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Help with poorly pear tree please!

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:37

I agree with Alina, could be pear rust. IMO this could also be caused by the Pear Leaf Blister Mite so I think that a photo could enlighten us all, if that 's possible.

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:20

@ Kate, Oooow that 's a relief, now I only need to find my hat..... should I ask Alice?

@ Geoff, now that is Spain for you. Garden centers overthere are famous for their dresses    BTW, aren't you coming to Holland soon? If you can do visit the Floriade but make sure the weather is nice otherwise it can be very dissappointing.     

Staking a Tree

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:10

Most trees only need staking for a year or two. With a Birch tree I would try to keep it there as long as possible as Birch's have a very shallow root system. Do check the tie regularly as these are fast growing trees and re-new when it becomes to tight.  

The tree will not straighten itself so if you want yours to be straight you'll need to tie it to the current stake, or elongate the stake and then tie the tree to it.

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 15:57

Hi Inka, glad to meet you on this thread again. How's life in your beautiful corner of the world? Hope the sun comes shining through for you. I find that grey mornings - unless it's raining - are often followed by sunny afternoons.

I love Amaranthus', especially in a large bouquet  with (wild) summer flowers and grasses. 

@ Kate, isn't that the normal time for stembeans to flower? I would think that the leaves have to do with the weather off late and the beans are doing their usual thing. 

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 15:40

No footy, I do not like it at all, never have. As a child I had to watch it every Sunday when we went to my Grandparents so now I see as little footy as I can. We did get some of these orange firework-things and had planned to use them when the Dutch team lost but we both fell asleep so couldn't annoy the neighbours.

Mmm, a be honest, I never wear one so it 'll probably something with linnen trousers.

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 14:57

Job is going very well yes, thanks Geoff  and Kate. Won't be a stranger but until we've had that wedding it's gonna be somewhat quieter on my part. But at te moment I'm still reading all those messasges I've missed; I did read that I can congratulate Lottie on her birthday, Lilylouise is very busy with getting her garden ready, Geoff is getting some male support but need more catching up to do...

Diner prep now as I'd like to do some gardening this evening; we're having fresh spinach and meatloaf . Strawberries, blueberries and banana in vanilla yoghurt for afters, yum yum.

We do have french beans that are only two feet tall (small) but they are mainly grown by the farmers, flowers are a good sign. 

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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 13:51

At last!! I found you all. I thought everyone was very busy in their gardens until last Friday when I looked at this thread and saw how many responses there had been, doh.  I haven't been on here for a while cos I have been very busy with my new (almost perfect) job  and of course preparations for the wedding of SIL/child in care. OH will be "giving her away" and so more things to do as he and I will be needing some new clothes.

The weather today is fine even though the sun isn't shining that much, with temps of about 21C and no wind at all at the moment. But we have been promised gusty winds and heavy thunderstorms for Thursday. Just hope that it all will pass us by otherwise we might be stuck -  just like two years ago - and this is not something that is normal in a flat country ours.

re Sweet peas -  OH found the tiniest sweet pea I'd ever seen the other day. When I asked him where he'd found it he said it was growing at his worksite. It was heavily scented and I did ask for some seed pods but today he rang and told me it had been attacked by a mower.... Hopefully it will re-grow or has self seeded.

No leaves on tree yet

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 12:27

Hi Maricia,

Your Liquidambar 'Gumball' should have produced lots of healthy leaves by now, and to me the most obvious reason why it didn't is that the tree could be planted too deep.

Normally trees should be planted at the same depth as they were growing at the nursery because they need their uppermost roots to be just under the surface in order to get enough oxygen. Even if it's planted only a few inches too deep the tree will struggle. Please check the depth of the uppermost roots.

Another possibility is that the trunk has been damaged in any way. Could you try and upload photos of the situation? I would also like to know what soil the tree has been planted in.

BTW, I'm also living in the Netherlands so if you're not too far away I could come over and check your tree out if you would like me to. 



May In Your Garden

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 14:50

Good afternoon All, yesterday was my first day at the new job. When I came home after a very busy, hot day at the GC I had to plough through a thunderstorm with strong gusts of wind. Quite dangerous actually with all the floodings but I arrived at home safely in my old Fiat Panda.

I was happy to see that in this GC they have new stuff coming in every day and things are sold very quickly. Lots of beautiful plants, shrubs and trees and they sell bedding plants as well.

Together with the owner's wife and daughter I'm resposible for selling, advice about and taking care after the plants. I wouldn't have thought that there would be lots of customers with those temps but from about 9:00 till 17:00 it was busy. Have to admit that today my muscles are a bit sore as it has been over a year that I had a job like that but that will be a question of time. I'm just happy to be "back in business".    

Thanks for all the support and congrats everyone. It is very quiet here today, so I'm guessing you're all having a good time at Chelsea... 

Robinia Tree problems...

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 11:56

Please check if you haven't planted your Robinia 'Frisia' too deep. The upper most roots should only be a inch under the soil at most. These trees love poor, dry soils and do best when they are not pampered. They hate wet soils so I would stop mulching. 

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