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Help! My beautiful sambucus nigra, which has flourished for 4 or 5 years is almost bare of leaves this year, no flowers and it's really struggling. Has anyone any idea what could have gone wrong? We had a very wet winter and the soil is heavy clay. Could it have drowned?  

Also, does anyone know how to turn my photo the right way up, please???

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,239

    The photo rights itself if you click on it.image

    If that is your "failing" sambucus, you should see my "healthy" one. It's not a patch on yours. They are just elderberry bushes really with a bit of added colour. You seem to be doing just fine.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • bugsybugsy Posts: 7

    The photo rights itself wen you click on it image                                                                                      you can tidy it up if you like i chop my back any time  it comes back stronger and bigger

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869

    Margaret says no flowers and few leaves this year so maybe last years photo.

    Could we see a photo of what it looks like now?

  • Just seen the replies. You are right, Nutcutlet. That was last year. I"ll put a photo of this year tomorrow. It's a bit dark now, expecting a storm.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869

    Where are you Margaret? There are some good rains about

  • In France. The storm was huge. The nearest lightning strike I've ever known - absolutely deafening thunder and terrific winds. Luckily, no damage. Photo coming in the couple of hours.

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    This is this year's sad photo. You can see the bare branches, luckily a bit disguised by the gaura flowers. 

    I cut it back last autumn, Verdun. Was that the wrong time to do it? Also, that particular bed was waterlogged for several weeks in the spring, which is why I worried the roots might have suffered.

    Any help welcome!

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