August 2013

August 11th, 2013

The very sad loss of our Golden Robinia

Walking and driving around over this last few weeks I’ve noticed many of you have lost your Golden Robinia trees. After a little research I discovered the problem, well described by a knowledgeable gardener on the Gardeners World website: Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' is currectly suffering from a countrywide disease…. Dry, flakey bark with a canker-like appearance will show it is in fact the virus. There appears to be no cure. We planted ours in 1990 and it has been a lovely feature but it has now definitely popped its clogs. Standing at around 8 metres it’s not going to be much fun to remove, but hey, ho. A dead plant, even a treasured, mature one like this, is a planting opportunity. Just be careful if you decide to do the same, it’s a brittle, spikey tree and could do your bare arms and face serious damage. Read More...
August 25th, 2013

Some more late summer planting combos at Charnwood

Rosa 'Biddulph Grange'. Gorgeous, single red repeat flowering rose. Planted next to a purple aster. Blue Agapanthus 'Headbourne hybrid' next to Crocosmia 'Lucifer'. The agapathus survived the last winter outside. Pink buddlleia with red leaved berberis and an emerging miscanthus.. All taken early August 2013 at Charnwood. Read More...