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Great Diving Beetle

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:23
FloBear wrote (see)

Dragonfly nymphs are also voracious predators, by the way.

And so are everything else.  Fish will eat their young and we once put 40 koi fry in a seperate tank together and a few hours later there was just one fry left - which was fatter.  So I guess it's up to Jeanne F to decide what should stay and what should go.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 22:45

First one I think is definitely speedwell.  Second one looks like a poppy coming but not sure and haven't a clue about the third. Would be interested to know though.  Some weeds (wild flowers) are really nice and I've a tufted vetch growing through my rosemary which is really pretty so I've left it. 

I love nasturtiums.  Great to put the flowers in salads.  I remember being given seeds at school when I was a littl'un and growing them at home - many many years ago. 

Growing Blueberries

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 20:52

Hi Pybarlow,

I'm not an expert but I do grow blueberries.  First, I don't let them have the sun directly on them.  They don't like it.  Dappled shade is best as their leaves can be scorched.  I have grown them in pots until this year and as they survived our harsh winter without protection I decided to put them in the ground.  They like a slightly acid soil and they like moisture.  Their roots are quite near the surface so once planted and well watered they should be mulched.  I use pine needles and shredded pine bark.

I never water with tap water.  They don't like the lime content.  When our water butts get dry - which they do - I don't water them at all. 

As soon as they have finished flowering I cover them with fleece so that the birds don't pick off the developing fruits.  I keep them covered until the last fruit is picked. 

I don't prune them until they are in their third year and then I prune out the old wood but make sure there are at least four to five good strong stems for the following year.

If your bought plants are not doing anything then there's a problem which may be solved by following the above advice.  You said you planted them in the right compost - what was that?  I just use ordinary garden soil with some mulched pine needles incorporated.


Hope this helps.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 20:28

I'm blowing.........................

Great Diving Beetle

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 20:26

Quite agree, Dovefromabove, but Jeanne has a small pond and if she wants anything to thrive then there has to be some intervention.  It's ok to let nature take its course when there's space for it to do so, but who wants a small pond full of nothing?   Hubs and I have had ponds for years - big ones, small ones, natural ones and specialist ones and one thing is certain, if you let one thing dominate you'll end up with an uninteresting pond.

I'm sure you wouldn't let natural plants (weeds) do their thing in your flower beds without intervention.  Just because they don't get up and swim or crawl about doesn't make them less of a pest.


July in the garden!!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 06:11

Sorry UK but we (France) are having beautiful weather although the temperatures are down from the norm.  Hovering around 25 degrees (78 F) instead of the 30s we had last week. Showers forecast from tomorrow for a few days.

Just harvested first crop of cabbage, carrots, beetroot and broccoli almost ready.  Haricot Vert every day in shed loads.  Borlotti beans a disaster - none this year.  Blueberries finished but Boysenberries set. Courgettes coming along nicely.  Everything else slightly behind but Butternut Squash on the march.  Tomatoes and peppers in tunnel are in flower. Lucky Muddy Mare to have some.

No flowers on lots of established geraniums this year.  No cherries, plums or pears but have apples.

Annuals all in and some in flower. 

All early flowering shrubs finished except for privet.  The only Buddleia which survived the winter growing rapidly now. Lots of perrenials finishing now except for the salvias and a couple of later flowering ones.  Dahlias in full bloom and very tall this year.  (I keep them in the ground over winter but cover them with ash and mulch - we do get minus 15 to minus 20 so it's a risk)

Sowing seed this week on large flower bed going back to grass as can't cope with large garden now. 

Weeds rampant.

No ladybirds. 

I wish we had smella-forum.  Those roses look gorgeous. 

I'm sorry everyone is wet in UK.  We've a spare room if you need a break from it

Great Diving Beetle

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 19:25

No, the second photo is the dragonfly larvae.  I probably didn't make it clear when I said "beetle first and then dragonfly", meaning the order of the photos.  Both are difficult to catch. 

Need help identifying trees

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 15:07

The leaves in the foreground look like Ash to me but I think that's the tree at the back as the bark looks wrong for Ash.  There is mottling on the bark which would indicate Sycamore.  Either way they both look rather too close to the wall.  They will get to be very big trees in no time.

It's a shame my son's on holiday - he would know as he is a forrester.

Great Diving Beetle

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 14:55

Absolutely.  Relocate them as far away from your pond as possible.  They will even eat small fish once fully grown.  Now, I'm not saying you are wrong - I would not presume such a thing - but could they be dragonfly larvae?  They are quite similar - bulging eyes and minus the claws on the front.  Here are a couple of photos.  Beetle first and then dragonfly.  The dragonfly larvae can stay in the pond for a couple of years before crawling up a plant stem and turning into the most magnificent creature.  A joy to watch. 



Page numbers not working in My Posts

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 08:04

That's a great bit of detective work, fotofit.  Well done.

Hollie-Hock had suggested having a scrapbook on the forum to keep old posts in but I just have a file in My Documents on the computer which I keep open while browing the forum and if I want to save a link I highlight the address bar and drag the little green GW into the file.  Until the problem is sorted then it works for me.

The Edit is hidden until you run your cursor over your post - bottom right -  then an Edit and Quote button appear.  On other people's post just the Quote button appears and you can highlight part or all of their text, hit the Quotebutton and then transfer it to your post via the

button next to the ABC just above the reply box.  Comme ca -

fotofit wrote (see)

I have not come across the 'edit' function yet so cannot comment !!!

I have tried to edit this post several times to put the little blue quote mark picture within the text but it doesn't work so sorry that last bit is a fragmented. 

At least I know the "edit" works......

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