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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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What's this?

23 July 2009 19:29:45
What's this?

What's this?

I had a lovely time at Cooper's garden this morning. Boy have her perennials come on since the last time I was there! And not a weed in sight - not sure how Linda manages that with this rain.

Unfortunately due to the recent Mullingar plant swap, both myself and Headgardener were cleaned out so had no plants to bring her. All I could offer was some orchid bark for potting on the recent acquisitions from Rita D and te lend of Gardens Illustrated.

Linda produced her now-famous chocolate squares although, if I'm not mistaken, she was pressurised into baking this time by Headgardener. He had hinted that, even if it rained, we would still have Linda's cakes to look forward to. No pressure! I guess that's what happens when youset the bar so high, LInda!

On a different note, and prompted by Gismo's recent journal, what do you make of this fellow, found yesterday in my greenhouse? At first the hubby thought he was one of those 'pot ornaments'that I love but, when I saw him, I knew immediately that he wasn't.

Hubby picked all the Pak Choi today as it was about to bold and we par boiled it and froze it. Hubby then planted fennel seeds in the space vacated in the raised bed.


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Gismo1981 Gismo1981 23 July 2009 19:38:45

wow !!!! thats really pretty is it big.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 23 July 2009 19:48:20

Do I get a prize, is it an elephant hawk moth. there catterpillars are supposed to be pretty big and ugly.


rita d rita d 23 July 2009 20:57:56

Have seen elephant hawk moth a few years ago and it was more green with pink spots. It had a sort of 'trunk' at front which it waved threateningly when alarmed. it was all of three inches long. maybe some just have more pink than others. Cant see the trunk tho and thats why its called elephant hawk. This one is a beauty


Joybells Joybells 23 July 2009 20:59:49

Space Invaders!!!! Rachel never seen one of these 'boys' before....hope he's not intending doing any damage to your plants!!


ClaireE ClaireE 23 July 2009 21:24:30

Wow, I've never seen one of those, it's beautiful!


Rachel Rachel 23 July 2009 22:19:42

It's in an envelope on its way to you already Claire : )


J.D. J.D. 23 July 2009 22:24:04

I dont think its the right colour to be an elephant hawk moth. But I honestly cant tell you which one it is. Beautiful though.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 23 July 2009 23:14:57

Enjoyed the visit to Coopers garden too, and not just the Choc Rice Krispie Square, although they were delicious. Rachel it is an elephant Hawk Moth see to confirm: http://www.habitas.org.uk/moth/species.asp?item=6077 You better redirect that envelope to Gismo as she's the one who wants the prize :-D Like Rabbits there so lovely to look at initially until the offspring eat half your greenhouse next year!!!


Mairin Mairin 24 July 2009 01:09:17

Looks lovely and not so lovely at the same time. Probably the only time I am glad I don't have a greenhouse!


Rachel Rachel 24 July 2009 03:37:10

Think it is the elephant hawk moth (Deilephila elpenor). Lucky me. Thanks for your help, everyone. Bill's right. The prize should go to Gizmo. I just need to keep an eye out on my fuchsias for caterpillars. From what I can gather they're unlikely to be a pest but the young may eat fuchsia leaves.


trug trug 24 July 2009 07:13:09

I think they like honeysuckle too Rachel. They are so beautiful, I think I could tolerate a few chomped leaves.


Jools O Jools O 24 July 2009 11:07:41

Send it my way, I've got a honeysuckle needs chomping on...


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 24 July 2009 16:34:33

google their catterpillars they are ugly little things, there like giant slugs ewwwwwwwwwww. my sister in law is obsessed with butterflies if she saw that she would frame it lol !!!


HeadGardener HeadGardener 24 July 2009 17:15:32

Rachel have a head like a sive what palm did you ask me to look up in Will Giles book about overwintering? was it a Phoenix canaraniensis or a Trachycarpus fortunei. Anyway let me know or visit Will's website www.exoticgarden.com look under newspaper articles.


Rachel Rachel 25 July 2009 00:29:19

It was the Chusan Palm, Trachycarpus fortunei, Bill. I think it is fully hardy when mature. But the link to that book looks good - may have to put it on my Christmas list. Exotic plants always have added appeal in winter time!


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