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Wasp V's Caterpillar

Posted: Yesterday at 22:17

Oh- I'd have been sad about the mouse too

I found one in the pond once and felt awful as it is a wildlife pond with sloping pebble sides and thought how could this have happened Eventually it occurred to me it was more likely one of my cats had killed it and had been flinging it about like they do and it just ended up in the pond. I don't know why that made me feel better

Wasp V's Caterpillar

Posted: Yesterday at 21:03

A wasp and caterpillar fell out the sky onto my waterbutt the other day, the caterpillar still alive and  twisting about. By the time I got my phone the caterpillar was mush:

 The wasp flew off a few seconds later and while I was waiting for the watering can to fill I thought how wasteful it was not to eat the whole thing. Then it or another wasp turned up, gathered up a little ball of mush and flew unsteadily away with it, presumably to a nest.

 I knew wasps predated on caterpillars - just never seen it before

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:46

I can only see ten of my 1518 reviewed plants. The only plant I've got in that list is Verbena bona and it's been reviewed to death.

Perhaps I'll buy some pokeweed just so I can review it...

Wildlife pond design

Posted: Yesterday at 17:54

I cheated with my pond/bog, I could because it's fairly small, the whole thing about 2m x 3m.

Instead of shelves, I hollowed shallower areas around the sides, lined it all then chucked wet aquatic compost in the side areas and in the bottom, planted up and then covered it all in pebbles which took care of the level and some awkward bits of liner. 

It went a bit murky at first but cleared and when it rains now it doesn't cloud up. The rainwater can drain from the bog into the pond or if I top up the pond myself it seeps into the bog area. 

Cons of it were losing some of the depth and width and also the amount of pebbles, rocks and stones I had to buy/ dig up/ acquire from friends.


could someone ID this please

Posted: Yesterday at 12:59

What colour are the buds star gaze lily? They look creamish on the photo - I haven't seen one that colour. The leaves, seed head and buds remind me of penstemon anyway...

could someone ID this please

Posted: Yesterday at 12:52

Penstemon perhaps?



Posted: 28/08/2014 at 21:25

I've just been looking on Buckingham Nursery's website and they have a similar disclaimer so perhaps it is not uncommon. 

I've just emailed them about a sea buckthorn I bought off them last Nov. To be fair I noticed it was dead some while ago but kept forgetting to contact them. It says they will consider claims up until Aug and usually offer half price replacements

I got a replacement plant off Coblands earlier this year though - they have a one year guarantee on hardy plants. 

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 11:24

No probs, Foolio- I'll post them today.

Just received your astrantia and lovely card Beaus Mum! Thank you so much

mystery plant

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 20:35

Someone will be along to confirm or otherwise and be more specific, I'm sure 

mystery plant

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 20:15

Could it be a hellebore? I don't know which type though

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Wasp V's Caterpillar

Ghoulish photos 
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ID if poss please

Just for curiosity 
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Help with fuchsias please

Deformed growing tips and hardly any flowers 
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Chasmanthe Query

Pot them or store them? 
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Please confirm these are greens of some type...

...before I chuck them to the hens 
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Tools keep breaking

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ID's if possible please =+)

An order of pot luck perennials 
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How to post photos from iPad

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Does this look like excess nitrogen?

Ribes near chickens dying 
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Small nettle patch for butterflies

Does it need cutting? 
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Another plant ID please

Finally a flower opens 
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Interesting bug

Is it a back swimmer? 
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Plant ID please

It's not an astrantia 
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Floppy sedums

Can I prevent this somehow? 
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Weirdo snapdragon

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