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  1. My gut feel is that some kind of pathogen has got in and shut down the vascular system - starving the tree of any moisture. The twigs are already pretty dry and there's very little 'green' under the bark when scratched with a fingernail. Whatever has happened has only affected a few of the many willows on the land. We have other Goat Willows, Common Willows, some Willow Hybrids, Weeping Willows and some Red Willows - and these seem to be unaffected so far.
  2. It's a good thought - but the pond isn't lined - so this one is not short of water. And another - a Common Willow that has died is right on the edge of another pond.
  3. Fantastic result - especially given the way that education has been interrupted this year. You might find yourself with a more than vested interest in The Boat Race, a couple of years from now if she carries on this way!
  4. Two pictures of the Goat Willow. There's no die-back - they just die. Sudden and completely. The only thing I have seen that's in any way comparable is Phytopthera - but then there's often some peripheral die back before the tree succumbs. You can see that this particular tree is one the edge of water. No other plants or trees nearby have been affected. As we all know - the weather this season has been weird. We had quite heavy frosts up to the third week of May and a very, very dry spring. But we've had colder weather and drier spells before. All the trees affected were healthy last year and showed no signs of distress.
  5. Understand that Willows are often not the most longest lived trees - but we've had a number die-off unexpectedly this spring. Common Willow and Goat Willow. All mature'ish trees [25+ years old]. None are close to each other. Planted in a variety of habitats [close to water, sheltered, exposed, private land, none adjoining any neighbouring properties]. The pattern seems to be the same. Just as they reach the point of leaf break - they just stop and die. No obvious mechanical damage, no obvious signs of fungus or insect damage. Slightly disconcerting. Have I missed any reports of a disease afflicting Willows? Anyone else noticing this? [We're based in Kent].
  6. From memory - from top to bottom: Acer Palmatum Corallinum Acer Palmatum Mikawa Yatsubusa Acer Palmatum Summer Gold Acer Shirasawanum Autumn Moon Acer Palmatum Tsuma gaki Acer Shirasawanum Palmatifolium Acer Dissectum Crimson Queen Acer Palmatum Katsura [Spellings can be a bit variable....apologies in advance!]
  7. Acer Shirasawanum palmatifolium. Sadly lost it this winter.
  8. Nepia - that's a real beauty! I find this variety grows quite strongly and has some lovely autumn colour - especially if there's a dry spell. Oranges and yellows. If you plant one of the really dark red varieties nearby - it will really pop. Maybe a Dissectum like Crimson Queen?
  9. That looks like the kind of damage I get on my Acers when they are short of water. Is there any link between leaf damage and dry spells?
  10. Bought the Hikoki battery nailer last year [gasless]. Absolutely brilliant. Tons of power, no jams [fired 10,000+ nails] and well balanced.
  11. Overview of Making Tax Digital - GOV.UK WWW.GOV.UK
  12. We've been using Quickbooks for 20+ years. Despite the TV ads - I found it a steep learning curve. But, as Steve mentions, it is very customisable and you can certainly add things like logos to invoices and quotes. But it is the way the world is moving. Online filing of VAT and other taxes is mandatory/becoming mandatory [HMRC "Making Tax Digital"]. Once you have got the hang of it, it's pretty simple. And there are benefits. It means less work for your accountants - so they should charge you less [or put up their prices less often!]. If you ever have a tax inspection - everything is likely to be in better order because of the way the software works. Filing of VAT is easier, payment reminders are generated automatically, etc. Quickbooks is not the only option. But I'd be guided by your Accountant. In the early days you will get stuck and need some help - if they are familiar with the App/Software then they are almost duty-bound to help. After all - they are suggesting it! 😉
  13. As Steve says - look at a Junior ISA - or similar. The interest rates on a Standard savings accounts are really poor. Barely above inflation - assuming you believe the figures quoted for inflation! There are quite a few online providers of ISAs. One that is consistently 'recommended' [e.g. by MoneySavingExpert] is provide by A J Bell. They also have some really good explanatory guides on their website for people [like me] that struggle with all the fancy terminology. I'd say it was worth a look.
  14. Vaccines? [Now where did I put my tin hat??!] 😉

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