A tree and plant disease that may make ash dieback “look like a walk in the park” is threatening Britain. Known as ‘phony peach disease’, Xylella fastidiosa has also been found in both South and North America where it has caused severe damage to citrus and coffee plantations. In New Jersey it has attacked more than a third of the state’s urban trees.
First confirmed in Europe three years ago when it ran rampant across olive plantations in southern Italy, a subspecies of Xylella has since been detected in southern France, where it has destroyed vines and lavender plants, and in Corsica. Unfortunately for Britain and Ireland, a cold-hardy strain has been discovered and the UK is on alert. The free movement of people and plants has a lot to answer for! Read more at The Guardian.
Helen McDonald, author of H for Hawk, writes movingly of landscapes changed forever by tree disease.
Catherine Stewart, at Garden Drum, warns that we mass plant at our peril as pests and diseases ravage everything from impatiens to horse chestnuts. Read more here.
Did you know there was a Rose Hall of Fame? Neither did I, until I stumbled on it – Cocktail is the most recent inductee. See the flowers here. And there’s an Old Rose Hall of Fame too with Charles de Mills the most recent addition.
2016 is the tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, and among the many walks, talks and events planned to celebrate this most English of landscapers, the Historic Houses Association (HHA) has launched an online Capability Brown Trail. Go and have an explore – there are more than 250 known landscapes/gardens across Britain. The Daily Telegraph has compiled a list of events so if you’re heading to the UK (or live there) have a look and see what’s available.