Latest posts by Abby2

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New leaves dying on laurel trees

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 20:51

I have loads of laurels in my garden and many of the new, emerging leaves also have brown, frost damaged tips. Usually they are so rampant they outgrow it and/or you can prune off any damage in late spring 

Bamboo, Planters and Splitting

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 17:07

I have a large golden bamboo in a container and was advised by the garden centre to use tree and shrub compost. It has been growing very well in that over the last few years.

I'm not sure about splitting the bamboo and I actually need to divide mine this year as it has outgrown the container! Hopefully someone on here can help.

Tree for shade

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 08:48

Tricky one as you won't want big tree roots too near their wall! Bamboo idea is a good one or how about a ceanothus or a pyracatha? These will grow big and tall quickly, will cope ok with shade and don't necessarily need support. I'm assuming you can't grow anything up or attach trellis to their conservatory wall? Otherwise that will give you some good options for climbers.

Lol I did a double take at your username 


Posted: 07/10/2016 at 20:06

Brilliant thanks - thats all very helpful. I will try the Bordeaux mixture on the young tree as suggested and be vigilant about cankers forming on the larger ones. I have only ever pruned in August so hopefully will have minimised the risk a little. Good tip about sterilising equipment - I will do that from now on!


Posted: 07/10/2016 at 10:23

I had it confirmed by a chap at the garden centre that the trees do indeed have shothole. What would be really useful at this stage is to know whether anyone has successful eradicated this disease using a winter wash or fungal treatment? This is what was advised but both treatments are expensive and I'd rather invest in new trees and get planting them now if the treatment will be pointless!

Many thanks for any advice you could offer...


Posted: 02/09/2016 at 19:17

Just wondering if anyone can advise me. I have 3 flowering cherry trees, a Kanzan and two Amanogawa. All appear to have signs of shothole on the leaves although I can't yet see any sunken patches, oozing or canker on the branches.

After doing some googling, I'm still not clear if this will eventually kill my trees so am unsure of what I can do to treat them at this stage? Would be such a shame to lose all three 

Clematis armandii

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:53

Apparently tomato feed is also good for clematis and roses 

Clematis armandii

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 12:09

I have two of these plants in my garden and I love them but both get yellowed leaves at the bottom which I end up cutting off each year as they are a bit unsightly! They are very fussy about wind and I lost one completely on an arch last year. I'm sure you'll see new shoots from it soon!

Yellowing leaves on cherry laurel

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 12:43

I think Cherry Laurels do have some yellowed leaves this time of year - mine usually have a few yellowing and drop off for a month or so before the new growth starts.

Otherwise I think they can suffer from chlorosis if planted in very alkaline soils. I imagine if they are also competing for nutrients this might particularly affect them. A good feed will help I'm sure! I've used Epsom Salts with good results in the past.



Red Robin shrub

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 19:08

Yours looks a lot like mine did last year Scarlet. After advice from this thread I pruned it back hard and its looking a lot more bushy.  Also improved the soil in the bed with  lots of manure and it seems to be much happier altogether. Loads of new red growth emerging this spring 

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