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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Identify bug?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 18:39

Beetles have chewing mouth parts, whereas bugs pierce and suck their food through a sort of beak which is held underneath the head of the insect when not in use. Beetles' wing cases meet in a neat line along the back, and the front end of the wing cases forms a straight line across the insect. Bugs' wings are much more varied in appearance.

Identify bug?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 10:19

However, it's not a bug (Hemiptera) but a beetle (Coleoptera)

Identify bug?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 10:14


Hadn't thought of Cantharis rustica - you may be right.


Identify bug?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 10:07


Looks like a Cardinal Beetle - Pyrochroa serraticornis. Harmless, lays eggs in old wood. Likes a sunny day on a flower head.


Deadheading RhodedendonDead

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 09:21

The American Rhododendron Society (quoted above) seem to suggest that there are other reasons to do it. I can understand the tidiness argument in certain situations and as a personal preference, but plant health is a diiferent issue. I wonder if the gardeners at Inverewe Gardens and other arboretums with 10 metre high species spend a lot of time precariously swinging about taking off every last seed head.

Deadheading RhodedendonDead

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 17:52

It would be interesting to take the dead flowers off just half the shrub and see whether it made any difference.


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 14:09


You seem to want to use it as a way of implying your credibility (as a gardener, I assume). This would be not far short of immoral and certainly deceitful, since you are using someone else's proven expertise, without their permission, to suggest that your practice is somehow approved by Gardeners' World. How would you explain this to a prospective customer?

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My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 13:56

The key is definitely pale, calming colours, Insomnia. I see what you mean about your green fences. I've used B & Q's 'Oregano' green, and blues with names like 'Forget-me-not'. Other brands are available! Perhaps as an alternative you could paint some openwork trellis panels and fix them to the fence (not continuous, but just to break up the appearance of your existing fence). You would need to decide whether to fix them in landscape or portrait format.

Replanting between leylandii stumps

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 07:48

How old are these leylandiis and what is the diameter of the trunks at ground level?

My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 07:41


Before you go for the red will make your garden seem smaller and not very relaxed. Think about the paler blues and greens. They will expand and brighten your plot. They also show off theplants that you grow in front of them.


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