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Diseased Elder Tree?? Can someone help?

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 11:54

I have a similar problem with a black elderberry. It was flourishing last year but after a long wet spell, when the bed was completely waterlogged, it is struggling this year.  I wonder if the roots have drowned over the few weeks it was so wet. Could this be the problem with yours?

Sambucus Nigra

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:09


This is this year's sad photo. You can see the bare branches, luckily a bit disguised by the gaura flowers. 

I cut it back last autumn, Verdun. Was that the wrong time to do it? Also, that particular bed was waterlogged for several weeks in the spring, which is why I worried the roots might have suffered.

Any help welcome!

Sambucus Nigra

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 06:43

In France. The storm was huge. The nearest lightning strike I've ever known - absolutely deafening thunder and terrific winds. Luckily, no damage. Photo coming in the couple of hours.

Sambucus Nigra

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 19:47

Just seen the replies. You are right, Nutcutlet. That was last year. I"ll put a photo of this year tomorrow. It's a bit dark now, expecting a storm.

Sambucus Nigra

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:08


Help! My beautiful sambucus nigra, which has flourished for 4 or 5 years is almost bare of leaves this year, no flowers and it's really struggling. Has anyone any idea what could have gone wrong? We had a very wet winter and the soil is heavy clay. Could it have drowned?  

Also, does anyone know how to turn my photo the right way up, please???


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:00

Thank you, Verdun. I'll try to find the seeds and try it. It's such a beautiful blue - quite lifts the heart to see it.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 18:43

Thank you, folks. I'll do that and let you know.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 16:37

Does anyone know whether flax flowers more than once? There was a beautiful field of it near me last week - totally covered in sky blue flowers. When I went back to photograph it this afternoon there was not a sign of flowers. Is this because it's finished altogether or because it flowers in the morning and I went in the afternoon? I hope that is the answer - I'll go early in the morning, if it is.


Jelly like substance

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 18:55

We had them on the lawn in SW France. The earth is hard, compacted limey clay, so I use the word "lawn" loosely. Any ideas anyone. I don't use water-retaining granules and don't have babies.


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 16:23

Thanks for all the replies. I know it's not deer and I doubt it'll be rabbits, so I guess it's those drafted slugs again. Anybody got a hedgehog to spare?

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