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tiny grub nestling in frothy saliva 'nest'!

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 22:06

oooooh! you're all so knowledgable!

so if they're harmless to the plants  (must be a first in my pest-ridden garden) should I be ecofriendly and leave them be?!

tiny grub nestling in frothy saliva 'nest'!

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 21:08

I've just found a few of these in my London garden - they are pale green/yellowish and about 2mm long. I think they are grubs or caterpillars...I only noticed them at all because they seem to exude a weird, frothy spit-like substance in which they sit, if that makes sense, usually in the join of two branches (noticed them in my shrub roses and sedum green roof mainly).

I propmptly squished them in disgust.

What are they?

dark leaved evergreen shrub needed

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:47

Oh wow Verdun - I'm off to do some serious googling! Thank you

Cotinus is amazing, but I'm worried that I may not be able to control it as I'm away for much of the Summer...may return to find a baobab tree in my garden.

Hadn't thought of hebes - good idea too.

I have some purple heucheras which I love...Tom Thumb is probably the best option as it's not too massive and I have another pittosphorum close by too. I love the fact it's evergreen - in such a tiny garden that's so important or things look a bit bleak come December.

Thanks again

dark leaved evergreen shrub needed

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:28

It's a verry shallow border, bordering plum slate. Raised flower bed one side, small buddleja the other and a dwarf apple tree.

Pretty good soil - heavy clay mixed in with lots of well-rotted stuff, so very free draining and rich. Just been mulched too. 

No idea what pH but roses love it.

Ideally looking for something that has a very striking deep plum/burgundy/maroon leaf, possibly evergreen, but not anything spikey like berberis as kids running about nearby. 

A gorgeous Cotinus (Smoke Bush) caught my eye today and that's just the colour I want, but grows up to 5m so that put me off a bit (my garden is only 6mx6m urban, so I need a bush that won't invade and will grow quite compact, perhaps no more than 1m or so)

Can a Cotinus be cut back a lot to keep it in check, or is there something even better out there I know nothing about?! (very likely, as my knowledge isn't vast!)

Exposure: bit of early east sun, then sun again from about midday to 2ish. Protected, against a fence in a walled garden.

Thank you


Identify plant

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 22:58

cow parsley, maybe??


Posted: 08/06/2013 at 15:25


Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:10

There's a good wonderboy - not a football analogy in sight 

But returning to plants and stuff - yes, sequestered iron is good, as is liquid seaweed feed.

school garden

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:07


school garden

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:06

Ps: define "toxic" - how much, how little, airborn, touch, by ingestion - what exactly?!

drat and curses to this hot sunny weather

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:03

Verdun - have you completely taken leave of your senses?!

It's ok - rain forecast for next week

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