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Laburnum are susceptible to Silverleaf disease http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=245
I've got Hinnomaki Yellow - a gorgeous gooseberry but totally unsuited for a pot - very sprawling - just thought I'd warn you.
Xenia sound as if they'd be good in a pot http://www.readsnursery.co.uk/gooseberry-xenia/
Something in my head keeps saying "trace element deficiency" but whether I'm right and if so, which trace element, I have no idea
The damage to the leaves looks like they've received attention from a leaf-cutter bee - fascinating things and they'll do no lasting damage to the tree.
I wonder where it's building it's nest? Have you got one of these in your garden? http://www.montybees.org.uk/content/how-make-homes-solitary-bees
The yellowing of the leaves is something different - is your tree in a pot or in the open ground? What's the feeding/watering regime?
Some info here http://www.mcevoyranch.com/nursery/pests_and_diseases
He hasn't??????? He has????????
I'll come with you ............
Oooh Nut! That sounds expensive!!!
So hot and sunny today - but the frogs in our pond look cool enough
I've used the gel on dandelions in the lawn and it's fine - it works and doesn't affect the grass as long as you're careful and only put it on the weeds.
I've killed bindweed with Roundup Spray - you need to put some canes in the garden and encourage the bindweed to grow up the canes. Then mask off your plants with sheets of cardboard and spray the bindweed. Leave the bindweed until it goes brown - that indicates that the active ingredient (glyphosate) has travelled back to the roots and killed them as well. It sometimes works better if you bruise the leaves slightly before spraying.
A packet of basil seeds will cost you less than two plants from a supermarket, and, sown next spring will provide you with hundreds of plants
Those who are visiting here http://www.e-ruston-oldvicaragegardens.co.uk/pages/view/562/gardens.htm on the 19th July can expect to see lots of Pokeweed in the wilder parts of the garden, under the big shelter belts of Monterey Pine.