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

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:40

thanks teen.

This was definitely not a wasp, I think it had to be seen to be believed, it was a giant.  I am not frightened of bees (I am of wasps - because of their relentless sting) I got up close because of it being similar to a bee but when I realised how big it was i was frightened

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

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:31

Thanks John. Sorry about the pics, it was flapping around at the time and I was probably a bit shaky as it was big

I had a scout around on the net, thinking it was a hornet, but I am sure it isn't I looked at the different types of hornets and wasps and none of them came close, this had an all black face, furry body, the yellow parts you see near the head was like a yellow fur, wasps and hornets from my recollection are "smooth bodied".

Also at its widest part (excluding wings) it was about 1 inch, it was also acting very dazed and looked like its wings couldn't keep it weight in the air, I took it off of the compost bin and put it in the hedge (the compost bin does have what I think a solitary bee going in and out) 

Can I move a Buddleia?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:08

to add Mike, flower buds have now started appearing and the 3 cuttings I took (by accident as they snapped off when moving) have all took.

My next door neighbour is doing well with all of my cuttings this year


Flowering black bamboo

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:05

I have read that whenever a bamboo flowers, it then dies, not straight away though.  I hope it doesn't  Paul, they are a beautiful specimen

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:01

Your design sounds great and has given me inspiration for my own front garden which is is exactly the same in size and siting.  Acers have such versatile uses, I have 2 varieties and my back garden in a mix of all sorts, for example lots of climbers, acers, fuschias, cannas, gunnera, bamboo (in pots), lillies etc.  

My only suggestion would be to choose an acer that is more suited to shade, this variety prefers full sun, apart from that, go for an acer.

Another thing to think of is, if you intend to look out of a window that is central to the garden, don't plant your focal tree "Acer" in the centre, I had a magnolia when I moved in planted in the centre and it drove me nuts as I felt that it was in the way (also goodness knows why someone planted a magnolia in a north facing facing

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

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 21:53


As said above could someone help me identify this bug?  I seem to think it is some kind of bee.  It was about 2 inches long.  Here are the pics

 I have never seen anything like it before

Tree I.D.

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 13:16

Thank you all, it is definitely a twisted willow.  I must now get her to get it out as it only about 3.5 metres away from the house

Tree I.D.

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 23:23

Thanks Sara, sorry about the picture it is my sisters garden, I've asked her to take a picture of the trunk and a close up of the leaves and send them to me so I can add to the post.

The leaves are too narrow to be a twisted hazel, to be perfectly honest I have never seen another tree like this

Can I move a Buddleia?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 23:19

Hi Mike,

the general rule as said above is to move in autumn or spring, but I did move one of mine about 3 weeks ago, and it is doing fine, just ensure you water well for a good couple of weeks, and get as much root system as possible

Rose help please

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 23:16

Hi Dilly

Roses are very hardy, I agree with John I use phostrogen or tomato feed for mine and they do well.

Did you notice that the rose was grafted, you can usually tell this by seeing a green wax or similar, what is done is that a rose is grafted onto a more vigorous rootstock (2 seperate plants basically).  The reason I ask this is that the long shoots could be "suckers" they are growing from the root stock not the rose that was grafted on, these will not produce any buds. A tell tale sign is that is that if you look at the leaves on the growth are there predominantly 5 leaves or 7, if 7 then its a sucker, another sign that I have learnt is that where you mention you get the odd leaf near the bottom that drops off, this happened to a couple of mine when I first started to grow them, this was the actual rose trying to grow but the nutrients were being taken away by the sucker.

When you replanted the rose you need to ensure that it is planted deep enough to protect the grafting, you tend not to get suckers then either.

Another thing I have learnt with roses is that they prefer and grow better in the ground than in pots.


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