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07/01/2013 at 22:02

I've been thinking today and there are questions. Chimonanthus praecox I grew from seed maybe 10 years ago, might be a bit more. It's 5 or 6 feet tall and quite bushy. Any ideas when I might expect a flower?

07/01/2013 at 22:37

has it never flowered?


07/01/2013 at 23:02

nope, not a sign

08/01/2013 at 06:49

This article suggests that it mght take up to 7 years to flower, so yours is definitely being a little tardy - perhaps a dose of potash might give it the right idea? 

NB to self - another idea for the new bed in the front garden 

08/01/2013 at 08:04

Thanks Dove, I'll have a strong word with it and a bit of potash. It can have the contents of the ashpan from the woodstove, or would that be too extreme?

08/01/2013 at 08:08

I wonder if the 7 year estimate is from buying one at a GC when it would already be several years old. Mind you, mine is fairly substantial looking now and I hope for action very soon. 

25/12/2014 at 14:57

At last, not many but it's a start


25/12/2014 at 15:28

Congratulations on the Christmas birth

25/12/2014 at 15:32

Thanks pansyface

25/12/2014 at 17:20

I don't know that one but it does look very attractive.  What aspect and soil Nutcutlet ? I'm thinking of my new hedge plan

25/12/2014 at 17:44

The soil is very well drained and lacking in humous. It's now quite shady which it wasn't in the beginning. It may not be ideal, may be the reason I had to wait so long


25/12/2014 at 17:48

OK....thanks.......I should look it up

25/12/2014 at 17:53

Yes, look it up and check pruning. It's quite straggly, especially after this wet year or two and I don't know how it would respond to hedging. I've only cut off a few broken branches so far.

Cornus mas is another yellow winter flowerer to consider. It's very reliable for me

25/12/2014 at 18:46

I have Cornus mas on leans over from my neighbour's garden so I get the benefit ( and the pruning too unfortunately as she is elderly.......well.......more elderly than me at any rate ). The Goldfinches congregate there so it's worth the effort 

25/12/2014 at 20:44

More congrats from me too

Was it the threat of  " grounding it "     which  made it see sense ,

maybe it did want to stay after all ? 

25/12/2014 at 21:01

I should think that's what did it gran. It usually works

26/12/2014 at 10:10

Oooh !  A christmas baby.  Still have 4 more years of patiently waiting to go here - so great to share others whilst I am tapping my feet.  Will try booming "off with its head" next time I am passing

Are you planning a 2015 nyd flower count Nut?  My daphne obliged yesterday, so I will have at least one !

26/12/2014 at 10:41

Oh yes chicky. We've been doing that for years, can't stop now

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