Lyn Plant-Wells

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Yellow leaf on orchid

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 11:24

My orchid was given to me a year ago. I cut it down after flowering (probably not low enough) and it has produced 8 flowers during the past few weeks. A couple of immature blooms fell off soon after watering. I give the plant a soak in rainwater every 4-5 weeks and it has been fine until now (apart from a few white aphids - sprayed for those recently.) I put some orchid feed in the water last time.

The main large leaf has turned yellow. The orchid is kept on the windowsill in my north facing bedroom so plenty of light but no sun.

At present it seems quite dry. Roots at the bottom of the pot are white. It is planted in what appears to be wood chips. I know orchids suffer if overwatered so I do not water too often. I hope the photos help.     

Tiny turquoise granules

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 10:19

Thanks folks. I think it probably is mouse poison. regarding dogs, I never, ever leave food out/unattended although Alice is well trained with the 'leave it' command!  She won't eat anything on the floor unless given permission!


Tiny turquoise granules

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 13:31

They are not slug pellets - they are very hard and don't dissolve at all. 

Tiny turquoise granules

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 12:47

I have found a bag of tiny turquoise granules in my shed, left by previous house owner (no, they are not slug pellets!)  They do not dissolve in water and they are lighter coloured than

slug pellets. Any ideas? Wondered if they may be mouse bait? They look a bit clumped as I dried them after I tried putting some in water in case they're weed killer but, as I said, they don't dissolve.

Last edited: 14 August 2017 12:51:13

Mushroom I D

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 22:00

Thanks. Yes I thought the brown gills were encouraging - bit confused by the grey top with dark centre though. The slightly less mature specimen has pinky-beige gills - not unlike a 'regular' mushroom. Def not a yellow stainer as I already tested it by bruising with my fingernail. I've encountered those blighters before!  These are very big for 'field' mushrooms ? ? Oh dear, do I chance it or not. I usually bottle out and put them in the compost bin if they can't be mistaken - eg like Ink Caps. 

Mushroom I D

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 19:05

Can anyone ID this mushroom found this morning in a semi woodland setting. There were several - some under deciduous trees and some in leaf litter that had become like compost - with pine needles present from a variety of trees (Horseshoe Common, Bournemouth.) I can't see anything like this in Roger Phillips' book of mushrooms/fungi.


Plant ID please

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 15:59

Thanks folks. Yes Pete, it's Lemon Balm!  .  I had a huge clump 3 houses ago so should have recognised it. Swine to get rid of but maybe I shouldn't have!     See link.

The other plant is obviously proving more of a challenge!  Will check out the other suggestions. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 12:43

Just found this in my front garden. I can't pinpoint the scent - maybe like chamomile?  It has minute whitish lavender coloured antirrinum shape flowers.


By the way, my previous mystery plant is growing well! It is producing side shoots/leaves but no sign of buds. I had another suggestion that it might be fig leafed hollyhock but I should mention that the leaves are not smooth & shiny (like rose leaves) but have a very soft velvet texture.  


Posted: 18/07/2017 at 13:41

Hi Thanks FB and DFA.

I have two very large sacks of droppings plus 2 compost bag size. I can get at least one, maybe the two smaller bags in my compost bin. I will damp down the rest and use it in 3 months or so. Maybe we'll get some rain in the meantime! 


Posted: 17/07/2017 at 10:12

( sorry - hadn't finished!)

...... as the sandy soil is very shallow. However, I don't want to risk burning the existing plants and flowers. 

In a normal southern English summer, we would have had more intermittant rain but it has been very hot and dry here. 

See pics of beds. Front garden (pic 1) needs attention - trying to catch up after being away all of June!  .        

Last edited: 17 July 2017 10:16:41

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