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Talkback: Unpleasant plant smells

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 17:08
The response to flower ( any smells really) depends on nerve receptors so some can detect the sweet almond smell in hawthorn from the amygdalin chemical which attracts bees and under that is another chemical called trimethylamine which attracts flies and other insects.

Lamium uses both chemicals too to increase the plant's potential insect visitors. Some people can smell both and some can only smell the amygdaloid. Trimethylamine is the smell of animal decay and infections so count yourself lucky if you can't smell it in blossoms!

Talkback: Unpleasant plant smells

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 12:17
I run the risk of hyperventilating when the garden blooms, inhaling until I am dizzy, but the smell of Crataegus blossom always makes me gurn!

Grass snake in the pond HELP !

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 11:15
We netted our pond at our previous house and had to disentangle grass snakes several times. They curl through the netting then play dead and froth as you snip away the plastic. Oscar winning performances because they all slithered off happily after I cut the last hold of netting. We often found the floppy egg cases in our compost heap.

I live on East Dorset/west Hampshire border and have seen three adders over the last two years on dog walks. Now those we keep a respectful distance from!

Talkback: Scented plants and memory

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 21:34
Carnations remind me of the warm embrace of my grandmother who always clouded her body in talcum.

Violets remind me of my mother and her passion for Parma Violet fondant chocolates. Roses because she soused herself in Joy perfume by Jean Patou.

Freesias remind me of my sister as we carried little white baskets of Freesias as her bridesmaids.

Mint reminds me of my father whose breath smelt minty when I was kissed goodbye at school gates.

Gorse reminds me of beach holidays, not because it grows in the sandy soil but because it smells of coconut and vanilla launch lotion.


Lilies just transport me -just like inhaling the head of a bathed baby , it makes you soar.

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 21:07
Is it a Lantana?

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 16:06
An app to photograph and smart find nearest match for bug (and leaves and flowers) wouldbebrilliant

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 21:54
http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/Insects_enemy.htm Shows each garden enemy in great detail including treatments. Also worth checking out the garden friends insects on the same site. HTH The sites page on weed seedlings images is really helpful in identifying what very young seedlings look like too.

Talkback: Final preparations for Chelsea

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 19:46
Good Luck & Sweet dreams. (Your gigantic balls may leave me a little restless though!)

Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 16:40
Like those other nocturnal nasties these horrors don't like garlic sprayed leaves . A dilute spray of garlic infusion seems to flummox them (as does leaving crushed mint leaves and lavender in the pots later in the summer).

Once the flowers are open though it's squishing 'em that seems the only remedy. I am a little worried by the amount of satisfaction this gives me TIm Burr, she laughed demonically, so you are not alone.

searching for a name

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 19:00
What a lovely idea. How about roses diggingdoris? They have first names you could match and there is even one called Absent Friends and another called Always Remember Me.

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