Magical Meerkat

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Funny little spiders on my Dahlia

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:02

They are definitely look like black aphids to me. Have a little search on google, aphids do have little antennae and they do wander a bit. I think that mites also have 8 legs.


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 15:38

That's ok. Yeah sadly not many people get the chance to hear them anymore due to their decline. I heard one for the first time in my garden a few weeks ago, a beautiful sound.


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 11:28

Hi Forester2, yep I notice it every time it's on, it's songthrush

Tomato pest

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:23

You can just move the caterpillars to another part of the garden, they will eat lots of other plants. It's called a Bright-Line Brown-Eye moth, they just have a rather fond taste of tomatoes.


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:18

Yeah, I started the love them after visiting Knoll Gardens in Dorset, have you been there? you will love it! They specialise in grasses it's beautiful. I bought Villosum last year and they amazing fluffy heads are looking stunning

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 21:03

We've tried tumbling toms this year and they are watery, we've always grown gardeners delight and they are delicious.

bug problem on herbs

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:58

I have lots of these to, but they are soldier beetles, not cardinals. Look at this link, they are still good guys though.


Gardeners World Lavender

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:54

I tried digging up a burying a straggly one deeper ins spring, thought it was worth a trial and it worked all the new growth is bushy out. They really don't like being cut back hard.


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:38

I have have Red Baron, Stipa Arundinacea and Pennisetum Villosum. I love grasses and the way the move in the wind, I have even left a large patch of the lawn to grow and it is stunning in the sun the flower heads are a golden orange at the moment!

I know the stipa, seeds everywhere, but it is perfect for my really really dry sandy soil, and I have given lots of free plants away to friends and family.

Bees in my compost

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:29

I think you bees are actually tree bumblebees, look them up they are our only bumble with a orange thorax and a white tail.. They like to nest in bee boxes to,   cuckoo bees take over a bumblebee nest and don't have workers, so wouldn't have many going in and out and foraging to bring in supplies.

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Aeoniums when to bring inside

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Need advice on how to secure our gate! 
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Tomato variety suggestions

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Does anyone have one of these? 
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Plant ID and weed help?

Grass growing amongst plants 
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Are there any good snails?

Do all snails eat plants? 
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Ahhhhh Goosebeery sawfly are back!

organic solutions please 
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Lavender ID

Which lavender is this please? 
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Creeping Lemon Thyme

Reverted, need help 
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What Lithodora is this?

Bought in the sale, no label 
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Young Pear Tree Help!

First year flowering, should I remove? 
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Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Just found this in the garden, can someone help me Id the poo? 
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Where to put greenhouse?

Just been given free greenhouse! 
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Water butt advice

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