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What is this plant called?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 10:41

You said that you took the photos in a water garden centre and that they where more pink than creamy white; I have a feeling that it might be Butomus umbellatus or Flowering Rush Not sure though!

What is this?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 09:51

Could this be some kind of fasciation, like in Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fasciation'?

help please

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 15:50

Defenitely chickweed. No need to worry. It's an annual and it's easily removed. If you happen to have some chooks, they love this weed. You will have to keep on top of it as this plant flowers and sets seed at the same time during it's growing season. Try to remove all the roots too as chickweed can overwinter.

Help identifying this please

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 15:40

Isn't that Common Figwort? No need to get rid of, unless it becomes invasive. It is used as a herb.

help please

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 14:06

I'm not sure, but could it be chickweed?

Plant ID

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 07:24

I think it's Campanula persicifolia, Peach Leaved Bellflower. Not completely sure though.


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:08

I actually don't think it's in your soil. This bacterial disease is transmitted by rain, wind, birds and insects so "it's in the air", and can infect trees even through the stomata. We've had some very wet seasons and so, unfortunately the circumstances have been ideal for the disease to spread that quickly.

Please, do contact a tree specialist if you can or look for a knowledgeable fruit tree grower. They will be able to tell you if your trees can be saved and what precautions to take now and in the future. I will keep my fingers crossed for you!


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 14:04

The best thing to do would be to contact a good tree surgeon so he/she can establish how many of the trees are infected, but they can be expensive. You can look for a local tree specialist at www.

Normally the infected bits are pruned and the prunings will be have to be removed from the site or burnt. Pruning tools should be desinfected immediately afterwards.

I wouldn't take the Pyracantha out just yet; I have one myself that shows all the symptoms every year but only in spring. During summer it normally picks up again. Roses and Ash are generally not infected. The Cotoneasters we have in our garden also have symptoms: there are a number of twigs that die back but that seems controlable by cutting them out as soon as I notice them. It's the fruit trees that are most often infected. I know that I would be inclined to remove the apple tree because of the large cankers on the trunk base.

I really wish I had some better news. It's so sad to loose established trees. Good luck Lulubella!

dying tree

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:22

Would it be possible to upload clear photos of the bark and infected branches?


Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:13

Both trees are members of the Rosaceae family and are prone to fireblight. Your description of the symptoms certainly sounds as if this disease could be the reason why you're loosing the trees. You can read more about it here:

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