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Another Plant ID please

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 17:05

It will take over. You need to get every bit out.

Magnolia Tree

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 16:58

As far as I know most Mongolias  prefer acid soil as well.

Bumble bees

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 19:18

I have bumblebees nearly every year in my garden. I love to watch them come and go. They are totally harmless if you leave them be. I once was gardening in front of the entrance hole and observed them circling around me to make sure I was not a threat. Enjoy don't destroy.


Posted: 12/05/2016 at 18:51

Hi there, I have had a wonderful week in my garden and while doing a bit of weeding etc. I come across empty snail shells small and full grown. I like to think the frogs and birds have eaten them, but I often wonder about the smaller one. Does the shell grow with the snail or do they vacate it similar to hermit crabs for a bigger one? I am intrigued !! Anyone know?

frog mortality

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 07:53

After my bulletin yesterday I am very pleased to say whilst doing a bit of weeding near my pond I managed to spot 5 frogs hiding in the pond plants and all appeared to be healthy. Heres keeping my fingers crossed. 

I had a look at images of the chytrid disease Sanje and they do not look anything like my dead ones. Apparently it is a problem mainly around rainforest areas and other hot countries where some have even become extinct. Lets hope it never arrives here!

frog mortality

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 08:15

I have just removed another dead frog. I have one remaining live but I could see he was not a well frog. His skin was patchy and a pale on parts of his body and he occasionally wreched forward  like a human does when trying to swallow something unpleasant. I think I will find him dead soon. I thought for a short while the spawn appeared to doing ok but at appears to have disintegrated, no hatched taddies. I had a large tadpole from last year and that has gone also. I don't know how to cope with this, my pond has also got newts and lots of water snails. the last thing I want to do is drain it and start again. This all depends on whether the disease is airbourn or not. All I can hope is that with no frogs the disease will run its course and go. I will search for this disease Sanji, thank you, and see if the symptoms fit.

Euonymus - recently moved, now turning red

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 08:55

Hi, Is there anyone can advise me? I am beginning to think I have a disease affecting many of plants and shrubs. The leaves start to go brown and die (but not the plant)or curl up. Last year my  sweet peas looked very healthy but then started with the very tips of the plant and new buds dying back. I have heard Epsom salts as a folder spray can help fortify plants and make them stronger and more resistant but I am not sure if it would cure this I neither have the energy or the finance to replace affected plants and I know there are many diseases out there. I garden organically so chemicals are out of the question. Any help would be much appreciated.

frog mortality

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:12

Thank you Ame. How horrible for you Pam finding your toads like that. I hope the virus David Attenborough was talking about is not the one hitting our frogs.


Update on new wildlife pond

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:34

Hi Esspee, Don,t think you need to worry. I have watched tadpoles and see most of them chomping around the side of my pond. I think they also thrive on algae unseen to our eyes. The same way my water snails do(which miraculously seem to come from nowhere! Just make sure you have enough oxygenating plants and the pond will look after itself. A word of warning though. In a spell of very dry weather, NEVER top up with tap water. Use water from a water butt. Good luck and enjoy all the tiny critters that will inhabit very soon.

frog mortality

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:18

AHAA! All is not lost!! Have just had a quick look round ny pond. The rain and wind over the last couple of days have swished the spawn aroud a bit to reveal some taddies from the centre and they appear to be growing. Will keep an eye on them.

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