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Sat 23-Jun-12
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Xahha
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OK- I can open both pictures- double click again after the circle appears.

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Fri 6-Jul-12
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We had Mulleins, then we had mullein moths.Then we had no mulleins- they are hungry beasts!

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Sat 7-Jul-12
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I agree Kate- the previous time we had no Mulleins after the mullein caterpillars hatched- this time, they eat some leaves, some unopened flowers and then disappeared to pupate, so we still have a good display. One plant is about 8 feet tall the other about 6 feet.

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Sat 7-Jul-12
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Ah you have the BIG mulleins- we just had the small ones, a light snack for the caterpillars!

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Sun 8-Jul-12
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Oh Kate, that made me chuckle - while we were away, the lily beetles made short work of our lilies, too.

What I'd like to know is - what is the point of lily beetles? Or even mullein moths?

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Sun 8-Jul-12
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Val - it's all part of lifes rich pageant- only they know why they are there- they think they are being useful. Slugs have some use, they eat Hostas!

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LOL Martin big_laugh 

I sense that you share my indifference towards that particular flora. 

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Yes Danny- none in our garden- Both OH and I had planted them in the past- some of the more interesting ones, but we soon went off them.

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Same here, Martin - we had hostas. Once. We also had slugs.

No more hostas, still have slugs, though!

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Hostas make interesting foliage in flower decorations but apart from that I'm not bothered by them either. We have one in one of our gardens but not planted by us and likely to be strimmed to oblivion as I am not keeping that area planted up - too much workcheers

Wed 8-Aug-12
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Just to reiterate the point made above Borage is brilliant for composting, as it has very high moisture content. It also adds vitamin C, potassium and calcium when once composted or used as green manure. It also self-seeds so keep it growing if it's not in the way.smile

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Welcome to the forum Nathan...I hope you will enjoy being part of this friendly forum. Do tell us more about yourself on the Introduce Yourself forum.

My chickens love borage, especially when it seeds. I have to sow fresh seeds every few years.

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Wed 8-Aug-12
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A few weeks ago I noticed this flowering in the garden. I've tried to identify it on-line and in my wildflowers book but I can't work out what it is. Does anyone here have any idea?

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Wed 8-Aug-12
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Looks like a wallflower (the perennial sort) to me, but without the leaf it is hard to be sure. Definitely in the wallflower/cabbage/rape branch of the plant world.

Wed 8-Aug-12
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Cheers. It looks like it could be the siberian wallflower. It must have spread from somewhere because it was in the middle of the veg patch!

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