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Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 13:01

I've just had a good look and spotted the tell tale lesions below the dead areas$FILE/Symptoms_guide_Chalara_dieback_of_ash_2012.pdf 

I think that when we get back from our holiday we'd better have a word with our tree chap.  

What is this found in the garden this morning

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 12:17



Posted: 19/08/2015 at 12:13

Now the soil is a bit damper I'm hoping I can make big enough holes to plant some hellebores in the Wilderness under the biggest ash tree .....

 just saw a movement on the big west facing window - a slug - at least 5" long, is slithering diagonally upwards across the glass ........

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:59

Both trees had been hacked about by previous owners - when we came here we had a good firm of tree surgeons come in and lift and lighten the crowns as the hacking about had caused a lot of bushy growth - that would've been late October 2011 - they said that the one on the right as we view them from the house was pretty healthy, but the one on the left wasn't as good - he said possibly because the neighbours' garages are built over half of it's root area.  It's the one on the left that has the branches with the die-back on now.  I suppose it could be the result of a dry summer, but I think that may be wishful thinking.

Perhaps we'll wait and see what happens next year ... if we do have to take action I don't want to wait until branches have crashed onto next doors' garages or greenhouses.  

Also we'll have to think about possible replacements - there won't be anything that'll reach the size of the ashes - they're much taller than the house - well, not in a reasonable time anyway - but at least we can plant something that the goldfinches, tits and and woodpeckers will feel at home in before too long.

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 10:55

Doesn't, does it?

Apart from anything else, if we have to have them felled, it could be expensive - not to mention how the birds around here will miss them. 

What is this found in the garden this morning

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 10:52

Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar getting ready to pupate - lucky lucky you 

Please try to divert the blackbird's attention!


(Just love Dunvegan - had a wonderful day there out in a boat on the loch )

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 10:49

We love the two large ash trees at the end of our garden (although their roots cause endless problems). 

However we're slap bang in the middle of an Ash Dieback hotspot, and we've been dreading seeing this ...





Posted: 19/08/2015 at 10:27

We go past Marham on the way to MIL's in south Lincs - we're just off the A11 on the south-west fringe of Norwich near the river and marshes. 


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 10:25

It's a very 'Foody' vegetable at the moment

Perhaps Patricia should harvest it and sell it to restaurants


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 10:21
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Dove - have you been up the Hump - if that doesn't sound a bit rude 


A long time ago when I was a child - my granny took me

Anyone who relishes the challenge better not delay - most of it's been washed away now

 We have sandy cliffs rather than granite

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