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Dead apple tree

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 14:16

If it has been there and fruiting for 25 years it's hard to think of something in the soil that would kill it unless something has changed, other than honeyfungus - have you lost any other trees/shrubs?

Just a thought, but from your photo it looks to be planted very close to the fence -  plants positioned close to a fence notoriously suffer from drought as fences and walls create a 'rain shadow' - coupled with this we had a very long very dry spell last year.  Could your tree have suffered from drought last year?  Did you give it plenty of water through the dry spell?

If it was affected by drought, that could have weakened the tree and allowed some sort of infection to strike.

Magnolia

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 14:09

Hi  Sarah

I think the 'catkins' you refer to are fuzzy flower buds - I'm not sure why they're not opening into flowers for you. 

Is it in a position where the buds may be damaged by frost?

Does it get plenty of water and sunshine?

Do you ever see pigeons or squirrels in your magnolia eating the buds?

Dead apple tree

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 13:59

I'm sorry George, I'm afraid I agree with you - I think that tree's a goner    There could be many reasons why - we'd need lots more info for even an educated guess.

Do you want to plant another apple tree?

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 08:48

I believe that some fossils are worth quite a lot

Transferring seedlings from propagation trays

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 07:23

I use a white plastic plant label to ease them gently out of the seedtray.

Only hold them by a leaf - never by the stem.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 06:56

How lovely Chicky   I have a Daniel D, purchased with vouchers as part of my retirement pressy - He gave us some lovely blooms last year - according to instructions he has been cut hard back (the winter after planting) so hopefully he'll put on a lot of growth now

Copper tape

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 06:13

We have lots of birds, hedgehogs, frogs and toads - and we don't suffer too badly from slug damage - however copper strips around the pots would be a simple additional safeguard, if they work   I may will get some and see what happens

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 06:02

Good morning Fritillary and everyone else when they appear

Have to head into the city this morning to get my hair tidied ready for Pa's send off tomorrow, so no gardening until I get back from that   I found it difficult to sleep last night as I was just too warm - is it time to get the summer duvet out or will winter return?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 19:45
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

I was doing some light hoeing by the pond and spotted a pair of newts. I can't tell you excited I was.

Love newts   We had loads of Gt Crested Newts on the smallholding - we watched the males doing their courting display in the ponds flashing their tails - wonderful some of them aren't terribly bright though - every winter we'd find some squashed ones as they tried to hibernate under our kitchen doormat No wonder they're endangered!!!

I've weeded most of the front border today - while I was doing that I found a hellebore seedling underneath H. Tutu - I've potted it up and labelled it and am growing impatient - how many years until I see a flower .... someone???

When does cherry blossom?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 18:30

We're in Norfolk - some are out now, but not all of them by any means - we get chilly winds in March.

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