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Can't identify plants in garden!

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 15:07

Excellent - thanks everybody.  That's the one

Perennials mum will be pleased.  She's placed an order for the seeds when they appear (whenever that might be) or might try and pick up some this weekend.

Not sure if this variety reaches that height but I've just read they can grow up to 6 feet?  

I had to prune it a few weeks back (growing into a nearby acer of similar colours).  Its' already branched off into new flowers.  Lovely looking and fast growing plant.  Will water tonight as lack of rain has left it a little droopy.

Thanks all!

Can't identify plants in garden!

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:09

Hi folks.

Our son brought a wither plant home (stem and two leaves!) in a plastic cup a few months back.  Placed it outside and watered it as usual.  He seemed to think his teachers told him it was some kind of bean plant (we presumed broad beans) and that was that (from experience the plants our children bring back from school tend to be cress that dies off after a few weeks!).

Anyway, it seemed to perk up so I placed it in the garden (hoping we might get a few broad beans .

Lo and behold, a few months later it now looks like this:

 I thought it might be marigold, but when my mother came up to visit us last night, she said it was more like a dahlia?  

It is actually one plant, but it seems to have three (slightly different) flower types growing on it (three different shades - not quite evident in the photo).

Anybody able to identify?  We presume it's from a pack of seeds the school brought quite possibly not a rare one, but intrigued all the same!


Many thanks.

Rosemary plants yellowing/wilting - leafhoppers?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:34

Hi all.

Last year I planted a row of Rosemary and Lavenders (14 of each alternating - Rosemary Miss Jessop and Lavender Ashdown Forest).  They were chosen by the nursery as a pair that would grow well together.  Out of 14 lavender, around four looked like they had not done too well over winter (despite being v mild) but thankfully, over the past few weeks they've sprung to life from seemingly dead wood, though not quite as full as the rest which are really growing now....but that's another story!

The Rosemary has also thrived very well.  I wanted a low rosemary hedge after seeing one in Cornwall last year and also to use in cooking.

However, over the past week I've noticed it looking a little unwell (some plants more than others) and over the past couple of days they're very obvious signs that all is not well.  After a good trawl over the internet the other evening then following advice given through various articles, I pinpointed the issue to be bugs.  Although the sun hasn't been out much of late, the plants have been watered naturally by the rain, and the soil (I'm pretty certain) has good drainage.  

Initially thinking it might be spider mites, I shook a branch of the rosemary over a piece of paper.  From just one branch as many as 20 'leaf hoppers' fell onto the paper.  Lo and behold, shaking all the other bushes let fly hundreds of them.

Yesterday I 'jet washed' the whole lot (to try and shake off as many as possible); cut the rosemary back a fair bit and  have also sprayed a homemade concoction of garlic (soaked for 24 hours) mixed with natural soap and water.  I noticed this morning that a healthy Oregano plant nearby has also started to turn yellow (though does this every year but grows back in abundance the following year).  Related?  I also have a pot of mint which again, seems afflicted by the same issues (has leafhoppers in it also).  This thrives in the spring, but then becomes very sparse and  has dry, yellowish leaves.  Again, this happens every year and I never really follow up a cure, but given the state of the rosemary it would be good if I can prevent any of them ending up like this.

I've attached pics of the rosemary and oregano.

Many thanks.


One-two branches on cherry tree has brown leaves.

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 19:52

Just a quick update - the nursery were very helpful (after I sent them pics in the original email) and are concerned enough to advise they would be sending replacements and the current ones should be removed.

What I'm slighly worried about is the same happening again. Is there anything I can do when I plant the new ones to give them a really good start (although, as you say, I've probably been a little unlucky)?  Did in some type of fertalizer (and horticultural sand to help with any drainage issues?).

Many thanks.

One-two branches on cherry tree has brown leaves.

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 13:00

Thanks Alina - I've sent the company a missive with photograph, but I suspect if it needs replacing it would be hard to proove it's not my negligent aftercare (over watering for example).  If that's the case, then I'll give it a good prune (taking away affected branches) and hope for the best.

Could overwatering cause such diseases btw? I usually give all my plants a good water until established.

The reason I asked about Cherry trees being fairly tricky to grow is because the only other tree/shurb that died on me (apart from basil and coriander!) was a cherry tree in our old house.  That died not longer after we planted it.  The apple tree is doing well (I presume as we moved last year) ten years on.

Many thanks.

One-two branches on cherry tree has brown leaves.

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 13:22

^^ I read up that earlier as it happens, but having little experience, I wasn't really inclined to make a judgement.

I'm more of an amateur gardener to be fair, but follow instructions (via advice online and from a gardener friend we're in touch with occasionally) as best I can.  We've planted over 150 shrubs/trees/plants over the past 12 months (turning a concrete/paved back yard into, hopefully, a thriving garden).  I'm sure I'll have a few more queries along the way

In our previous house we had an apple tree which grew beautifully (these new two are doing well also)...are Cherry trees relatively tricky to grow?

Thanks for the quick reply Alina - I'll contact the nursery tomorrow.

One-two branches on cherry tree has brown leaves.

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 11:39

Hi everybody.

We've recently planted two cherry morrello (bush colt) trees in out garden (East/South East facing) along with two types of apple tree.  We planted them approximately 2/3 months ago, and they all seem to be thriving very well so far.  They're well watered and the soil isn't heavy as far as I can tell (certainly not clay). 

Following a lovely blossom, the green leaves started to grow in abundance.  One cherry tree seems to have more green leaves whilst the other already had cherrys growing in abundance (50 ish so far).  The trees are in the same spot so shouldn't be any difference due to the way they are facing. Tree heights are 1.5 - 1.8 metres at the moment.

Over the past week or so I've noticed two branches on one tree has lost it's leaves - they've gone brown and shrivelled - any cherries on this branch have also shrivelled.  One branch on the second cherry tree has gone the same way (approximately 5/6 branches on each tree).  There is also evidence of some kind of sap (one hardened and clear, the other a darker coloured sap).

I haven't got in touch with the nursery as yet and I'm inclined to believe it's down to early teething troubles/shock of the planting process...another part of me leads me to believe it might be worth pruning these brances right down (and it would really have to be right down to the trunk given the whole branch seems 'affected').

On the pic below you can see one of the branches in quesion - you can also see the cherries behind (lack of leaves on the branches with the cherries however!)

The second pic shows both of them together - the tree in the forefront seems to be less affected (only part of one branch has the brown leaves), has less cherries but far more leaves.

Apologies if I've missed any information out.

Many thanks.


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