Can anybody please identify this type of plant that we have noticed springing up more and more recently in our area?
We are expecting some answers akin to 'Brian' or 'a green one', so knock yourself out with the witty banter, we like a bush-based giggle here!
Anyway, we tried to find an image of it on a Google search but unfortunately we didn't seem to see anything there.
We'd like to know if it is a desirable garden addition or a some sort of invasive 'Triffid-like' weed? It does seem to grow into small tree proportions, we do believe the plant is not something to get high on though (unless of course you intend to climb it).
We have included in the gallery a picture of what we think is a 'seedling' version, but as you can tell we are no experts in this field!
Looking forward to your sparkling pearls of horticultural wisdom lifting our gloom of ignorance on this matter - Thank you.
How to keep bugs at bay the natural way with Citronella
Well summer is finally on its way and we are all starting our garden projects and looking forward to BBQ's and long summer evenings outdoors. However most of us would rather not enjoy this space with annoying flying insects, especially if they sting!
Citronella is the natural way to deter them. Forget those harmful aerosol sprays because there are lots of natural ways to deter bugs, both inside and outside your home.
1. Citronella is known all over the world as a natural mosquito and tick repellent. It is safe and non-toxic to humans and animals (including insects).
2. It is good practise to burn pure Citronella products outside or with good ventilation as some people can have mild allergic reactions.
3. There are lots of different products available that contain Citronella - for example granules that you can either leave in a bowl; or place a couple of teaspoons onto an oil burner to spread the scent and deter flies from coming in your home.
4. And don't forget that Lemon Balm is a cousin to Citronella and although not quite as strong is still a deterrent, especially when lit as a candle.
5. There are also lots of lovely colourful garden citronella candles and incense products which give you smoke as well as scent and help to deter a wider range of insects.
6. Or you can just place a couple of Citronella tea-lights in jam jars, which look pretty and do the same job, around the seating area of your garden.
7. As someone who is allergic to bees I don’t want to kill them as they are marvellous creatures, but want them to keep a safe distant away. Bees will naturally flee from smoke, and become dazed and less aggressive if they inhale too much of it. So even an unscented candle can be a natural way to keep your table free from pesky insects. Indeed Citronella does not kill insects but merely helps to repel them by masking the scents they are attracted to.
So this summer when you are sitting and enjoying the garden don't forget to buy those Citronella products to help make your evening go with more of a swing and less of a bite!
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