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Tree for container

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 22:46

Purple leaved acers like some sun.


However, I found that in spite of having mine in a very large pot, it still did better in the ground.


Olive trees like poor soil and can happily grow in a pot, full sun, very easy trees.

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 22:43

Anyone?! 

Pest on nectarine

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 21:41

A friend of mine had these on his fruit trees and used lacewing larvae (from May) as biological warfare - worked a treat.


I use them for whitefly and aphid infestations - amazing creatures, eat everything in their path!

Plant ID please

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 21:21



Looks evergreven, quite dark and glossy leaves.


Its the 30cm tall plant to the right of the citronella scented geranium.


There's also an identical plant along the back garden wall, in the background of the photo!


Both have self seeded and I've no idea what they are, but they look rather nice.

Ill mimosa tree

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 21:16

Thanks Obelixx, the mimosa has been taken out now.


very sad...


It was riddled with disease...

Ill mimosa tree

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 20:56

Oh no 😔 Obelixx it looks and sounds exactly like verticillium wilt...


The whole tree is affected and there seems to be no cure...


I do wonder whether dumping some heavy duty fungicide into the soil, once mimosa has gone, to kill off the spores, may help?


Worst possible outcome for this poor tree, but good to know what we're dealing with.


Thanks for your time Obelixx - I can always rely on you 🙂

Ill mimosa tree

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 19:24

Anyone? 

Planting in area where cypresses have lived

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 18:19

Thanks all. I have no way of testing the soil sadly,  and am leaving this wonderful garden in a weeks time...was hoping to plant up a lilac for my host before I left, as it's her favourite plant!


maybe I should choose a less high maintenance spot.

Ill mimosa tree

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 18:16

Ill mimosa tree

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 18:15

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Utterly stumped - please help as it's losing all its leaves... 
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Plant ID please

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Ill mimosa tree

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Please ID this one for me!

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