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Sue Higham

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Identify bug?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 10:01
My Soldier Beetles have arrived!

Identify bug?

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:24
You're not being pedantic at all Joe - it's me who's lacking in knowledge! Enjoying being here and learning something new every day - in fact I posted on 'Talkback' to this effect!


Posted: 18/07/2012 at 15:09
Evidence of mice eating my green strawberries ... maybe I should leave some Rennies out for them, too!


Posted: 18/07/2012 at 15:04
I bought one borage plant five or six years ago .... it's now everywhere and not showing any signs of being shortlived!


Posted: 17/07/2012 at 19:46
I've just joined the forum and would like to say how much I'm enjoying the interaction here. I am daily learning something new - can't be bad! This difficult gardening year has given me much pause for thought. In Edinburgh, to date (17th) we have had 140% of our average rainfall and our July sunshine has amounted to 4 hours. My gardening hours and hours have been reduced to minutes! My strawberries are still green. I have given over the redcurrants to the birds as this has been a far more difficult and life threatening year for them than it has been for me. The planned re-siting of my veggie patch during this season hasn't even started yet, BUT ..... my flower garden has saved my sanity. The delphiniums have been sheltered by my Purple Acer, which has sacrificed its wellbeing and taken the brunt of the weather. The always reliable Alchemilla Mollis and Nepeta survive everything thrown at it. My 15 year old Rosa Alba has never flowered so well, every 2-3 days I'm removing 100+ dead heads with plenty more still to come.Despite the deluges and lack of sunshine the growth has been sumptuous, the greenery is SO lush and some plants and rose bushes, though being late to start flowering, are really going for gold now and lift the heart! In short - this year has crystallised what I have long known .... I need my garden far more than my garden needs me!

Identify bug?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 19:28
Thanks, Joe! Sorry if I offended you (and the soldier beetle!) by calling it a bug
I usually have battalions of these beetles all over my Astrantia flowers ... which have been very few this year, so that could explain why I don't even have a sentry!

Identify bug?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 09:59
It's a soldier beetle - friendly bug. Lots of info on line.
They're usually in my garden here in Edinburgh but not seen any so far this year ... but then, this year ...Hmmm. ...

Birch Tree losing leaves in July

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 13:13
Thanks Alina ... am conscious of her lifespan but dreading the day when our beautiful birch tree no longer graces the garden. She's long been my favourite - my Queen of the Woodland ... and another birch will stand in her place, one day.

However - it would appear that day is not yet! More research has revealed the source of the problem to be aphids. They're having a field day as the very wet weather has laid low all their predators. The received advice is to hose down the tree every few days ...well, for a start she's about 40' tall and ... hose down? THIS year? Sheesh!

Anyway, our Queen of the Woodland is fighting back! Close examination today shows new leaves forming wherever the old ones have been lost - I look forward to the rest of this growing year with interest!

Birch Tree losing leaves in July

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 11:00
My 70+ year old birch tree has started to drop its leaves at an alarming rate with the slightest breeze or touch of the branches and the ground is carpeted! The leaves are still green, although the reverse sides of many of them are brown spotted. Seed heads are already mature - is this unusual for July? I read somewhere that leaf drop of up to 50% can happen but that's usually due to drought, while here in Edinburgh on 15th of the month we have already had 140% of our expected July rainfall - and have experienced the dizzying delights of 105 minutes of sunshine (:-l Any advice or diagnosis will be gratefully received!
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