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Beech tree very small leaves

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 17:39

You say the had greenfly - are they definitely gone?

Beech are prone to beech aphid, whic looks a bit like fluff on the backs of the leaves - if that is present, you need to spray again to get rid of it.

One-two branches on cherry tree has brown leaves.

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 15:04

No, they're pretty easy on the whole, although they will pick up diseases if pruned at the wrong time. I think you've been unlucky - good luck tomorrow.

Bird bath

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 15:01

A photo might help?

And what is your bath made of?

One-two branches on cherry tree has brown leaves.

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 12:48

It sounds very like canker.

I would be inclined to contact the nursery and see what they say, but I rather think that they should be replaced.

Delphiniums from seed

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 12:54

Yes, I would, too. The first year's flowers aren't really up to that much, anyway.

Large black insects on my Solomon's Seal

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 12:53

Yes, it's sawfly. Although the leaves will grow back next year, you will get the sawfly back, too. Leaving them will allow a cycle to develop, so it's well worth killing them.

tree lillies

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 11:30

It could well be lily beetles, or their larvae, causing the damage. Spiders don't eat plants, so they're not too blame.

Look out for bright scarlet beetles or their larvae, which look like small piles of bird droppings.

Fatsia japonica

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 11:27

It doesn't ned ericaceous compost, no.

What it does need is to be reasonably dry and not in much direct sunshine, or it'll go yellow. Is yours in a soggy spot, perhaps?

As already said, shelter from strong winds is also important.

Is ivy a good thing or a bad thing?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 12:07

I'd agree with the earlier comments - it needs keeping in check.

Definitely keep it off your trees, because it will kill them. Don't let it roam free in your garden, either, because it will strangle other things and eventually get so established that it'll become a serious nuisance and almost impossible to remove.

Hanging basket in shade

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 17:49

Busy lizzies and begonias do fine, as will ivy-leaf geraniums if you plant two baskets and keep one in the sunshine - swap it with the one in shade every couple of weeks.

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