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Plant ID

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 13:12

It's Salvia verticillata, might be S. verticillata 'Hannay's Blue'

Can You Identify These?

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 19:53

I think it could be a Primula species, Primula beesiana maybe?

Problem With Pear Tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 14:31

It looks like Pear leaf blister mite. Read more about it here:

If the infestation is severe, it is possible that the young fruit is infected.

A very fast growing climber to cover cherry tree by this summer

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 15:59

If you like white flowers you could try growing Solanum jasminoides, Potato vine up the tree. It behaves like an annual, as it's frost tender but it's certainly growing fast.

Types of Sage

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:43

Could be Satureja montana ? That's what it looks like to me. If you brush with your hand through the plant it should smell a little like Thyme.

@Edd, at second thought I think you're right with it being Thyme 'Jekka'. Judging from the leaves it can't be Satureja.


shrub ID

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:08

First one -and second- is Viburnum lantana. Last pic is Spiraea bumalda.

Tree ID

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 08:14

Star gaze lily is right, it's a Prunus. The glossy bark of one of the stems indicates it's Prunus serrula. 

It'll grow very wide, if you let it. Should you want to prune it, don't  take out stems that are over 8 cm in diameter, as these will start to rot away quite easily. Prunus' should be pruned in late Summer to prevent Silver Leaf.

What are these?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 14:58

It's a female variety of Skimmia japonica. Male ones don't produce the red berries, they have panicles of red buds during winter and fragrant white flowers in spring. Read more here:

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 14:14

@Drywsdad and @Abby2, please keep in mind that evergreen shrubs and trees drop their older leaves in Spring, when new leaves are forming. However, I think the main problem is formed by the clay soil which your tree/shrub is planted in. It creates the wet conditions that Photinia's hate and is the main reason for leaf spot to occur, You can read more about that here:

Photinia's want a free draining, slighly acid soil, which heavy clay isn't. And I'm afraid that re-planting the tree with ericacious compost in the same planting hole will not resolve the problems you're having because the alkaline clay soil will mix with the compost after rainfall. Besides that, on a damp, heavy soil a planting hole backfilled with coarser material, including a lighter natural soil or topsoil mix may act as a sump.

My advice would be to either create a raised border completely filled with  ericacious compost, mixed with a sandy topsoil or plant Photinia's in a big tub with holes for drainage. If that's not possible you'd be better off planting something else, for instance a Portugese Laurel.

Sorry for the long post, but I hope this will help you decide what to do. 


My poor Rhododendron

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:24

Oh dear, that does indeed look like Phytophthora, with the wilting and the brown leaf spots that seem to be developing as well. The most probable cause is poor drainage of the clay soil. This advice below might also be helpful. 


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