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What is this?

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 05:55

The plant looks like a Euphorbia of some sort, and the weird appearance is a type of fasciation (look on RHS website). I've got two Forsythias in customers' gardens where this happens every year to a couple of twigs. The stems become flattened, straplike. It's worth keeping an eye on all sorts of plants for this phenomenon.

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 15:18

Going back to the moth on the lily, I don't think this is a Silver Y (Autographa gamma). Looks a bit like a Privet Hawk Moth, although I can't do much with the photo.


Posted: 23/06/2013 at 13:35

Ask someone at the shop where you bought it.

Problem with Ivy---Hedra helix Goldheart-

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 13:33

It would legally be criminal damage to destroy it, however much you would like to. Approach the landlord in a friendly manner and ask him to remove it from your fence.


Posted: 23/06/2013 at 13:18

Are these human intruders, and if so might there not be a better way? Intruders would only have problems if the plants were 5ft tall and really thick. Not sure that this would be quickly achievable.

Yellow spikey balls on rose leaf

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 13:12

Sounds like it could be Robin's pincushion, which is a gall caused by a gall-wasp Diplopepis rosae. It will turn redder as the summer progresses.

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 12:55

Lavender is very attractive to them.

Bindweed? Knotweed? advice appreciated

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 13:55

You're right, Verdun. I've never been able to work out what it's most like, but that's it. I wouldn't have a career in perfumery!

New turf down, do I need to water when its raining?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 09:10

Yes, you need to keep it wet through to where the roots meet the surface you've laid the turf on. Sun and drying winds at this time of year can dry the turf out without you noticing until it's too late.

Tools we wish were cheaper

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 09:06

I guess your perception is that if you only use each tool for a small number of hours in any year, you may not be getting your money's worth. As I do a number of gardens, some quite large, and some of the work is quite intensive, perhaps I get a clearer view of the value of tools in terms of how much work I get out of them.

I'm convinced that generally you get what you pay for. For instance, I tried to make do with a petrol strimmer that was always on the edge of being inadequate. For another £150 I've got a machine that will easily do everything I want.

It's the same, with reservations, with hand tools. You can buy a spade for a few pounds in Homebase, but it won't be the same as a well-made stainless steel spade costing £30, which will make your work so much easier. The reservation is that some hand tools are made to be pretty or trendy, and can cost far more than they're worth.

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