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Cercis Forest Pansy

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 23:05

Most fungi will only affect one species of plant so it's unlikely to affect anything else.  On one of the affected branches, is there any black or brown staining of the wood when it is cut through, or beneath the bark if you peel it back?  If so, that is indicative of a fungal infection.  I think it's a good idea to feed it to help it fight whatever the disease is.  The only other thing I can think of is that it's roots are in soil which is (or has been) too wet - any possibility of that?  All of the rain we had over the winter has badly affected a lot of things which prefer free-draining soil like Cercis.

Blueberry bush

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:54

It very likely needs to be cross-pollinated deborah, so the answer is to get another variety which flowers at the same time.  Do you know which variety you have?

One last plant ID thread!

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:46

'Bump' just means to reply without having an answer to get the question back to the top of the list (many readers only use the 'latest posts' button.)

I think it might be a young Shasta daisy.  If so, it might flower soon otherwise it definitely will do next year.

Bird Food Suppliers

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:42

I use Johnson and Jeff 'Superior wild bird food - husk free'.  20-23 quid inc. delivery for 20kg.  It smells lovely too - aniseed in there I think and nothing gets left!

Cercis Forest Pansy

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:24

Cercis Canadensis can be cut hard, right back to close to the ground (aka coppicing or stooling) and that may be the best thing to do in this case as it sounds like you will have lost the natural shape because of needing to prune out the dead branches.  Doing this will (hopefully) remove all diseased wood (eg if it is a fungal infection) and being 3 years old it should have a well established root system so should recover well.  The time to do it is in February or early March before any leaves are showing.

peach tree

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:55

They are worth the hassle though bekkie!

Couldn't resist nipping out and taking a photo:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52081.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Nearly ready (slurp!)

peach tree

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:40

That's right bekkie - or grow a resistant variety like me (obviously not an option for Betty though!)

Can anyone identify these roots / bulbs?

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:38

Yep.

peach tree

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:36

Hi Betty, I was going to write a long reply to try and cover everything but while I was looking at websites for images to help illustrate, I came across this one which explains it so well that I don't think I can add much!

http://gardening.about.com/od/treefruits/ss/How-To-Prune-Peach-Trees.htm

The essence is to remove all dead/damaged/diseased wood and prune the rest to open up the tree to light and air.  Peaches grow on one year old wood, so the aim is to prune very spring to encourage new growth without removing too much of last year's growth (which will bear this year's crop.)

Dream plant....top of your wish list

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:18

An eremurus which actually flowers.. but delivered with an acre plot in Cornwall or the Channel Islands please.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Oops!

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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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