Posted: 24/05/2017 at 11:22
Two queries - 1. I have a variegated shrub in my south facing front garden - already here when I moved 2 years ago. The leaves are red/green/splashes of white (I don't know the species) and are dropping rather more than usual at the moment. It has always looked somewhat droopy and unhealthy so wonder if the aspect (very warm in summer - sandy soil which dries out quickly) is the cause? Saying that, we have had about 4-5 days of heavy rain last week. Photo attached. I am considering disposing of it as it looks pretty awful.
2. I planted two Italian Cypress (?) Trees when the garden was 'made over' 18 months ago. I notice that they have green knobbly lumps - photo attached. Is this a disease or their natural 'fruit?' They are in semi raised beds where the topsoil is quite shallow (one was previously a fishpond, the other was originally a veg patch but had all manner of debris under about 2' of soil.