John Harding

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Posted: 24/07/2013 at 13:54

Sure fire way of detering cats: go to local zoo and get some lion dung and spread it around the garden - particularly around the perimeter!  Cats will be too scared to come into the garden (in-built self preservation instincts!)

Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 12:44

Hi Nutcutlet,

Have been out all morning & just come in & logged on. I agree it is a sawfly. This is a pic I have just taken off Google images. not my pic: copyright is for 'A Dale' but that detail hasn't shown for some reason.


I had one lay its eggs on one of my gooseberry bushes a few years ago. You wouldn't believe how quickly a batch of sawfly grubs can consume every piece of foliage on a bush.

Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:13

Bit blurred but that looks like a hornet. They attack bees in their hives but a solitary one will get smothered very quickly by the bees, many of which will die in the process. The bees create a temperature the hornet cannot survive in but having found a bees hive, if it escapes will bring all its relatives along which the bees can't fight against.

black fly

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 17:13

Aphids can be the cause of honeydew fungus on some plants. They secrete a sticky substance that adheres to the leaves of the plant below them. This then turns black as the fungus takes a hold. I tend to use a hose, support the plant with my fingers and wash the apids off. Have let them alone on my runner beans this year as there are plenty of ladybird larvae on the plants and I don't want them to go hungry. They're certainly keeping their numbers down!

Yellow spikey balls on rose leaf

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 17:02

Ladybird Larvae are blck with white markings - at least the Brit ones are.

Im a idiot!

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 16:59

Felco are among the best quality around and have been for decades. I used to manage a hand tools shop back in the 70/80s and Felco were the only brand that was copied by an inferior company (Fedco) trading on the Felco name that I knew of. I couldn't afford Felco in those days (even at trade price) so when I saw a brand new set of Felco 2 in its original packet in a 'Secondhand Shop' the type of shop that does house clearances, and priced at £7.50 I walked in and offered £5.00 for them and the guy accepted my offer (obviously had no idea what they were or how much retail price was and hadn't done any research!). I've had them now since 1986 and wouldn't part with them BUT: I do have large hands and a strong grip and they suit me fine. Like FG we do have a pair of Wilkinson Sword which are Eileen's (OH) favourites being somewhat smaller and easier for her to handle.

can anyone tell me what this plant is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 12:40

Can't enlarge the picture as the file size is already set at max but they look like Erymurus (Fox Tail Lilies) to me.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 12:35

Loads of spare space for more pots there that I can see: A few 'Spur' shelving rails screwed to the wall, some 12" brackets clipped in (all adjustable for varying height requirements) and some pieces of decking board & Hey Presto - loads more space!

If you can't go outwards go upwards, though Bev might need to get planning permission to go higher than 2 metres! 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 07:21

Typical Royal Male: delivered a week late!

Rose help please

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 22:39

Previous comments seem sound enough to me but feeding with Miracle Grow every 10 days? Could be you are a). using the wrong fertiliser and b). giving it too much too often. Miracle Grow (I think - [not one I normally use I have to say] ) is a nitrogen feed. This will like as not put on plenty of foliage but not encourage flowering. Try switching to a dedicated rose feed but follow the instructions carefully - too much can be as detrimental to the plant as none at all.

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