- Scruffy urban courtyard gardener, fruit and flowers enthusiast. Passion vine and tiger lilies keep the bees coming in. Proud of my stag beetles.http://punkgardener.blogspot.co.uk/
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08 Jul 2017 10:01
Good luck with the rescue!
08 Jul 2017 00:10
Apparently sometimes plants survive this (depending on the level of damage) so I'll just give it some TLC for now I think and see how things develop -- the re-sprout from the base makes me hopeful I'll be able to do something (it's a real toughie).
I did also see what looked suspiciously like a parasitic wasp buzzing around, so possibly my biological controls have already turned up!
If I do need to coppice, it'd be in dormancy, right? Jan-Feb?
07 Jul 2017 18:10
Poor little things! You've still got green, so they might be rescuable, the heat and dry has been hard on pots this year. Your fresh compost idea sounds good (for feeding) but you might find they've filled the pots and want to go up a size?
I've had one come back from worse than that, but I did give up on the pot and put it in the ground. where it turned into a rather different (larger) rose!
07 Jul 2017 17:43
It's single stemmed, with a low fork which produces a lovely double arch, really graceful. I could conceivably take out the branch which has the higher flight-hole on it, but it would do nothing for the look of the tree, and even if I did, there's also infestation trace are on the main trunk, close to the ground.
Full coppice might be an option. I trimmed off some shoots sprouting from the base of the trunk in the spring, suggesting that the tree itself may have been considering that option!
But when it's this dry, I think anything drastic runs risk of instant death
07 Jul 2017 16:48
Make sure the bees can get to the flowers, open greenhouse windows, reduce leaves, promote airflow.
Or you could always do the electric toothbrush trick if you're worried they're not getting pollinated
07 Jul 2017 16:40
The little bobbles crumble if crushed -- it could be frass from a borer maybe, that would look like pellets of sawdust? I've turned up some stuff about borers in Amelanchier from America, e.g.
These suggest that borers might attack a service bush if it was already stressed by drought, so that's probably it.
It's such a small tree, I'm amazed it's not just keeled over! The borer grub must be taking up half the branch, how does it still have green leaves on it?
07 Jul 2017 14:25
We like plants with spikes!!!
07 Jul 2017 13:20
It's a red jasmine, they're unscented. I've got one that's successfully growing under a laurel tree -- they're very vigorous.
I quite like the look, and insects are fond, so you want to keep it, you could prune it to a sensible space, or do something to restrict the vigour. Yours looks like it's growing out of somewhere super moist and rich -- is it coming out of the compost bin maybe? Transplanting it to somewhere bleak and horrible where nothing else will grow might do the trick.
07 Jul 2017 13:14
07 Jul 2017 13:10
Oooh, that's a good flower! Orbea Variegata, Star Flower, Stinky Feet plant.
You're right about the fly pollination.
I'd say I've got one, but whenever it gets stressed it chucks off stems and they are really easy to root, so I've actually got about ...five. They're good giveaways for kids as they're so freaky.
How exciting that it did well outside, I've only ever had them indoors! Maybe I should see how some of my spares do outside?
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07 Jul 2017 13:05
I've got a Service Bush (Amelanchier) growing in a pot in my garden, and it's been showing a bit of reduced vigour this year which I put down to the dry/hot weather.
But then I spotted some weird reddish bobbles on the soil surface below it, and on further examination, these seemed to be somehow coming out of a depression low down on the trunk. Looking up the trunk I found a hole, maybe like a grub flight hole?
The bobbles don't seem to be alive. What's going on? And what can I do about it?
I've taken pictures -- here's the odd depression that's shedding the bobbles, with the bobbles in attendance:
and here's the hole I found further up the tree:
It got some wind damage earlier this year, which cracked the stem/trunk a bit. I think this might be in the same place.
There's about a 50cm of trunk (stem?) between the two signs of damage, and the leaves and berries are mostly looking fine, weirdly. No wilt, no die back (yet).
Anyone know what my pest is, and what I can do about it? I'm fond of the plant, and it has a lovely shape.