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pests ID needed please!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 13:32


I'm a bit stupid when it comes to identifying these pests - never had them before.

I'm attaching some photos, in the hope somebody has been there before!

The Rudbeckia was doing so well up until a week ago and most of the leaves are now damaged.

The Hebe has some dried, brown-edged leaves around the outside of the plant mainly and has lost the freshness it had a while ago. same with the 

The rosemary, marjoram, plus some thymes and other smaller shrubs, all have a strange spotty yellow appearance on the leaves.

What's going on?! 

Also, I have been cleaning up those revolting little yellow/green grubs that sit in a little hammock of what looks like spit (!), in the crook of a plant stem, all week - they are everywhere. They hatch into a flying insect I think, but I can't recall the name. Thought they were harmless to plants though? 




japanese acers

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 15:50

Ps: you can also very lightly trim dead tips on acres, without harming them. I usually do this when they are dormant, in autumn after the leaves have dropped. They don't like hard pruning, but you are allowed to take off the odd crossed branch or dead tip 

japanese acers

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 15:48

Agree with Hostafan 100%.

I once chatted to an acer grower-specialist and they told me that as a rough guide, they need reporting every 3-4 years. She also mentioned that if you don't have the space for a larger pot, it's ok to lift them from their existing pot once the leaves have dropped in autumn, trim the roots, then repot in good compost. she also advised me to use seaweed extract feed rather than what I was using (like you), as it helps to rebalance the acidity in its soil, which it will like. They don't like watering with tap water for too long either, as this is too alkaline and reduces the acidity in their soil. Using seaweed apparently restores this acidity balance. Lastly, she advised me to leave a watering can out to collect rainwater in and use this to water my acers in dry spells. Seems to work and they're the happiest I have ever seen them!

jasminium stephanense

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 15:42

Aaaaah, thanks Salino, that has given me hope! Man in garden centre told me to prune it every year - this way before I knew anything about plants  - so it's still rather short...possibly also a reason for no flowers? I haven't touched it for almost 2 years now and it's about 5ft or so - very lush and green.


jasminium stephanense

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 13:39

Mine is on a warm trellis, getting east sun from sunrise onwards, then some west sun for a few hours. It is growing very well, but even though it's 3 years old, it has never produced a single flower. It's in open soil which is free draining and moist, in a large raised flower bed. Protected from strong winds. Why won't it flower? Is it still too young perhaps? Thank you for your thoughts.

Hedgehog Free

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 13:23

Me neither flowering rose - I love them though and would dearly like to encourage them into my garden too, but I fear there isn't enough space or food for them there...and next door both sides have dogs, so can't build any fence hedgehog holes. 

I think this site is wonderful and read it wistfully, imaging the day I can have a hedgehog or two passing through.

What a lovely job you have, OP!


Clematis for a south facing border

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 13:14


To some extent, the colour or variety you choose will depend on what you like best.

There are so many varieties that it's hard to advise you.

I would first have a look at the link above, to get some idea of what type you'd like.

Some are free climbers, some are not and need to be tied. Some need pruning back in February, some not at all.

 Some flower earlier in the year than others.

Perhaps on a 6ft obelisk, a free climbing variety that doesn't need cutting hard back, but just a gentle prune, may work best for you.

Or you could try mixing a montana type type that requires no pruning as such, with another variety that flowers later on and twines over tye earlier flowering one - just to have a bit more interest for longer.

Dwarf apple tree

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 17:54

Thank you both - really useful advice

Dwarf apple tree

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 15:14

Hello all,

My dwarf apple is in its second year in the garden (and about 4 years old overall). 7ft tall or so and has just finished blossoming. I haven't pruned it since it's been in th ground and also didn't pick any apples off it last year - because there were none (it blossomed during the wettest and coldest spring, without a bee in sight, and I think the birds got the couple that made it).

I've given it a good mulch in early spring and it's the picture of happiness right now. I can see loads of tiny burgeoning apples on it. 

At what point ought I cover it with a bird net? which sort of net is best? And when can I take the net off again!

Thanks from a gardener very new to fruit trees!

Dwarf acer palmatum dissectum

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:12

Thanks both 

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