Again a changeable week weather-wise. A couple of day with cloud and a few spots of rain and the rest hot! The images today sparkle with the sun.
I had wanted to purchase Cytisus battandieri for some time; it should be perfect for my conditions. Eventually I tracked it down to a nursery that was present at a plant fair I intended attending, so sight unseen I bought it. I was a bit shocked as to how spindly the plant was and the fact that it was grafted when any I have seen in the UK have been on their own rootstock. When I got it home and looked closely I realised it was covered in scale insects, no wonder it was spindly! I carefully removed all the insects I could see and continued to remove them as new ones hatched; this was in autumn 2012. At last I have been rewarded with a couple of flowers and the leaves are growing and looking healthy. If it continues to grow it will become quite a large presence on the slope.
This was supposedly a reputable nursery, but they shouldn’t have sold this plant; if I hadn’t diagnosed the problem, I think the plant would have died and I would have had scale insect on other plants too!
Have you ever bought something you’re had to nurse back to health after buying it?