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Altering a Pond

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 09:36
I wouldn't be too quick to blame the loss of frog spawn on the fish alone Whippet. Newts also relish the spawn of both frogs and fish.

Bean plant leaves are yellow. Even the beans are yellow

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:21

Yellow Wax beans perhaps ?

Dumb Cane

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:03

A too dry atmosphere  perhaps ?  You could try misting the leaves.

Advice on climber and willow screen

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 18:58

Virginia creeper can be quite rampant.  It will cling happily to your willow screen and will probably grow though it as well.  When you come to prune your creeper ( as you surely will ), the willow screen will be  difficult to free from the creeper.

Either plant something more "gentle" - such as a Clematis but not Montana - or use the screen as a backdrop for some tall planting .

I imagine how soon you need to replace the screen will depend on the wear and tear it gets.


water plants

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 09:40

Are you sinking the bath in the soil Gran ?  If not, I'd make sure you have plenty of planting around the outside too.  If the sun ( should we have any of course ! ) can reach the exposed metal, you will find the water could get rather warm rather quickly.


Posted: 22/07/2015 at 15:04

I don't know what Golden Crests are but if they are large shrubs/trees, I would imagine they will take all moisture and goodness from the soil.  I've always had all sorts growing close to my yuccas so maybe you need to check your soil condition

Potato Vine

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 10:31

I think you have a Solanum ?  I wouldn't try eating any part of it

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 10:11

Charlie.....thanks for letting me know

white flower seed

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 10:08

I have some Hesperis matronalis..........biennial, scented.  Gets quite large.  Foxgloves which aren't pure white....just a touch of cream to them. 

anyone know what type of caterpillar this is please

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 17:44

If you are sure it is a baddie, pick them off  and put  somewhere for the birds.  If unsure, put in a container with leaves from the plant  (keep topping up ) and see what it turns into.

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