Sitting in a late night coffee shop in London waiting for a train home from work, after a very long three days. Just one more day then it’s the wkd. Off to the Malvern show on Sunday for some me time with friends 😊
My happy place 😊 - missing the garden a lot at the moment, lots of spring daffs and tulips are up and out. Beds do need weeding, but everything is looking quite natural. And the cherry blossom has appeared out of nowhere, on Wednesday it hadn’t even opened yet.
Another pic from the back - it’s certainly easier to see the trunk close up now, I couldn’t even reach the trunk a couple of years ago as this was area was complete thicket of brambles and snowberrys. But it’s made way now for the Snowdrops (and the Bluebells later in May) to show themselves better - trying to spread them around the base a bit more.
My Goat Willow was even worse than this, Rich, and although the ivy was attractive (and probably played host to birds and insects) I felt that the tree deserved to be free of it. I did research as well and the advice was conflicting but I came to the conclusion that the ivy might eventually cover the branches and the weight could cause some tree branches to snap. It’s a tricky decision but I’m sure you’ll do what you think is best. @richard.spicer.7906 😘
Thanks Barbara - yep, decided I’m gonna cut it down significantly on the heaviest side and what’s left thin it a lot. On the light side I’m gonna remove the whole lot.... as soon as the snow goes away 😅 - will then call in a tree specialist to look at the diseased part of the tree. thanks for your advice Barbara 😊👍🏼 @jacaranda
So, I’ve had a closer look at the cherry this afternoon, and had a look online, and the big question has to be - is this Ivy damaging my tree? The Woodland Trust seems to argue it isn’t but I really don’t know - I’ve been clearing the surrounding area quite a bit over recent months (I rarely show it on GT as it was so overgrown) #thebigGTquestion #ivy-advice #hederahelix #cherrytree
It actually has two trunks and the one at the back is the one that has suffered the most from dieback and has the least Ivy, whereas the front trunk (which is almost completely surrounded by Ivy) is fine 🤔 - it’s a little confusing and I really am undecided 🤷🏼♂️
I had a mystery occurring at the end of my garden @richard.spicer.7906 where a couple of trees had seemly disappeared! And I have just discovered that it was ivy that has pulled them down 😢 I feel incredibly silly for not recognising the problem sooner but reassured by reading these posts. I thought I was helping the birds and wildlife by leaving the end of my garden untouched and wild but I should have paid a bit more attention to what was happening. I have started cutting it back now!
My trees weren't as large as your cherry tree btw, I need to delve a bit deeper into the undergrowth but I think it's a hazel, an apple and possibly a pear tree too. These were all mature/old trees so possibly quite vulnerable. I've still got lots of cutting back to do and then some replanting! And it all needs to be done before the birds start nesting 🙄
My lovely Cherry Tree, this morning in the bitter cold. Such a beautiful blue sky earlier. I’m a bit worried about the back of it (haven’t taken a pic yet) as there were a number of dead branches last year, I think it might have a bit of bacterial canker - I occasionally find quite a bit of ‘ooze’ on the ground below. Will try getting in a tree specialist to see what they can recommend #cherrytree #prunus #nakedtrees
Evening Julie 😊 - I wish I could say it's still morning but unfortunately not 😑 - missing the garden lots as so busy with work and college right now . Lots of lovely daffs and tulips out right now though 😊 @juliesgarden