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Dead fruit Trees?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 16:09

Besides the scratch test, you might be able to lift one out of the pot to check the health of the roots. Vine weevil grubs attack many ornamental fruit trees in pots, and you don't know they have been there until it's too late - your description indicates some distress last summer. ) . If it was vine weevil, there may not be any grubs left by now, but the root system will have been attacked and it should be noticeable. 


Posted: 29/04/2013 at 16:04

I have been complaining to the moderator about the lack of moderation, with no response. maybe a separate thread will catch someone's eye, but I suspect they are all too wrapped up on the big site revamp. 

Which shrub to plant in this situation...?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 15:36

Summer bedders such as tender geraniums or begonias will give colour until October,  and/or trailing fuchsia, trailing slver or gold leaved helechrysum,  then replace with violas (prettier and more floriferous than pansies IMHO) until March. 

Which shrub to plant in this situation...?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 15:01

Fairygirl, I wondered about that. When i had them in pots I used to move them out of the way after they had flowered. Only problem is the 1 ft x 3 ft trough - it won't take a pot big enough for a camellia I don't think. 

Which shrub to plant in this situation...?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 14:42

You can keep them to any size you want within reason. MIL has some in a raised bed and they are around 5 feet tall. Prune immediately after  flowering - May time usually.

Arjak, you are spot on. I didn't mention it because Mrs. W's description of the planned site suggested it would probably not get morning sun. MIL's Jury's Yellow has caught the morning sun and the white flowers have been disfigured with brown edges. 

Which shrub to plant in this situation...?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 14:12

A camellia? If so make sure you use ericaceous compost. get one of the x williamsii hybrids (such as Donation)  rather than the japonicas - they are hardier and don't need so much sunshine to flower. 

Moving honeysuckle

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 14:09

They are woodland plants - I had a woodland with lots of birch and rowans (light canopy)  and a few oak and beech amongst them. The native honeysuckles went for the birch and rowans, but the flowering was sparse, and mostly near the top of the trees. 

Vine Weevil

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 13:32

Daffygardener, good timing! The EU has just (today) approved the banning of three neonicotenoids, ones that are used on a commercial scale such as imidacloprid. The active ingredient  in Provado Ultimate Bug Killer and Vine Weevil Killer (thiacloprid)  is not affected by the ruling, so the big volume users have been tackled, and gardeners still have choices available to them.  

weed supressing membrane

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 13:22

I have read your earlier posts and understand that you don't want to use glyphosate. I would think that a totally obscure material such as black polythene would kill your grass in around a month or two, though some aggressive grasses such as couch could take a lot longer. Weed suppressing membrane is different. I have just checked  my own (in the shed!) and it does let some light through ( as well as moisture of course), which means the grass could take a lot longer to die, but I have no idea how long that might be. 

If you have perennial weeds such as dandelions, they will take a lot longer to die. They survive underground every winter! 

help with ornamental tree choice

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 10:19

Sorbus vilmorinii is a beautiful little tree, white flowers, attractive berries that last into winter and loved by birds, very attractive leaves that turn a brilliant red in autumn. what more could you ask for? (OK, perfume, bark colour, but what else...)

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