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Shrinking Violet

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Prunus Kanzan (flowering cherry) going brown

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 21:38

I had just such a problem the other year.  I put it down to low light levels and a general malaise of poor seasonal weather.  A lot of rain promoted lush, weak growth, although the soil was far from waterlogged.

Advice that I was given was to give it a bit of a feed and see how it responded.  It didn't.  That is why it is, sadly, so more.

I don't know if my diagnosis was correct, or if the advice that I was given was poor.  But sometimes a plant reaches a point beyond which it cannot be saved.  I hope this is not the case with your tree - but I would be prepared for the worst, and pleased if next year it manages to perk up. (or, hopefully, there may be better advice from more knowledgeable posters here.)


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 20:41

Dry and cool all day - but it's raining now.  Apparently this rain is moving across the country tonight.  One week of sunshine, and now it's "normal service is resumed"

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 20:35

Chucked it down with rain for most of the morning.  I think we must have sent this weather across country, since I saw it pelting down at some of the Olympic events!  Lea Valley canoeing seemed to catch quite a downpour.  I was interested to see the area - it's near to where I used to live - and I used to go there to pick wild blackberries and rosehips, as well as bicycle around the flat areas, especially the towpaths.  It looks a bit different now!

Afternoon was lovely sunshine, although noticeably cooler.


Posted: 28/07/2012 at 18:03

I've earmarked this one - though I wasn't going to buy one until (if!) we have moved.  But I see there's a special offer by GW, and I'm so tempted to buy & keep it in a pot until I can plant it out.  Is that a plan?  Or madness?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 17:57

A dose of British reality today:  rain overnight/early morning, then sunshine and clouds with a stiffish north-west breeze. 

Enjoy the rains, Lisa - I think it's the percolated peaty water that makes Glenlivet so renowned. 

Olympic opening:  some of it must have had overseas viewers scratching their heads, wondering what it was all about.  But - what a stroke of genious to create the "cauldron" for the flame as they did - and not give the lighting of it to just one - but to seven young people.  I was in total awe - and so proud you'd think I designed it myself

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 09:57

It was cloudy at dawn - but bright sunshine now.  A bit cooler, too - only (!) 24 C in the shade.  Cooler weather on the way, apparently.  Sea breeze may pick up a bit, but at least it's still Summer.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 18:00

Lisa - Glenlivet:  am I right in thinking this is the home of one of the best single malts? 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 17:55

No.1 Son would love peanut butter icecream but I think I'll pass.  Cherry or bluebuerry sounds delicious! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 17:16

Miss Bateman (you're not my old - umm I mean ex - schoolteacher from waybackwhen are you?) I just love that local form of weather forecasting! 

We have a saying here as we overlook the Bristol Channel - if you can see Wales it's going to rain, and if you can't see Wales - it's raining.  Like all folklore - an element of truth!

It has been hot again here - up to 27 C again, but it's now clouded over a bit.  It should be a bit cooler tonight - so should be easier for sleeping.

Btw - remember the icecream maker I said I had bought?  Bad move.  Very bad move.  No-one wants "that shop-bought rubbish" any more - so I've been consigned to icecream maker in chief throughout the hot weather at least.  Vanilla (with real pods and seeds) = delicious.  Lemon & lime sorbet = soft mix but gorgeous.  (Sorry - nothing to do with weather directly.  Perhaps we need a "recipe" section to share ideas about using gluts of stuff.  Courgette icecream anyone?).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 10:33

Like coloured beads on a string - another lovely summer's day.  27 C in the shade!  Can it last?

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