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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. 

Identify Please ?

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 11:30

This looks like a Japanese Azalea to me. Lovely little shrub that should be planted in partial shade in a well-drained soil. If your soil is alkaline you should use ericacious compost as these thrive in acidic soils.

Robinia Tree problems...

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 13:52

Robinia 'Frisia' is known to be hardy, so frost damage doesn't seem very likely. Has the bark been damaged in any way? Or has some work been done near the tree? Has the tree ever been pruned? What kind of soil is it planted in?

When possible try uploading a picture, so we can have a look.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 13:30

Afternoon all, this morning I had some very good news: I have the job, yay!!!!! So a very very big thank you to everyone who crossed their fingers - and some toes also   . I am starting this Wednesday so am over the moon. Initially I'll be working two days a week but I hope I can persuade them eventually to make that three.   

Finally it's getting warmer, phew. We've had some glorious days of warmth and sunshine with rain and thunderstorms at the end. I really love watching the lightning with all these serpentines in the sky. The plants are thriving and I noticed that our Albizia is starting to come into leaf. Unfortunately a climbing rose has been damaged severely but I haven't lost it completely so hopefully we will get some flowers.

Hi Lottie, hope you recovered well after food poisoning and chest infection. I've had it once and hopefully never again. Very tiring and painful.

Kate, that 's an aweful noise. Do you have to stay at home?

BTW, has anybody heard of Jo and Yvie?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 09:00

Goodmorning all, woke up with some glorious sunshine and even though it's still quite windy I will be in the garden all day long. So a quick update.

@ Woo2, thanks for crossing your fingers too    

My job interview went very well and with a bit of luck I have the job!!!!!! I'll here something defenite today.

Yesterday I went to a GC that only sells annual bedding plants and I'm afraid I couldn't resist..... so along came Brachycome, Lobelia, Pelargonium, Helichrysum, Lofos, Agyranthemum, Nemesia, Felicia and of course trailing Verbena. I'm not sure these will be the last I buy    I'm afraid this is a "disease" that runs in the family 'cos my Mum bought even more than I did.  

May In Your Garden

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 16:43

Thanks Jo!!!   It's lovely to hear from you again. I hope you are feeling ok and that you're not doing too much; you still need a lot of TLC.

I'm going to peal the potatos now but I hope to "see" you tomorrow!?  

May In Your Garden

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 16:16

Kate - thanks, I'll look into that information.    The crossed fingers really help you know. Since everyone who offered started crossing them I've had four interviews whereas last year.......none.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 15:35

Brrr, just went outside to try and do some gardening but it is just too cold. The garden will have to wait. We've had some nice weather yesterday so was able to cut the grass. The garden always looks so much better after that job, really satifying.

I had a job interview at a garden centre yesterday. It went very well but I will have to wait for their reply now so my nails will probably be gone by next week.

Kate, your origami flowers look smashing. Errr.......could you tell me how to make them?   I think my child in care - she's getting maried in July -  will adore them. I'm glad to hear that the sun was out at the wedding - are you going to be the bronze Venus now?

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