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Fungal growth in my bluebell bed
 

Fungal growth in my bluebell bed

I recently noticed a white fungal growth on my bluebells, wall and tree trunk in a bluebell bed. It looks like polystyrene beads but when touched it turns to a watery substance. I noticed yesterday that it seems to have consolidated and when the skin was broken it looked like dog sick. What is it and how do I get rid of it? Zebedee, Ennis, Co Clare Posted: 22/01/2017

The 'fungus' is a slime mould in a reproductive phase. It is harmless and will soon melt away. A curiosity of nature, an ancient organism, no longer classed as a fungus, but fungus-like.

  garden allergen
 

garden allergen

I have had an allergic reaction to something in the garden of a house let out, on/off for several years. Severe swelling of eye/lips, rash on neck/face, I have been admitted to hospital for treatment due to severity. I would like to get to the bottom of the issue as we are now moving into this house. There is hogweed there but I dont think it is that as have had exposure to that all my life. It is very overgrown at present due to tenancy. Any advice would be appreciated or if you know of someone that may help. 200720151, , Posted: 20/07/2015

There are lots of substances, not just plants, that can cause allergic reactions, including tomatoes, parsnips and lots of others. Most of these are members of the carrot family (including hogweed), the daisy family and the spurge family, although by no means exclusively.

If you have a very severe reaction, it can be dangerous and you should ask about carrying emergency treatment, as allergies can build in severity. Clearing out all the plants is one possibility but you could just as easily bring in a plant allergenic to you. 

But honestly this is more of a medical problem than a horticultural one. 

 

Mildew on Pulmanaria Majeste

I bought one plant during the summer and had hopes to multiply this as it is a lovely foliage plant, I have now 4 plants but sadly they are covered in mildew, what can I do to get rid of this or what is the cause? Myrtle, Dublin , Co Dublin Posted: 26/09/2009

 

Mildew is common on pulmonaria, especially late in the year. Remove the remaining foliage over winter and hopefully the new foliage next year will be more free of mildew. The stop-start summer favoured mildew.

 

Plastic pots

Gerry Congratulations on the terrific new website. My question Is there any place that will take back or recycle plastic pots? 010620082, moate, Co Westmeath Posted: 01/06/2008

Some garden centres offer this as a facility, or the recycling centres that take plastics.

 

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