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New office plant - any ideas?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:32

Perhaps a type of grevillea? Hope someone knows. Quite smart little tree


Sinking turf

Posted: Yesterday at 15:13

I wouldn't disturb it unless absolutely necessary. It will have made some root growth which would be a shame to disturb. Option one - potentially it could be lifted in the low patches in about April, in a damp spell and the dips filled up with some sieved topsoil.

Option two - top dress it thinly in the low patches over the course of the year, starting in about March and let the grass grow through the top dressing until it's a level lawn again. If there aren't too many low bits, I think I'd lift go for the first option. 


Larvae ID

Posted: Yesterday at 13:05

They look like sawfly caterpillars, perhaps the last of the summer broods which normally overwinter as pupae. However, even they don't do much damage other than defoliating roses, gooseberries etc. There are about 400 species!  Could be beetle grubs, of some species or another, probably harmless to live plants and very likely feeding on rotting wood somewhere. They'll have finished growth now and are waiting to pupate before emerging, as something wonderful, in spring.  Either way, they're not wireworm, cockchafer or vine weevil so be pleased!


Evergreen jasmine

Posted: Yesterday at 12:58

It's definitely trachelospermum jasminoides, also called "Star Jasmine".  The leaf colour is completely normal and occurs in the colder months when the plant is, as said, under a bit of stress. That said, it copes easily with it and the plant looks very healthy.  


Bunny Tails Grass

Posted: Yesterday at 12:53

There is a lovely pennisetum, P. alopecuroides 'Little Bunny', which is a tough perennial and, although being clump-forming and not of the same habit as the annual grass, might work, carefully positioned.


Pond in a pot

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 12:33

I've got half barrels, lined or left natural and some of  my water lilies are displayed in a cattle trough. The wildlife with them is amazing, so no worries re the metal. I do make sure there's a perching point for birds and egress for small mammals. The half barrels, if in good condition, don't leak at all after a good soaking, but they are hard to come by at present as they are being recycled by the brewers.


Wild flower meadow

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 12:24

72 plus 35 is 107 which,going by recent news reports, is well within our capabilities nowadays! Certainly don't give up hope!   Many of the plants will flower after the first year and little patches here and there will bring huge amounts of pleasure.  



Posted: 22/01/2017 at 11:18

You're right, I didn't read carefully enough! They're properly identified in my files, I promise! What amazed me is how they managed to fly still coupled.  I suppose it's like the starling flocks and their co-ordination.  Seriously looking forward to sunny days again. Freezing here and no let up yet. 



Posted: 22/01/2017 at 10:05

Here's a couple, 'coupling'. Same species.  I caught them in the act,They flew off, still coupled. How skillful is that?!  H-C

Sad hebe

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 17:12

I reckon it's the cold. Several of the flowerheads of my skimmia and viburnum tinus drooped after that sudden -6 and hebes are New Zealanders after all.  Look at the lower growth. Is it still ok?  If so, I'd wait for the milder weather and trim off the sad bits.  It may just have succumbed to the cold, though.


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