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28/03/2013 at 18:39

OOOh I did laugh at the jobs for next week--- pruning flowering currant and forsythia! Ours, and also even daffodilts, are nowhere near flowering- the incessant snow and cold being the culprits. I think mine might be ready to prune about June!!!! I live in quite a high area in Central Scotland. Oh for a bit of warmth- and I think the plants are wishing the same.

28/03/2013 at 18:48
Mines the same Maggie, the yellow buds are only just visible. As for deadheading daffodils, hardly any out yet.
28/03/2013 at 18:57
Forsythia and floweriing currants are in full flower here. I remove flowered stems.
I gues you guys will have a later spring....but it will come
28/03/2013 at 20:42

Forsythia suspensa and Ribes 'White Icicle' are flowering here (N. Cambs) I shall cut the forsythia right back because it's started breaking large branches off at the base. I have never pruned the ribes. I like its shape. Will I regret this in the long term? there's room for it to get fairly big.

29/03/2013 at 20:33

Clearly we won't be able to trust the "when to do it" advice for this year if "they", whoever "they" are, can't be bothered to amend something "they" pull out of the drawer every year without even reading it. Perhaps "they" have delegated this task to someone who doesn't have a garden!!

29/03/2013 at 22:26
Hiya Nut, I keep my flowering currant to around 8 feet. It's prone to dead branches and die back so annual pruning keeps it healthy. Possibly the flowers are bigger and better on pruned bushes too....??
Many scoff at the humble Ribes but I love's alongside my drive, flowering from top to toe, and fragrant and screaming "spring is here". Oh! The bees are out on it too
29/03/2013 at 22:34

Still just buds on the Forsythia here (E.mids) with snowdrops still in full bloom and only 3 or 4 dwarf daffs showing (out of hundreds still in bud!)  I also like Ribes - that is also still only buds.

Just call me buddy, buddies!

29/03/2013 at 22:59

I love ribes as well Verdun. White Icicle is lovely now. I've taken cuttings and I might leave the present one as it is and grow another and cut back. See what looks best. 

Only F. suspensa is out Bob. I think this is suspensa, looks like the pictures in the books and the growth and overall appearance are very different to the others. Bought it from a roadside stall years ago, no label

The bright yellow ones are still asleep. 

30/03/2013 at 17:04

Been out there today and I think the ribes was more out in my imagination than it is in reality. Nearly there though. 

30/03/2013 at 17:15

Used to have a forsythia but decided after all that I really couldn't cope with taht acid yellow so I pruned it to a stump and yanked it out.  Good decision.  

No sign of any spring flowers on shrubs here as it's still very cold with nasty easterly winds.    Definitely not pruning weather.


30/03/2013 at 17:39

Try the pale suspensa obelixx. Lovely colour. Naff growth style though

30/03/2013 at 17:48
I know forsythia is common old thing but it is, for me, both sentimental and an essential feature of early spring.
In spring you can be brash, loud and clashing's not a subtle time and it isn't meant to be so plants like forsythia and Ribes are very welcome
30/03/2013 at 19:29

Did a fair bit of tidying in my new little plot today but as Maggie and Lyn said, daffs only just getting going.Still,the washing got dried and smells lovely  Cut back lots of straggly stuff and had a general potter about. Hoping my cannas will survive. They survived the really cold winters 2010 and 2011 and were at my old house which was very exposed so keeping all fingers and toes crossed 

30/03/2013 at 22:32

The discussion about forsythia made me realise that Spring is coloured yellow, followed by a pink and mauve early summer changing to a red/orange and yellow back-end. A bit simplisitic but true?

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