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What pests are these?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 16:28

I am neutral to the chemicals/spray argument so far. If I can avoid them i will but if they are needed then I'll use them. I'll get a bottle of Provado spray tomorrow.

They are a real nuissance because they seem to like the new shoots and flower buds the most.

Sometimes they seem to just like to cause damage for the sake of it. Like in the epicture below where they have nibbled just the side of the stem which has turned black and deformed.


What pests are these?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 12:29

My garden has been doing really well this summer and my roses have been free of the dreaded green aphids as well. However lately there has been some damage to the plants from a little green caterpillar (you can see it in the pictures below). It eats the leaves which end up either with holes or curling up and it also eats the rose buds as well. It seems to enjoy all plants because it has affected my roses, blueberries, redcurrants and acers. Does anyone know what this pest is and how it can be eradicated?



Posted: 31/08/2013 at 22:43

Wow, absolutely gorgeous. KT, has that bamboo been trained to grow that way or does it grow like that naturally? Do you know what variety it is?

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 22:29

Some pictures of the garden.

Before it was covered in grass which was horrible looking and stumps



  And after much work of sifting all the roots from the soil with a shovel and by hand and planting some of the plants that will go in it the garden looks like this:







Posted: 26/08/2013 at 23:48

A few other questions I have are:

What sort of accessories do I need with the lights (transformers, cable, etc)? Can these lights (considering their low voltage) be plugged in a socket inside the house or do they need to be connected to a separate fuse in the fuse box?


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 23:04

I need a few outside lights for my front garden but am not sure which one and where to get them from.

One light needs to be a projector type one that will be installed at the base of an acer tree and prject the light upwards so that the tree only is illuminated. The acer is around 7 foot tall with a foot tall main trunk out of which several sturdy branches grow upwards. I dont think I will need a powerful light for this?

The rest of the garden will be covered in bluebells, snowdrops, and ferns. Is there some sort of lights which project the light horizontally at ground level? Something which produces a kind of foggy murky light?

The idea in my mind is for the acer to have the brighter light going upwards (as a focal point) and a few patches around the garden will have a softer dimmer light so as not to distract from the focal point.

Anyone know what I need and where is the best place to get it from?


Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 22:38

I bought a couple of Redcurrants from B&Q this year and luckily planted them on a big pot rather than the ground. To my horror a few weeks after repotting them a nasty Mare's Tail popped up. Suffice to say I did pluck it about 3 times and it never came up again. It was a young shoot so I must have been lucky as well as lucky that I didnt plant it in the ground. Suffice to say that the redcurrant will never be planted in the ground.

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 22:30

Do the greenhouses need to be cleaned or is that an optional choice? I never thought that a greenhouse frame would be a breeding ground for bacteria.

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 23:02

I'll have a look at Celandine family and see what varietyies are not invasive. Seems like a nice plant and reminds me of my tropical aquarium in which I had a plant called Riccia which formed a lovely lush carpet.

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 00:25

This may be a long shot but does anyone know what the plant that covers the ground in the photo below is called?


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