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ID for young shrub, please.

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 13:01

Honeysuckle is definitely a possibility as this is always stocked at Poundland. The only reason I think it might not be is that having had a very bad experience with a beautiful honeysuckle that was infested with honeysuckle aphids, it's unlikely I would have bought another.

If no one's able to confirm what it is I'll report back once it gets bigger/produces some flowers. Thanks to all who have replied.

ID for young shrub, please.

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 12:56

It's definitely not Snowberry because Poundland always stock the same plants, Escallonnia, Philadelphus etc. and I've never seen Snowberry there.

More importantly from your photo' and other photo's I've quickly googled, the leaves on my plant are totally different. Snowberrry leaves are more ovoid than my plant, and have Also, they seem to have darker, waxier-looking leaves, and indentations on the lower leaf edge nearest the stem.

ID for young shrub, please.

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 12:47

The leaves are very different Plant Pauper. My guess is that it's Philadelphus, I'm hoping that someone will confirm that.

ID for young shrub, please.

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 12:33

I 'rescued' this young shrub from a pound store. As many people on this forum know, they don't look after their plants and it's always best to buy them when they are first stocked.

I have a habit of trying to revive dying plants from these shops because I can't stand to see the waste. This plant was an example and it was in a poor state with white shoots from the lack of light.

Anyway, it's now doing very well in the back garden but I forgot to label it. Anyone recognise it?

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 13:25
Donna- says:

hello everyone, I do agree the only good Lilly beetle is a dead one!  I am a private grower and have the following information:  these little beetles are vibrationally aware and so drop onto their backs as you approach and blend in with the soil as their underside is black.  The only saving grace is that they wont eat anything else so with any damage to lilies you know its them.  The spray that kills them (spray the underside of the leaves as well) is PROVADO ultimate bug killer - I have been using it for years.  But Yes, I still have to pick the odd one off occasionally. I would Never leave the egg/grub which is covered in bug pooh to live but just pull them off the leaf with tissue dont actually take off the leaf.  Best of luck everyone.

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 Donna, as far as I know all insects are 'vibrationally aware'. It is true that the Red Lilly beetles' tactic is to drop onto their backs. But you don't have to be that quick to pick them off by hand and I'm surprised that some people find it difficult to do this, excepting those who may have a problem with movement.

The RHS webpage on these creatures also suggests picking them off by hand, but also provides a list of sprays that kills them. Also, while it's true that lily beetles only feed on that plant, there other creatures that will eat lily leaves, such as the larvae (caterpillar) of the Totrix moth.

Flowering Cactus

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 12:17
Danae dan-Ah-ee says:

soulboy says:
...I have quite a few cacti that have never flowered.

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 Isn't that interesting!  About 8 years ago, my sister gave me two small cacti.  I looked after them both the usual way.  One grew to be, within 3 years, the size - and shape- of an adult brain; the other stayed exactly the size it was. 

The first would not stop growing but not flowering, so last year I let my neighbour have it, as I refuse to grow anything just for its lethal spines.  I'm still babying the other, hoping it'll change its mind one day!  I think its name is lophophora something or other, and I'm running out of patience.  I would have gladly taken a picture of it for you to see but as my editing skills appear to have deserted me lately, I'd better not give myself another frustration!

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Lillie Beetles

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 12:10
Doghouse Riley says:

I've more or less given up with lily beetles. You need a hammer to kill them they are that tough and I've found no spray which will kill them

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 Not my experience. I find them extraordinarily easy to catch and kill them. They are easily spotted, very slow to react, hence easy to catch between thumb and finger and squish very satisfyingly when squashed.

ID for seedlings

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 12:22

Thanks Nutcutlet, I thought the 3rd one was an elder.

Whats this invading my honeysuckle?

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 12:15

I feel for you! I had a beautiful honeysuckle with gorgeous yellow flowers that I grew up a wall to guttering level.

For three years I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to clear off all the aphids, climbing up a ladder to get to every part of the plant. In the end I decided it just wasn't worth all the hassle and cut it down and removed it because the infestation was so severe. It was just impossible to keep it under control and they were disfiguring the plant.I was so gutted to lose such a gorgeous plant but many honeysuckles are prone to the honeysuckle aphid.

I did find a research paper on the relative resistance of honeysuckles to the honeysuckle aphid, including some that are completely resistant. One day I will choose one from this list to grow.

Evaluation of Lonicera Taxa for Honeysuckle Aphid Susceptibility ...

honeysuckle witches' broom aphid - University of Guelph Laboratory ...

I hope this helps.

ID for seedlings

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 11:18

I know it's difficult but I'm hoping to get ID's for some seedlings that have appeared in the garden. I plant a lot of mixed seed so I don't always know what I'm getting.

Also I've dug over and prepared some new plots in the (communal) back garden that were very neglected and weedy. I have the dreaded Horsetail in one of them.

The one below I seem to remember as being an undesirable, unattractive plant.

For the next two pictures I think I've tried to ID this in the past and failed, could it be a wild carrot?

This last one is growing everywhere in its hundreds. Not a great pic', I'm sorry.

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