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Poorly medlar tree

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 19:46


My medlar tree is suffering from leaves with brown spots on them and leaf drop. From what I've read I think it might be quince leaf blight and if that's the case then as far as I'm aware I need to gather the fallen foliage and burn it. If I do this will the problem resolve itself eventually? I've read that it's a good idea to prune the affected branches in winter but pretty much one half of my tree is now bare from leaf drop and I know that older medlars don't respond well to heavy pruning, so I'm not sure what to do. I've attached some photos for reference. Any advice greatly appreciated!

Last edited: 09 July 2016 19:48:54

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 23:00

You could try attracting more birds to your garden and see if that balances things out. 

In spring you can sow more grass seed and perhaps go for a family mixture which is quite hardy. I would have thought that if grass has a healthy root system to begin with then it will be thick enough to cover worm activity, so maybe it's the health of your lawn you need to improve rather than seeing the worms as the issue. 

Chinese latern ? Invasive in Cornwall

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 19:38

Ah, they are lovely though. They're great for winter interest when you get left with the skeletal frame on the 'lanterns'. If a plant is going to be invasive I don't mind too much as long as it's something I really like and I can keep on top of the thinning out. I've grown some from seed and kept them in pots for the last couple of years but they haven't flowered. I've since transferred them to the garden so they can start going for it properly.  

Plants online

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 19:28

Has anyone ever used Garden Supply Direct? I bought bulbs from them way back in August and I'm still waiting for half of my order. I knew it was a bit of a gamble trying them as I had never heard of them before and they have no reviews, probably goes to show you should stick with what you know.

In fact, just realised they sell on Ebay too and some of the reviews on there are awful!

Nasty looking scale on Christmas Cactus

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:44

Hmm maybe it is snails. I think the first one that started showing signs of it was in the conservatory to begin with though. I'm starting to wonder actually whether it might be where they've been watered and sun's scorched the surface.

I shall try giving them a spray with fungicide just in case. Thank you for the feedback.

Nasty looking scale on Christmas Cactus

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:14

Does anyone know what has caused the white scaly stuff on this plant? I bought some Christmas Cactus plants from a supplier in the Netherlands and this has happened to two or three others too. The existing plants I already have are OK. It's affecting the lower portion of the plants but it's definitely not just woodiness emerging due to age as they are only about a year old.

Advice greatly appreciated! If it's infectious then I'll get rid of them but I'd ideally like to keep them as the flower colours are quite unusual.


Pretty flower - what is it please?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 11:34

Aha, Snapdragon - of course! Thank you everyone.  I think I'll collect some seeds and sow more in the spring.

It is a messy bit of the yard which gets forgotten about and it gets weeded twice a year if it's lucky.  The way I look at it is I'm doing my bit for the local wildlife!

I get Herb Robert absolutely everywhere. I've just done a Google search and apparently it has very good medicinal benefits and can be chopped and put into salads. Quite interesting!




Pretty flower - what is it please?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:07

Can someone tell me what the plant above is please? It was an unexpected bonus in a batch of entirely different seeds I grew.  Also, does it need to be cut back or anything? I have another which I planted last summer and didn't trim this year and it got quite leggy.

Rambling Rose

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 17:56

Oh wow, brilliant, thank you for the additional advice everyone. The Phyllis is still going...well, I would say 'strong', but it's not dead yet anyway! What little growth there is and nice and green, there's just not enough of it for my liking.

I've particularly taken your advice on board, Topbird, about planting near the fence. I suspect it may be a bit too close. I'll clear the plants around it a bit while it's still getting established. The one on the left is a massive catmint and I run the risk of my stupid cat getting high on it and snapping my precious branch if I'm not careful!

Rambling Rose

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 21:37

Thank you so much for your advice Salino, my poor rose shall be receiving plenty of TLC!

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