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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.


Lily buds that have gone brown and dried

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 23:02

Thanks all, the strange thing is that not all of the lilies in the pot have had their buds dry out. 

Thanks Bob I have cheked for vine weevil and larvae and there is no sign

Tree I.D.

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 22:57

Evening all,

could anyone help with the identification of the following tree?

It is a weeping variety, is not broad leafed and doesn't have any noticable flowers.  The weeping branches are also slightly wavey branches

Thank you in advance


Lily buds that have gone brown and dried

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 19:46

Hi Dove

No they started to go brown before this weather, the soil is kept moist

Lily buds that have gone brown and dried

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 21:50

Hi all,

I have a lot of lilies in my garden and my tree lilies are fine, but some of my orientals buds have gone brown and dried, I cannot see any sign of aphids, thrips, etc.  DOes anyone have any ideas of what is wrong?



Tree Lily that snapped off

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 21:48

This is my second year at growing the tree lilies of which they are fantastic (although fragrance is far too powerful for a house).

Due to renovations I had to move the bulbs at the beginning of this year so are in pots for this year, unfortunately when digging two of them out of which were planted deep I broke the stem off, (the stem did have a few anchoring roots) I planted them and they have grown about 6 - 6.5ft and have healthy foliage and buds, my questions is what do I do with them this year, will there be a bulb to store or will it dissintegrate? 

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