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Can anyone help identify this plant?

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 19:13

 It grows about 80cm and self seeds, this is a seedling from my nans garden, but she has it growing in the soil and in the cracks between her house and path.

The leaves are green and the flowers stand tall and are daisy like, pale pink in colour.

Thanks in anticipation.

Cordyline Australis "Sundance"

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 08:43

One of my cordyline's is filling with water in the core, is this normal?  If not how can I stop this happening, I'm concerned thatit might rot.


Posted: 02/07/2012 at 08:41

I seem to have lots of mushrooms growing in my garden, not in a specific area, all over.  Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is?  My garden has sunshine all day.

Potato leaves savaged.

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 10:28

Hi all.

One of my potato plants has had all of it leaves savaged, Am I still ok to leave the potatoes in the ground or should I now remove them as there are no leaves left?


Posted: 13/06/2012 at 10:12

They seem to be in abundance this year, I was digging over ther garden yesterday and there was a nest under my pieris.  In the two solar lights near the dahlias, both had nests in so they been moved into the wildlife garden.  Also the amount of red ant nests in my garden in unbelievable, a total of 6 so far this year.



Posted: 13/06/2012 at 09:58

Latest update.

I've been out this morning and found out what the problem is, "earwigs".  I shouldn have thought more about it really, as at the weekend I found a nest of them in a solar light near the affected plants.  I have removed the leaves and the solar lights as they all had earwigs in them.  Any ideas of how to keep these pests away?


Posted: 13/06/2012 at 08:51

Thanks all, one final thing, would it be worth removing the damaged leaves?


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 23:53

Leaf miner sounds more like it, never heard of cutworms (I must research them)

BOB - yes the structure is intact but green material is being eaten,that is some of the damage, the other damage looks like caterpillar but no signs.

It's definitely not slugs or snails, there have been signs but I do checks am and pm, and use slug bait and traps.


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 21:50

I have the occasional pigeon that visits the garden, but not where the dahlias are, they tend to stay at the bottom of the garden where the feeders are and that way they are a safe distance from the cat and English BullMastiff.  I'm not really sure when the damage happens, I've just noticed it over the last couple of weeks, if it's any help the same is happening to the delphiniums nearby.


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 21:12

Hi all.  I have a dilemma on my hands.  My dahlias are being savaged by a mysterious pest. It is not slugs, I've checked for caterpillars and cannot find any, does anyone know what it could be?  Holes are being left in the leaves, some even savaged, the holes look like the wings of a lacewing.  Thanks

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