9ft 7 is not close enough to 10ft. Is the one on display 10ft?
I had an apricot which had a similar cracking, and weeping. One half of the tree died, and we cut it out. The rest looked sick for a long time. We eventually cut the lot down this year after a lot of prevaricating. I suspect yours will never be right. I would take it out now.
I love deep root trainers for sweet peas.
If its an oriental poppy, now is the ideal time to take root cuttings.....or it may split easily into "irishmans cuttings" a bit of shoot with a bit of root already attached.
I had one that flowered its socks off all summer on clay, but it died over winter.
She didn't look that old ,did she?
My doctors does tetanus boosters every ten years.(well the nurse does anyway.)
Artjak, I think that the strange nectaroscordum type seed head is of Primula florindae, the giant Himalayan cowslip.
Anything that grows to 8m high could get out of hand. It's also likely to be too big a tree to be close to the house unless you have a really large garden.
Regular tetanus boosters are essential for all gardeners,even if they usually wear gloves.
A lot of immunizations given in childhood wear off as you get older.I have just had a polio,tetanus,and diphtheria booster.