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Apricot leaves wilt: Help!

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:06

Sorry Hogroast, late again. Hope I'm not too late. Does the sap smell sour, like vinegar? Is there an orange discoloration in the bark? In that case bacterial cancer is most likely, which fidgetbones suggested above. Infected areas under bark or branches are usually sunken and oozing sap. Google for photos to get an impression of cancer spots, so you know what to look for.

No worries about the photos, I can't place them at all so you're doing a lot better in that part!





Help needed identifying plants!

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:16

The second one is Elaeagnus x ebbengei. I think Lilylouise is right by saying it's Ph. opulifolius 'Darts gold'.

Apricot leaves wilt: Help!

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 15:44

Sorry for not replying earlier Hogroast2. Have been very busy weeding and pruning these past few days. Unfortunately I can't enlarge the photos and they are too small for me to be able to recognise any diseases. However, I'd certainly advise you to prune that left fork away and now would be the best time to do it. Make sure to disinfect your saw after pruning and burn the prunings, otherwise the disease might spread. 

I have to mention that, sadly there is a possibility that your apricot tree could die as they do not like to be pruned hard. It might therefore be a good idea to prune only the small shoot and ask what is wrong with it at a fruit tree nursery.

Apricot leaves wilt: Help!

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 15:06

Would you be able to post a photo of the tree?

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Posted: 20/03/2013 at 15:26

One nursery I used to work for had been founded by the Granddad, SIL took over and now Grandson is working there as well. Daughter was doing the paperwork. Lots and lots of quarreling and Granddad used to stay away for days if something bothered him. NOT nice to work with, but very knowledgable chap.

We now have 1'' of snow and it's not melting away today...oh well, let's get cookin'

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Posted: 20/03/2013 at 14:28

Hey Geoff- yep, long time no see. Still jobless but much happier than I was the last couple of month. I'm going to try and post more often. BTW, did you see the update in the profile?  

I heard that somewhere too, Derek.  It's just that my fingers keep itching.


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Posted: 20/03/2013 at 13:57

Dinner plan ready. Mum called and had a recipe for some left over meat so gonna give that a try. Muffins will be send, but might also be tomorrow Bunny

Hi Flo - sorry,  missed your post completely

Hello Derek  and Nola !  Come on Spring indeed!!

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Posted: 20/03/2013 at 12:49

And upwards too, I hope Bunny   the temps, that is! 

Mmmm, freshly baked bread    . Thinking of making strawberry muffins....and feeling peckish. Am working on plan for dinner but it'll have to wait. 

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Posted: 20/03/2013 at 12:16

Afternoon all, 

Thought I'd seen the last of this white stuff they are dropping from the skies!!! Has been snowing all day here - have been up since 6.50. We've had some wonderful weather in the last couple of weeks but apparently we're going back to winter clothing again. 

Also saw The Fixer last night and thought it was a bit dull but the advice given was good. Have worked in garden centers and nurseries myself so know how difficult it is to attract customers and keep them. 

covering large slope

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 11:14

Geraniums will be good fillers - garden Geraniums that is, not Pelargoniums. Geranium macrorrhizum, G. cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' spread fast and don't mind acid soil. I'd also plant ferns and bulbs.

I also agree with Obelixx that the coloured stems of dogwoods will be brightening up the slope.

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