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10/01/2014 at 19:18

I planted this Forsythia Goldmine in August 2013. It was a nice example and quite busy and I was expecting some flowers and it to be in full leaf at this time of year. It has lost more leaves today.

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Any suggestions or helpful advice.

10/01/2014 at 19:22

Julie, Julie, Julie.    It's doing what it's supposed to do.  It will lose its leaves now.  The flowers appear on bare wood.  Perhaps not this year.....maybe....but certainly next year.  Lovely shrub 

11/01/2014 at 09:29

It looks as though the branches on the right will flower this year.  The green branches on the left will flower in 2015.

You can cut out the flowered branches AFTER they have flowered.  In an ideal world one third of the branches that have flowered should be cut out each year to keep new branches coming.  But do not cut out branches without flowers or you are removing the next year's flowers.

11/01/2014 at 09:43

Which cyclamen have you got in flower there Julie?

11/01/2014 at 18:04

I agree with Verdun, it just needs time.

12/01/2014 at 12:56

Thanks all, just need to be a bit more patient I guess.

 

The cyclamen I a mini collection I got from B&Q in Oct/Nov. The label that came with doesn't have the variety on them, just calls them a mini collection. I'me really pleased with them. They were featured on one of the last few episodes of Gardeners' world in 2013.

Julie

12/01/2014 at 13:58

Looks like Cyclamen hederifolium .

12/01/2014 at 14:53

I don't think it's hederifolium, they're well over and not that bright pink.

I've seen these about but I don't know what they are.

 

12/01/2014 at 15:06
12/01/2014 at 15:11

That'll be them, thank you Dove.

Alys says they're not hardy but will last into the new year. That must depend on weather. 

I'll wait (fairly) patiently for my Cyclamen coum to flower. Any time now, showing pink

12/01/2014 at 15:18

I think it's a bit of a swizz selling C persicum as winter bedding - they really don't put up with very much winter weather in my experience - I'd always resisted them in the past but tried one last year in a tub in our west-facing porch - protected to the north and east and above - it turned up it's toes before Christmas 

I see some people spend quite a bit of money on buying several for tubs etc for winter colour and then think they've done something wrong when they rot. 

12/01/2014 at 15:25

It is a swizz

These must be quick and cheap to propagate Dove, you never see C. coum in 6 packs at the GC.

12/01/2014 at 15:34
12/01/2014 at 15:48

Hmmmm

12/01/2014 at 16:13

Odd really as both Cc hederifolium and coum self propagate in my garden like weeds. Mind they do take a bit longer to reach flowering size than these mini-persicum types. In a normal winter here  those do not eve make it to the end of September!

12/01/2014 at 16:23

These persicum also have bigger flowers which will go down well with the buying public.

I agree Berghill,  coum, hederifolium and now I think cilicium are reproducing like mad here. 

I may have got some sort of hybrid as well. Just the one plant, very different to anything else, silvery leaves, hederifolium shaped

12/01/2014 at 20:04

Going back to forysythia folks - is it ok. to prune it at this time of the year,

as I didn't get around to it in the Autumn and it grew very tall last year?

12/01/2014 at 20:08

No. Wait until after flowering.  Then prune out flowered stems and remove one or two old stems to the base

12/01/2014 at 20:09

I really wouldn't prune now - you'll lose the flowers that are forming now.  

Prune out old flowered shoots when they've flowered. 

12/01/2014 at 20:13

Thanks Dove - I'm so pleased I checked first! 

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