Plant Problems – Xylella

Nothing for you to worry about?

from Horticulture Trade Association:

“Xylella fastidiosa is one of the most harmful bacterial plant diseases in the world. It can cause severe losses in a wide range of hosts and there would be a massive impact on the plant trade across all business sectors in the event of an outbreakin the UK.

An outbreak of this disease, where several different plants are infected, will trigger immediate stock destruction within 100 metres and a movement ban of host plants within a 10-kilometre radius for up to five years. This will dramatically and immediately affect most plant selling operations, as well as impacting on all businesses dealing in plants within the 10km zone. Gardens could also be affected.”



RHS plant health head Gerard Clover said: “Xylella is a game-changer for gardeners and the horticultural industry and it is vital that we understand its potential impact. Unusually, the disease threatens not just one host but hundreds of different types of garden plants and its impact has been felt dramatically in France, Spain and especially Italy where entire groves of ancient olive trees have been wiped out. The question for the UK is not ‘if’ but ‘when’ the UK will have its first outbreak of Xylella and the industry and public must be prepared for the far-reaching impact of it.”


Juliette & James

“Claire is an imaginative and industrious gardener, who is as happy to create and plant beautiful flower beds and woodland glades, as sawing enormous branches, lugging around huge amounts of greenery, and generally being a total asset to have around. We will miss her fun, creativity and hard work. We wish her well in the frozen north.”


“Claire has worked for us for the past four years and throughout that time proved to be a hard working, reliable and very knowledgeable gardening specialist. 

Claire will prove a hard act to follow”

Ruth and Colin

“Claire originally designed our ‘new’ garden in 1996 and after a long gap returned to continue with her vision. With Claire’s guidance we have replanted sections of the garden and also installed raised vegetable borders.

Thank you Claire, we will miss your green fingers!”


“What an inspiration you are. So knowledgable, full of ideas, visions and such a hard and efficient worker. You will be sorely missed, not just for all your gardening skills but for your sunny presence.”


“Thank you tremendously for your insight! I was terribly worried I had no options with my garden space – now I know it can be thriving and an enjoyable space!”



“I remember the day I first saw you – you were walking down my drive having put a leaflet through my door. We had a brief chat and I liked “the cut of your jib”.

You arrived in the spring of 2012 (I think) with loads of amazing ideas and we have never looked back.

The garden has been transformed from a football/cricket pitch into a thing of great beauty. There is scenery lovely to look at whichever way you turn and we are all grateful for your hard work and enthusiasm.”


Does anyone remember us being encouraged to talk to our plants?  I recall being told, it could help them grow.  Now we know for sure, they don’t hear, but they can react to sound (vibrations) and protect themselves.

In my opinion, for us regular gardeners, my ability to ‘detect’ an issue is generally more important.   Why for example, has that rose after 10 years, just curled up and died.

Put on your detective’s hat, and look at your plant, ask questions and see what information the plant is visually giving to you.   Are the branches looking stressed, are the leaves dried, droopy, dead?  Are there aphids on them?   There are so many possibilities, use that and a good book, to try and get to the bottom of it.  Here’s another scenario, one I have encountered for 10-15 years now, and I have been tripped up by it.

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