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Latest posts by mdw84

Acer Problems

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 23:02

Hi legion.

did you have moss growing in the top of your acer pots? If so, don't remove it, I have done this on more than one occasion and the trees really don't like it, it does act as a shading to the soil.

lack of water and wind is a massive problem to acers, use a pot saucer and to use other plants or object to shelter from wind.  Some varieties don't mind a lot of sun as long as they have plenty of water and acidic soil.

very fast growing shrubs!?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 22:50

Hi Sam.

get yourself a couple of cytisus x spachianus shrubs. I bought one 3 years ago this summer, it was a foot tall and is now 2 metres high by 2 wide at its widest part, I do prune it, and it would probably be another metre high if the snow last spring didn't snap the top off. It has yellow fragrant flowers, if supposed to be spring flowering but mine flowers all year including winter.

cat deterent

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 21:26

Hi Valerie.

i was wondering what sort of garden you have, for example brick walls, hedges etc?

to stop the cats in my garden I have fixed a hardwood trellis to the brick wall (my side of the wall not the top of the wall) cats and foxes will not jump into somewhere they can't get out of quickly enough. It's worked for me.

i actually own a cat, but also own a dog that doesn't like the cat to be in the back garden as he's a little dumb and doesnt realise it's our cat

Flies & Ladybirds!

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 20:05

To get lots of ladybirds, plant a cytisus x spachianus, mine is covered in ladybirds at the moment. The advantages of this plant too are drought tolerant, isn't fussed on soil really and grows very quickly and tall. Mine is almost 2 metres tall at 3 years old

Solar powered water feature

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 19:42


I have spent endless amounts on solar lights, from £1 each to solar copper spotlights at £40 a pair and they were good for just over a year so have now opted to putting mains lights in, £7 each and £3 led bulb and installed them myself, I'm no expert with electrics but managed to do it. Give it a go it makes such a difference.

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

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 22:27

Thanks Farmageddun.  Although I am still not convinced it is. 

MANDY - It does look more like the short haired but to me is bigger than the pictures I've seen, do you (everyone) think I should reply to NHM saying I don't think it is?


Posted: 13/08/2013 at 23:49

Panda  - Prune as pruning group 7 on RHS site



Posted: 13/08/2013 at 23:01

Thanks all, a very quick response.  My neighbour will be pleased as am I

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

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 22:40

Hi all

A quick update, NHM got back to me and stated that they thought it was an elderly carder bee.  hmmmm???

Thanks for all of your help


Posted: 13/08/2013 at 22:35

Hi all

I was wondering whether you could help me identify this tree, it is growing in my neighbours garden, I have dug up a seedling and would love to know what the tree is, the leaves are very soft




Discussions started by mdw84

Bug id

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Plant ID

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Plant ID in my aunts garden

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Plant ID (geum/buttercup)

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Plant ID please

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

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Tree I.D.

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Lily buds that have gone brown and dried

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Tree Lily that snapped off

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Begonia Million Kisses

pink and white bloom 
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Stirling Silver Rose

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Passion Flower - white lightning

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Garden Paint?

Is there a substitute to 
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