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Plum Fruit Moth?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 22:07

The leaves sound mildewed. This is worse when the tree has inadequate water.  Tey leaving a soaker hose running around the tree. It wont help the leaves for this year but may save the fruit.

Bug Identification

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 22:05

Aphids. They suck the sap which is why they are less healthy.


Posted: 24/07/2014 at 20:58

Baby hedgehog was under the patio table at lunchtime. I put him in a box with some water and a few worms in a pot,and he was trying hard to get out. I put him out again and he goes and lies in the sun!!. Def not right. He moves a few inches and then dozes again. When he walks he staggers like hes drunk. I say he,it might be a she. Hard to tell with all the prickles.  Do I put him in the garage in a box overnight to save him from the fox? or let nature take its course?

I make blackcurrant jam by simmering the blackcurrants in a bit of water(minimum amount),for 20mins so the skins are soft, then add equal weight of ordinary granulated sugar, and boil until set is achieved, as checked by jam on cold plate method.

Identify my plant please

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 16:17

Well, I think if I liked it I would have kept it without a name, and If I didn't I'd dig it out even with a name.

Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 16:13

Hmm, If I was going to Mums, I go past it. I could call in and have a look. Most of their plants have labels.

Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 15:52

The leaves are like little holly leaves though.

How about Mitraria coccinea?

Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:30

Desfontainea spinosa?

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 12:20

 It has to be the lilies at the moment. Along with the phlox, they are pumping scent in to the air. Gorgeous on a humid evening.

Advice please for a cuttings newbie!

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 11:23

Below node. 7 cm sq pot , one in each corner, or inividually in deep plug trays.

Multipurpose compost mixed with 25% extra coarse grit, perlite or vermiculite to aid drainage.

Pemstemon, plastic bag or propagator lid. dianthus shouldn't need it. Keep both in shaded position until roots form. Keep out of direct sunlight.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 06:58

I think I'd strike some cuttings now, just in case it doesn't like it. That's an old shrub. Now is a good time for escallonia cuttings.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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fungi identification please

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Last Post: 15/08/2014 at 13:16

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

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.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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