Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:02
In the first photo, are the leaves on that plant quite thin and 'papery'? My plants got like that on the lower branches because of being kept inside for a bit too long (they weren't getting enough light but because of the cold at the time I didn't want to plant them out.)
With advice from italophile - as usual - I buried them deep into their final 25 litre pots, cutting off the lower branches. I did leave a few of the thin papery leaved branches as I didn't want to take off too much growth and they're still there now the plants are outside but they do in parts look like your first photo - the wind has whipped through the leaves and worn them down.
I'm not worried as all of the new growth coming through is a brilliant green (as opposed to the yelllowy lower branches, and eventually I'll cut those off anyway