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Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:27

I doubt it's Leafcutter Bees, mine don't emerge till June, and they need delicate leaves like rose leaves for wrapping up their eggs together with food.

Better rose or whatever for our rose arch???

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:22

Dovefromabove - thanks, interesting video.

Mike

Better rose or whatever for our rose arch???

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:19

Mike Allen, thanks. I'll show this to my wife who is nominally in charge of roses.

Mike

Better rose or whatever for our rose arch???

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:17

Obelixx, thanks.  We obviously need to work on this.

Mike

Better rose or whatever for our rose arch???

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 11:10

Our rose arch (see photo) is 7 feet high and 3' 6" wide.  The rose on it is much too heavy and "woody", with thick trunks and branches, and it is pulling the arch apart. It is also a pain to prune.

We want to uproot it and replace it with a more delicate-looking, thin-stemmed climbing plant, maybe a rose, maybe not, which will either climb round the arch on its own, or will be light, flexible and easy to train round the arch.

-  Flowers preferably yellow, orange or mauve, not red.

-  Long flowering season.

-  Thornless if possible.

Can anyone suggest something, please?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/46087.jpg?width=725&height=350&mode=max

 

How to keep ants off the bird table

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 23:33

I tried wrapping 2" brown packaging tape round the stem, sticky side out.  An ant managed to cross it, just.  Then another.

Then I wrapped 2" duct tape (Duck Tape?) round the stem, sticky side out.

Ants tapped it with one foot and turned back.  I've only seen one ant (there's always a nutter, isn't there?) succeed in crossing it.  Most of them have given up.

I guess it'll lose its "stick" in a few days, and I'll have to replace it.  Do they still sell "fly paper"?  I'll look it up.

Mike

Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 23:25

Thanks Roy - worth watching out for!

Mike

How to keep ants off the bird table

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 08:24
obelixx wrote (see)

Try smearing the post with essential oil of cloves, available from pharmacies and health shops.  They can't stand the smell and won't climb up any more.

Thanks, I'll look into that.

Mike

How to keep ants off the bird table

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 08:23
waterbutts wrote (see)

Ants can't swim so could you put it in a bucket?

LOL. Yes, or I could flood the garden so that the bird table is standing in water.

Mike

How to keep ants off the bird table

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 10:41

The bird table is about 5 foot high and the stem, in one section, is single and square, around 2.5" (62mm) square, so that may be the best area to apply a deterrent, but what?

Not Des O'Connor CDs, presumably?

Yes, I know they do little harm, but they can do it somewhere else.  

Mike

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Better rose or whatever for our rose arch???

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Do any solitary bees use bee houses in August?

 
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Can I move a Buddleia?

 
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Bees in roof, photo, what are they?

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Cats in my flowerbeds

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