Posted: 02/06/2014 at 10:24
I have been gifted a number of leftover plants from a lovely local business and I didn't ask what this particular one is. Can anyone id it for me? I'll have to re-pot it quickly as it's very weak where the stalk meets the roots so I'm not entirely sure it's going to survive well whatever it is. When you crush a leaf it has a smell but I'm not able to describe it. May just be a leaf smell. The weight of the foliage is causing the stem a bit of stress so I'll need to pot it deeper up the stem. The stem itself has a similar frailty to a begonia stem and not a robust shrub like stem at the moment. Maybe it will change?
Also, this morning found this bug which I found on a web search to be a Green Shield Bug. I'm assuming it's the most common Green Shield Bug and not the one described as recently coming over from other European countries. I found the cheeky thing on one of two buds which luckily have appeared on a transplanted peony which I was really pleased actually took off and produced two buds this year. (Blimey they take weeks to swell and open - still waiting). This bug was not for moving and it took several finger flicks to ping it away. It does seem to have broken through the bud and made a huge hole in a leaf directly below it. It's an interesting looking bug but I'm assuming it's one of the bad guys?
(I haven't figured out how to put text underneath a photo instead of the text appearing underneath both pictures).
Thanks for any comments.