the heat in the middle of the day. They dont like drying out, and they dont like wet feet. They are more likely to freeze in a pot over winter, than in the soil as the tubers are about 6 inches deep.

The RHS did a trial. The report is here.


Perennial Indentification

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 17:13


Perennial Indentification

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 16:18

Or solomans seal?

Perennial Indentification

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 16:10

Acnistus australis comes to mind, but a picture would give us a better idea.

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Which variety of Buddleja would this be ?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 15:56

It will flower on 2 year old wood, so prune out the oldest/thickest stems right to the ground. Don't lollipop it or you will get no flowers next year. Prune out flowered shoots  immediately after flowering.

As to variety.... not virginal, not coronarius aureus, might be belle etoile.??


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 14:57

I'm using an alko 1100. its about 20 year old and has had the blades and hopper replaced after I lent it to a neighbour and it came back broken. 

Its good for twiggy stuff. For long straight stuff I use a bosch quiet shredder which doesn't really shred, it chunks it. Its really good for thick brambles but useless for bitty stuff. I'm putting holly prunings and spirea prunings and the forgetmenots through.



Posted: 10/06/2014 at 13:20

Is it that time already?

Shredding done, compost mixed with grit, I have a bit of potting on to do. Stuff is growing so fast.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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fungi identification please

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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

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Identification needed

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