Alina W

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Sparse flowering cherry

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 21:40

I believe it is, Dilly, as far as I can remember.

Sparse flowering cherry

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 13:39

My commiserations, Posy. I think I'm going to try feeding mine with some phosphorus - the soil in the area isn't of the best, and can get pretty wet in winter. The leaves do seem smaller than usual, so you never know.

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Sparse flowering cherry

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:18

I have a 25-year-old flowering cherry which flowered quite sparsely this year, and now that the leaves are out, they are also quite sparse. The leaves are perfectly healthy and all along all branches; the bark and trunk are also perfectly healthy.

Does anyone have any ideas about possible reasons for this, other than that the tree is getting on in years? I would be desperately sad to lose it, as the display is normally breathtaking in spring. Thanks.

German myrtle, Bride's myrtle, m.communis microphylla

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 15:53

Thanks, Dave, but I'm afraid that all the mail order suppiers listed there don't stock plain microphylla; the only one that claims to is out of stock and showing a picture of the wrong plant...

German myrtle, Bride's myrtle, m.communis microphylla

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 12:41

Does anyone know of a UK source for this plant, please?

I've had the pot plant for 30 years, but it's died, and I'm looking for a replacement. It's available in Europe as "myrtus communis", but it's not what goes under that name here, as it's much smaller, growing to no more than about 60cm with dark green, 1.5cm long leaves; the leaves are highly fragrant when brushed, and the flowers equally so.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Baffled Pink

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 17:13

It's not unusual for pinks of unusual colours to lack the normal heady scent; it's been lost during the breeding to get the colour.

Unless the plant is sold as heavily scented, you have no guarantee that it will be.

Ivy invasion

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 15:15

WelshOnion is right - you need to bring the ivy under control, as they grow very fast. They are also very strong growers, and it will get under your tiles and damage the roof.

It will need to be cut back at least a couple of times a year at that size. Light trimming won't do because the weight will become enormous in a short space of time.

Too Much Buxus

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:03

With the moving plants, yes, deciduous plants should generally be moved in winter, but this is usually best done with small plants, not large ones. Large plants have large roots; damage too many and they die. Also, you say "trees" - what size of tree? Unless very small, trees can't be moved. The same is true of your buxus - unless it's small, you can't just dig up a small root ball and expect it to survive - it won't.

Be careful trying to move things around if you don't know what you're doing - plants are living things, and need to be treated carefully. Have you thought about the fact that everything you move will need watering until it re-establishes, for example? Sorry to be depressing, but I'd rather you weren't faced with a half-dead garden next spring!


What is eating my primrose buds?

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 14:31

Yes, it's definitely birds. If you can put up with it, put a wire cage over them and the birds will go off the idea. Do be very careful that anything you use can't trap or injure birds, though - they can easily get into unlikely spaces and suffer terribly as a result.



Berries with black stuff on

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 14:26

Don't worry, it's harmless. It's a fungus growing on aphid "honeydew", a sweet excrescence. It happens when trees have a heavy aphid infestation, and their droppings fall on to shrubs and plants beneath. These infestations are perfectly normal, and occur randomly - I've had one in about 15 years.

It won't spread to anything of yours, and can be washed off the berries.

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