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Is my acer diseased?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:57

Thanks H-C

I'll give the quicksilver a hard cut back tomorrow, trim off the dead bits off the acer and keep everything crossed.
Both your alternative suggestions would look good there, so I've made a note, but hope I don't need to refer to it :)


Is my acer diseased?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:29

Thanks H-C I suspected some sort of fungus.
I gave the whole area a 4" layer of rotted f/y manure in autumn, should I feed with something else too?

I've also noticed that my Elaeagnus Quicksilver (approx 10ft) that's next to it apart from the very top looks mostly dead. It also has split bark along the length of a main branch - is it likey the same fungus?

Last year from July to Dec we had almost no rain here, maybe that the drought has weakened the plants and allowed fungus to get hold

Do I need to net blackcurrants and respberries

Posted: Yesterday at 14:54

:) you must have some very healthy birds in your garden raisingirl

Thanks for the tip

Is my acer diseased?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:55

I have a beautiful acer Katsura. Doing my rounds this morning I noticed blotches on some stems a bit like tomato blight.
Any thoughts?


Do I need to net blackcurrants and respberries

Posted: Yesterday at 13:46

Thanks verd - I did cut all the stems to the ground and mulched the whole area with rotted manure when I planted them in Nov. and today just put a little bfb around them too.

I'll not worry about netting this year and look forward to my bumper crop next year!

Thanks again

Do I need to net blackcurrants and respberries

Posted: Yesterday at 13:12

I planted 15 raspberries (5 each early/mid/autumn) and 5 Ben Connan blackcurrant bushes over the winter.

I've been wondering how to keep the birds from harvesting the fruits of my labour, but will the bushes produce any fruit in their first year?
Or can I wait another year before I'll need to net them?

Black lady birds,red spots

Posted: Yesterday at 09:10

I came across one in my garden last year.
I had no idea what sort of l/b it was - looked a bit scary, but I posted a pic and was advised it's a harlequin.

Lords and ladies

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 12:04

I've been battling with L&L for more than 5 years now. Even today there are hundreds of their little leaves poking above ground.
The leaves are quite waxy and I've found that roundup etc has little effect as it just runs off the leaves.

I can turn over a bit of soil almost anywhere in my garden and find the little bu**ers.

Even tiny bulblets will send up leaves from 12"+ below the soil surface.

I just keep on hoeing - but more still keep coming

Small bush or shrub

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 17:47

Another vote for Daphne.
I've just ordered a Daphne tangutica  - lovely little shrub that scents the air and grows to about 1m x 1m

And there's 20% off at Crocus atm.

Last edited: 19 February 2017 17:49:26

The GW flickr group

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:23

For the 'what's this?' type of post the GW site is fine.

If folk would like to share lots of pictures of their garden then flickr is a good option.

If you want to check that it's ok do to so on this site, drop NoraGW a Message, she's the lovely lady that keeps this site up to scratch.

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