Regina Gisela Cherry - is it dying???
I'm not a gardener, however I love the idea of perennial crops (and the forest garden concept) so have planted some trees. One of those is a Regina Gisela cherry.
My lack of knowledge, experience and time has meant that it might have been a bit neglected (it was surrounded by grass and docks that I hadn't cut back for some time). However it has been doing really well for the last couple of years, I watered it when I planted and haven't really done anything else (other than training it as a fan) and it's been flourishing. It's planted in a clayey soil and when I planted it I mixed in a good amount of compost. The tree is planted on the edge of my deck, which due to the slope in my garden is built into the bank; the earth being retained by sleepers. The tree blossomed beautifully this year and I was just looking at how I wanted to train it further when...
Having just been away for a week I came home to find the leaves have drooped. Thinking that it might be a lack of water I gave it a good amount. Saturday morning the tree hadn't picked up and the leaves had started turning yellow, so I cut back the grass (and docks) to give the tree it's own little border; I mulched the border with compost. Thinking that the grass may have soaked up the water I gave it, I watered it again.
I don't think the problem could be too much water as while I've been away it hasn't rained that much (I'm in Leicestershire, which not being far away from Nottingham has had similar weather to this: http://www.timeanddate.com/weather/uk/nottingham/historic). At the same time I would have expected the watering I gave it on Friday to have had some effect if the problem were too little water, having said that I would not classify myself as a gardener!