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caterpillar id please

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:15

I saw  a caterpillar today I wondered if anyone can identify it for me?  Sorry, no photo.  It had bright yellow, long hairy body with a faint orange colour along spine. The head was small and black.  About 2 inches in length.  It was moving quite speedily (for a caterpillar!) across a car park in S. Staffordshire.  Can anyone suggest what it might be please?  Many thanks, Mags

Ladybirds

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 14:54

annmarie - you train them in the same way as with a dog!  Mags

Ladybirds

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 19:27

I haven't seen even a single one here in my Staffordshire garden.  Mags

PS - I think the number of spots indicates what sort of ladybird it is.

Lily deteriated

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 14:10

Thanks cathy. I will enjoy what I have for now then buy replacements when they are available later in year. Mags

Lily deteriated

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 14:03

Thanks Cathy.  Yes, I know they do revert. I've had several years of immense pleasure from the original planting and want to give new bulbs the best chance I can. I think I really want to know if I should dig in some manure - well-rotted farmyard stuff I've been given.  I think the soil is quite impoverished now. Mags

Lily deteriated

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 08:58

I bought a lovely lily bulb about 12 years ago. The flowers were ivory with speckles, a beautiful fragrance and 6 - 7 foot tall. It grew to be a large clump.   Now the flowers are plain orange, no smell and 5 foot tall.  I have given it general feed regularly and horse manure annually.  How should I prepare the area for when I replace with  new lily bulbs so I once again have lovely flowers I once had?    Thank you for advice. Mags

damaged rhubarb leaves

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:58

Thanks a lot for the info!  Fortunately the leaf gobblers don't seem to like the stems!  Mags

damaged rhubarb leaves

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 12:49

Something is eating my rhubarb leaves.  The young leaves are stripped to the veins and spine, but older leaves have big holes in them.  Would this be slug damage? Or what else eats them?  I'm not bothered about it as I am getting plenty of stems for my use, but I'm curious.  Thanks, Mags

Lilies

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 14:18

How sad!  I sprayed mine with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer when the shoots were about 12 inches high the do it about every 6 weeks.  The buds are all forming well.  There are some holes in the leaves indicating that they have had a go at the plants though.  I never find any lily beetles either, although I do look every time I walk past which is several times a day.  I suggest you spray them now and again later to help protect the bulbs for next year. Good luck for next year.  Mags

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 18:19

Dachalover  -  What huge bees you have!.     I've always know those as BATS..   

I wish I could see bats around my S Staffordshire garden!  I used to see them, but not any more, sadly.   Mags

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