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Help pls to ID

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 20:47

Get rid unless you like being bitten

leaf curl

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 20:37

Alan.......seems to be prevalent on just about every garden plant/shrub/tree this year ......I have them everywhere............I pick off where I can but it is an endless task..........they perhaps only damage the leaf/leaves they are on and won't have a detrimental effect on the whole plant.........that is my theory anyway........if not true, may as well give up now 

poisonous courgettes

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 20:16

You can get get a mix up occasionally with seed.  I ordered a distinct variety last year and the seeds I received produced various shapes of courgette none of which matched the one I had ordered.  I contacted the supplier and received the correct seeds by return.

I can't imagine you have poisonous fruit ( as you are still alive to tell the tale ) but it would certainly be worth contacting your supplier and explaining your problem .....might save others from a similar experience

Mangetout varieties

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 18:35

Punica......thanks for your response.........different soil to yours.....have been wondering whether to try some SugarSnap next year and see if they do better than the mangetout.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 13:55

Thanks v. much  for the update Rosie

Mangetout varieties

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 19:23

I have been somewhat disappointed this year with my Mangetout "Sweet Horizon".

I'm wondering if anyone has had good results with other varieties.

Thanks in advance

Blackbirds in the mower shed

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 17:59

Congratulations on your eggs Nutcutlet

Heard Thrush singing in the garden a few weeks ago but rarely seen.  They are certainly few and far between these days ( or for me at least  )

GSWoodpeckers are frequent visitors again so suppose I mustn't complain.


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 19:14

Damp and dappled shade..........the flower spikes stand out so much better I find

Grass snake

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:58

  Chickens............give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile   Mine have a good 1/4 of the garden........lots of plants, trees, etc, plenty of dust baths and they still hang around the the gate every pm........what they are after is being let out to hoover up the dropped seed and fat ball bits from the feeders.  They say " we just want to peck the lawn grass " but strangely enough that lasts about 5 seconds and then straight to the feeder patch

Grass snake

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:22's tempting but don't be rash   (tho I think your "want" was tongue in cheek......... natural reaction to Dove's pic).......not everyone stays in the pond all year round......they need the surrounding habitat too  Big ponds, little ponds.......all helps

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 18:35

Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 08:54

Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Last Post: 06/07/2014 at 21:27

Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 21:10

Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Last Post: 16/06/2014 at 08:05

Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 17:00


Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 20:33

Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Last Post: 11/06/2014 at 08:16

Grass snake

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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 19:26 and then

How things change 
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Last Post: 24/05/2014 at 12:13

Cuckoo Spit

First of the season ? 
Replies: 7    Views: 211
Last Post: 04/05/2014 at 09:20

Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 10:37

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

general query 
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Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 11:08

Waterlogged grass/lawn

using RapidGrid to make a path 
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Last Post: 26/02/2014 at 10:40

Kniphofia- Red Hot Pokers

Best type ? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 13:58
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