Posted: 05/05/2017 at 13:26
Just remembered to pass this tip on.
Ten years ago I planted a crab apple - John Downey - on which flourished colonies of aphids, farmed by ants, on the new spring shots. I was advised to tie suet balls to the branches to attract birds which will also devour the aphids.
later that year no aphids no ants. Every year since has been a lovely crop of blossom and healthy new growth. Works a treat.
Sadly something else is worrying this year. the lovely blossom went a bright orange rust colour and shrivelled from the edges way before the usual time for petal drop. Why? whats up?
Also there is fire blight on the walnut trees......