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Ill mimosa tree

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 09:19

It's about 10 years old, planted in an open bottomed raised bed, free draining site, south facing but with roots in shade all day. Never lacks water. 


Loads of brown, bare, possibly dead branches on the crown and under the canopy at eye level.


Was happy and healthy until a few months ago, still flowered this year but not as much as in previous years,


Saw a few whitefly flying about, but can't see any infestation at the level I can see, no eggs or larvae on lower leaves. 


Still, I put some lacewing larvae up there just in case (it's very warm here in south of France).


As leaves die back, they are reddish.


There are plenty of new leaves on healthy branches.


It shares a bed with some vinca majors and a couple fo small grasses.


Help! I love this tree and would hate to lose it.



sorry about photo position - they are all, the right way up on my iPad!




Bracken fungus in a dead trunk

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 21:23

Ok thanks.


so long as it isnt related to honey fungus!

Bracken fungus in a dead trunk

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 20:59

Bracket, sorry!


Exactly like this one:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=98

Bracken fungus in a dead trunk

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 20:56

It's growing from the base of a very old decaying stump, of a ligustrum that was cut down years ago.


The original tree was on its was out before the fungus became apparent.


Could spores spread to other areas of the garden?

South of France best shrubs for east facing wall

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 20:47

Neighbouring plots are very same-y...citrus, siccas, yukkas, roses, not much else.

South of France best shrubs for east facing wall

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 20:44

Hello and thanks all!


no I'm not set on an evergreen at all...I love the sound of eleagnus as a foil, but was more looking for a feature shrub in its own right.


the mount Etna looks stunning, but possibly too wide for that site. Everything here seems to get a lot larger than anything I've ever grown in the UK! And much faster.


the hibiscus looks like a very string contender, will have a good look. 


Does anybody know of a lilac that would thrive in that spot, or do they only tolerate full sun?

South of France best shrubs for east facing wall

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 17:21

Thanks ladybird, will have a look! Problem around here apparently is that local nurseries have a limited selection and lovely UK specialist nurseries don't ship abroad!

South of France best shrubs for east facing wall

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 21:01

I'm staying with friends who have a lovely garden here in Antibes.


There are 3 straggly and rather ugly cypress trees in the eastern corner, planted some 50 years ago, which they're taking out - too much upkeep as they don't live here and regularly need trimming and nothing grows under them (apart from one glorious camellia).


they're looking for a large shrub, which will create some privacy from overlooking houses, that won't need high maintenance and will have some seasonal interest.


the soil has had cypress growing in them for decades, but has had lots of good compost mixed in. Would it be acid, due to rye cypresses?


my friend loves lilac, but I'm not sure there is a variety which likes this situation - or is there?


the garden is very warm even now, from April. It us south facing, but has a Gardena watering system in place when owners aren't here.


sorry I've no photo, but will add one as soon as I can.


any ideas?

Please ID this one for me!

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 15:18

I only recall him telling me that it gets very large and can't stay in a pot for long!


Sadly he has moved ab and I can't contact him :-(


The leaves have fine hairs all over them which sting if brushed, so seem irritant.


apparently it loves full sun and flowers profusely all summer too.


any ideas?





GW iplayer not working

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 16:37

Thanks all!

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