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Unidentified cherry pest

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 21:46

I had this pest in my Stella cherry and blackberries last year and hoped it was a one off but sadly it returned this year and having discovered what it is Ive informed Defra. I live in Bexley on the Kent edge of greater London so it seems widespread across the south of the country at least. 

Talkback: Plants for dry shade

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:27

Sorry that should be osmanthus heterophilus (I think!)

Talkback: Plants for dry shade

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:24
I've got a longish fairly dry (my soil is very poor and free draining but I mulch)shady border and I've found that the following have done well for many years. Epimidiums, small dicentras, geranium oxianums, iris foetidus, amemone japonica 'September Charm' (be careful as good soil and moisture and it will run like Linford Christie!), any vincas, euonymus (these really light up a shady corner, are good under shrubs and totally care free),cyclamen neopolitanum (will spread like wildfire) and tiarella cordifolia. I also have big shrubs like ilex, viburnum tinus, mahonia aquifolium, osmanthus heterifolium, Kerria japonica and several rambling roses as well as a clematis Perle d'Azur right at the back that rarely sees water or food and is cut down to about 1 foot each spring yet every year it climbs through the kerria, osmanthus and into a crab apple 'Red Sentinel' and is covered with the most beautiful big lavender blue flowers for weeks. Breathtaking!!

Talkback: Honey bees in gardens

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 18:29
It's not just honey bees we have in Bexleyheath. You should see the huge flock of pied wagtails that live in the shopping centre's ventilation system. They're forming roosts at the moment and can be seen (and heard)every evening as they gather together.

Clematis (again!) Help?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 22:21

There are so many varieties you would be best to Google it and see what they offer.


Jubilee plants

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 02:35

Argeretum is normally used for blue bedding

Rose already in flower

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 02:27

Don't worry.  It's all about pruning.  Last year one of my climbing roses that grows against a south facing cream wall had it's 1st flower on 26th Feb! I'd pruned it quite early in October (I have a lot to do and not much spare time to do it).  It still flowered all summer.  Deadhead back to 2 leaf axils on the flowering stems and feed after each flush.

New arrival

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 02:23

Deffo looks like hemerocallis to me.

Wierd roses

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 02:18

Roses can grow in a variety of ways.  They can grow from seed, cuttings etc. just like any other shrub.  Cuttings will be true but seed will always be variable as most garden roses today are hybrids.  The rootstock is used for consistency and also to establish the size of rose.  For commercial purposes growers need consistent quality and grafting onto a root stock is the only way to ensure this but ordinary cuttings should grow well for us gardeners.


Help identifying please?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 01:59

I think that spelling's wrong!

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