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Fungus on my Acer

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 16:17


Please help me to identify what is happening with my Acer (apologies that the picture appears to have flipped through 90 degrees)

The trunk of the tree (it is only three feet tall but definitely a tree!) is totally covered by an awful looking fungus. However, the canopy is more beautiful than ever and seems totally unaffected.


I would appreciate any advice regarding what is growing on my beautiful tree; what I need to do to remove it (assuming I need to); and whether it is a threat of any sort to the rest of the shrubs and perennials in my small garden.

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 15:52

We have a friendly visiting blackbird - his name is Tony! Not much of a DJ - just like his near namesake!

We also have Williams (the robin), Colin and Colleen (the collared doves) and Harrelson (Wood(y) pigeon).

Finally, any of the cyanistes family that arrive are called politicians - I will leave you to work that one out!

Positioning my greenhouse

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 15:37

Whilst Mrs Moobloon is excited about the new house layout I am finding myself spending hours designing my new garden!

The rear of the house will be a South East (128 degrees) facing oblong with great sunlight in the garden, during summer, from early morning until mid-afternoon (when the sun disappears behind the house). The garden is fenced to five feet on three sides.

i understand consideration being given to power and water but, all things being equal, where is the best position for a greenhouse please?

Weed identification

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 13:28

Thanks both - as you say, very easy to pull and not a major nuisance. I was just concerned that I had been consistently getting rid of something the previous owner had considered a plant!

I will follow your example, Nutcutlet, and let a few grow on.

Weed identification

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:55


The above has been in my garden for several years. I have always treated it as a weed but ....... it isn't an ugly plant and has a unique and not unpleasant strong scent.

I have looked on-line for a matching picture and, whilst there are one or two similar - none seem to match exactly. It produces pink / purple flowers during summer and spreads indiscriminately - however, it is very easy to pull up.

Any advice / information gratefully received!



Bush advice please

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:22

Thanks for all your suggestions and especially to Steve for his additional offer of post planting support! As always the advice on this forum is really appreciated and I will let you know my decision


Bush advice please

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 07:33

We have a small but beautiful garden at the rear of our suburban semi. This year's project, however, is the small (20ft wide by 15ft deep) front garden.

I have spent the winter happily designing and refining the  planting schemes for this space which is currently a gravel covered embarrassment.

The fence line adjoining my neighbours garden (15ft) is my last remaining challenge. We have agreed to replace with a Bush to support wildlife and look better. However I have failed to identify something that will provide a three foot high toe to head Bush that will provide some shelter to local wildlife from the ever Increasing cat population. 

Any ideas gratefully received.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 12:02

Thanks all for your quick responses.

What has been baffling me most is that I haven't seen any caterpillars on the leaves at all. Obviously, there have been lots of butterflies, (and what an absolute pleasure), but I honestly can't see anything eating the leaves.

Maybe they recognise my footsteps heading down the garden and hide in secret places - who knows. The good news is that the plant has flowered as reliably as ever so I suppose it is just a cosmetic thing.

Again, thanks all for your responses. I shall try nasturtiums next year and see if there is a difference.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 22:06

Help please?

I work hard to not use chemicals in my garden and, as a result, have a large range of insects, (I saw my first ever elephant hawk moth catrerpillar today!), and a great range of flowers.

Having just returned from holiday I was delighted to see some red admiral butterflies enjoying my Buddleia flowers - but disappointed to see that the leaves of this great shrub had been turned into lace doylies!

I have examined the leaves and found nothing. Can anybody tell me:

1)  a likely culprit?

2) If this will cause any long term damage to my shrub?


3) Is there a way of stopping this problem naturally (or in a way that doesn't impact my "visitors"?


Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 23:09

Ironically, the day that I posted my Ladybird discussion i returned from the garden to be told that I had a ladybird on my back.

The ladybird in question was extremely pale in colouring and in no mood to hang around.

I use no chemicals in my garden and have aphids on my roses and blackfly on several plants - but no ladybirds.

Can anybody explain to me what is happening with our treasured friends?

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Discussions started by Moobloon

Fungus on my Acer

My beautiful Acer has a problem! 
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Positioning my greenhouse

New garden with lots of options 
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Last Post: 26/04/2014 at 19:45

Weed identification

Is it even a weed? 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 13:28

Bush advice please

recommendations for a suitable bush to act as a separator between neighbouring garden s 
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Lacy leaves on my buddleia 
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Where have all the ladybirds gone?

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