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Identify these anyone?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 23:38

I bet they are the larvae of something but don't suppose they'll be identifiable until they get bigger. Perhaps you could carefully cut off a leaf with some on, then put it in a jar of water with cotton wool or similar around the neck of the jar to stop them falling in. Enclose the whole lot in a plastic bag with small holes for ventilation. Wait and see what grows. Fascinating!

Identification of climber

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 16:52

Yes, I think they are, but is was the five-lobed leaf that confused me, the one I know has three and looks less robust.

Identification of climber

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 10:22

I am a nidiot! Yes, it's Parthenocissus quinquefolia (virginia creeper). I was thinking of Parthenocissus tricuspidata which I've always called virginia creeper. 

Identification of climber

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 22:22

Don't know what is but sure it isn't a Virginia Creeper,sorry!

ID of plant

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 22:25

Don't know the cultivar name but it looks very similar to the one that grew in the garden when I was a child. We used to call it  the 'mole plant' because, surprise,surprise it was supposed to keep moles away according to a local belief. It didn't. Yes, anyway, it is a euphorbia. Don't get the sap on you - it's nasty!


Posted: 26/06/2012 at 23:37

I do think it may also depend on the variety. I planted 'Marco' (I think!) in October. They grew very well over the winter but did develop signs of rust by the spring. This gradually got worse and I pulled one about 3 weeks ago just to have a look. Pleased to see quite a well formed bulb with several cloves. Decided to leave well alone. Then on Sunday noticed that the tips of the top leaves were drooping much as you'd expect when they're ready so have now harvested the lot and the majority are pretty good. Wish I could remember what varieties I've grown before because I'm sure I've never harvested this early in the past.

Black critters

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 22:34

And if you do decide to use something like Provado read the instructions and warnings very carefully.

Black critters

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 09:40

Hi Bee friendly! You've got blackfly! They love nasturtiums and unless you want to use a pesticide spray the only thing you can really do is 'jet' them off with a blast of water from a hose or sprayer. Some may say use diluted washing up liquid or similar which may work short term but they'll be back!


Posted: 21/06/2012 at 21:46

Thanks, needed cheering up!

Plant identity - any ideas welcome.

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 23:44

Yes, may have changed my mind!

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