Sunday, 23 October 2016

Irritating Plant of the Month - October 2016

This month's tale of woe is indeed one of woe.  I am sad that this plant has entered these hallowed halls of disappointment but, dear reader, there is little hope for this one. I am just not sure if I am disappointed with the plant, or with myself for letting this happen.

I give you my beautiful, my beloved, Sorbus cashmeiriana:
At first glance you might understandably think that this is a case of extreme pruning that has got a little too extreme.  I wish I could say that is correct.  The other day when wandering around the garden with a gardening chum there was an exclamation of 'what's that?  It's dead'.   'Dead!' I replied 'I hope not, that is my precious cashmeiriana.'  A closer inspection later and this young tree looked flayed of bark higher up its trunk and there was that spongyness, you know what I mean, that spongyness of death.  I muttered an expletive or two and decided I would dig it up later.

When I returned later to dig it up I weakened.  I decided to cut it down to below the dead bit, which has left this stick that is around 12  inches tall.  I think in the spring time I will probably dig up a dead stick, but I thought I would give it a chance.

Please stop laughing at the back.....

8 comments :

  1. Oh dear, it is indeed an ex-Sorbus.

    Will you plant another...?

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  2. Glad I'm not the only one who kills things! Witness my collection of dead magnolias that just WILL NOT GROW in my garden! It really shouldn't be that hard!

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    1. I struggle with some things, it's always things I really like too

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  3. Maybe it will sprout in the spring?

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    1. I hope it will, but I am not convinced.

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    2. If the roots are still healthy, it might if there's a remaining healthy bud in the stump.

      Poor Sorbus, and poor you. I wonder what happened to it. Such is life, I suppose!

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  4. Oh no.... I love cashmiriana, I had a lovely one about three houses back which was my pride and joy. Poor you. If it makes you feel better, I managed to behead my fig tree below the lowest leaf in a particularly enthusiastic bout of strimming last year and it came back....

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