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Blossom Trees

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 14:21

Hi Steven,

I'm sorry to disappoint you but the trees you mention will be growing higher than 2-3 m. In your case I would recommend planting some shrubs that do reach that size. Some of my personal favourites would be: Amelanchier lamarckii, Halesia carolina, Cornus alternifolia 'Pagoda', Cornus kousa, Nandina domestica, Hibiscus syriacus, Syringa, Philadelphus, Magnolia stellata but have a look around, there are so many beautiful shrubs to choose from.  

tiny black bugs

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 13:55

We will need a picture, mrssnuggs.

Help Plant Ident

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 13:46

I think it is Angelica archangelica, Garden Angelica.

Help Plant Ident

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 13:19

I'm sorry but I don't see a picture. Could it possibly be Crambe cordifolia?

Plum Tree

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 13:03

Two possibilities spring to my mind. One is that it needs to grow new roots in order to establish itself again, which means that that will take up most of its energy. Therefore the leaves are small but it's enough for photosynthesis. It's a good idea to remove the blossom 'cause then there is no energy "wasted".

Two; You may have re-planted it too deep and therefore the roots don't get enough oxygen. If that's the case you can take some of the soil off the roots now and I would advise you to re-plant after the leaves have fallen in late Autumn.

A picture could make the trees situation much clearer. 

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 12:40

Good afternoon all,

Today the weather isn't nearly as beautiful as yesterday's. Lots of rain and apparently we're in for some thunderstorms with hail and gusty winds. Grrrrrr.   

So lots of people will be travelling this weekend. I hope you'll all arrive safely at your destinations and of course, have a lovely wedding / holiday / weekend. KG, I hope you can get some decent sleep; when me and OH travelled to New Zealand we slept for 20 hours after our arrival and after that everything was fine, no more jetlag.

So Geoff, all set then. Will Margret be doing her duty again? Hopefully Cody will like his stay at the kennels. Oh, and look out for those notorious pick-pockets.

Kate , good news about the flower making. 

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 15:30

I have a gold star, I have a gold star.......                

Yes, that sounds veeerrryyy warm; but according to my uncle it's a different heat because it isn't so humid in Spain. And you're right, you'll need those sun glasses.

Oh Inkadog, could you please, please please send some of that sun to the Netherlands next week, the forecast is not good at all.

re peonies -  yes, only very recently I heard the same and this person had a picture to go with the story. I'm not sure if I can find it again but I'll try. You'll see ants on a bud and no aphids at all in sight.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 15:11

Hi Kate, hope the crossed fingers aren't too much of an inconvenience yet 'cos they really do help, you know  

I have found one job on a temperary basis but I really need something steady so am still hunting.

How many origami flowers have you made already? It seems to me that you must be able to fold them in your dreams by now. Did anybody offer any help otherwise you can send the pigeon over.  

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 14:33

Hi all,

After a couple of very busy weeks (hunting for a new job -still-,  birthdays, holidays and Mum visiting) I can finally concentrate on gardening again. And also, talk about it. I have been reading messages though, just didn't have the time to react.

At the moment the weather overhere is bright and sunny but very windy. And quite warm too - about 20C. I'm glad to see everything growing again after such a wet and cold March and April.

OH made me a small border along the wall we share with our neighbours and I planted it with Garrya elliptica 'James Roof', Clematis 'Pink Fantasy', Geranium sanguineum, Hakonechloa macra  'Aureola', Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Rubra, Astilbe 'Sprite' and Campanula posharskyana. Also some small bulbs. It looks really lovely now in that corner and I was able to put in a lot of plants I still had left from my previous garden.Needless to say I still have lots more to do. Next project will be to clear the front garden of the terrible weeds that are growing there.

@Geoff, your Lonicera is Lonicera tatarica, probably 'Rosea'.  Have you been to Spain yet?


Drooping acer leaves

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 13:33

To me it sounds like Verticillium, a soil-borne fungus  Acers are very prone to this disease. If it really is Verticillium, there is no cure I'm afraid. Do you have any pictures of the tree in that state? That could make things clearer for us.

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