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Tis all very well this mild winter/spring weather but its confusing me and my plants, we have had a very mild winter for central Scotland and my clematis are starting to bud and new shoots are sprouting, the advice i recieved is cut my group 3's back in April because of my climate, if i wait till April they will have put on to much new growth to prune, if i prune them now sure as eggs is eggs we will get lots of snow and frost, last year we had frost first week in June, oh what to do prune now? or prune in April? any advice?...



Bunny ...
? Beats me I don't know one clematis pruning season from another ...

I can now report that the winds are set to turn to a more south-easterly direction in the next few days-daytime temperatures will rise into double figures -and it will still be dry with a bit more sunny stuff

Spring may therefore start Monday/Tuesday


Geoff, it started today   a huge skein of greylag geese (at least 100) flew over this morning heading for their breeding grounds up north 


Oakley Witch
Its spring in my house. Gardens lookin great...seeds are up. Suns been out for over a week here and lovely and warm. Im a happy bunny. Woohoooooo. Im gettin all hiper. Can you tell yet?
Oakley Witch
Oh but its so excitingggggggg lol
Highland Jeannie

I'm with you, Percy Grower - you really don't know whether to cut back now or wait "just in case." 

Got some trellis for a pyracantha from a local nursery recently & was advised to wait until "maybe even April" before cutting it back & training it onto it.

My secateur hand is twitching already........

I'm with is excitinggggggggggggggggggg. It's warm today, ground is dry and a jasmine in my porch is exuding its rich perfume. Hyacinths are joining the floral scene and daffodil cheerfulness s throwing scent everywhere. Yes, Sam, it's excitinggggggggggggg.

We have been waiting with baited breath for this for months, lets enjoy what we can..

Spring, Spring Spring, Laaaa la laaaaa la laaaaa la laaaaaaaaaaah! *sung whilst dancing round the crocus*

for the past 2 years this few weeks constitutes our 'Summer', enjoy it while you can!!


Brummie Ben, now now! Careful or you'll kill my buzz

Primroses are never miserable, they are the finest flowers to show themselves in the early part of the year.  I remember a little poem about them from childhood, "dear little primrose the first of the year, coming to tell us that April is near.  Shining so brightly although it is cold; show us sweet primrose your star of pale gold".   I just love the natural ones.

Am waiting now to sow some seeds , it's too cold here at the moment.


I love the little native primrose too 4Kate   I also love the little Wanda primrose which grew all over my Granny's garden in the spring - I planted some in the garden here last year - they're budding up nicely now 


It was a lovely day today, reached the giddy heights of +4 C, but there are many nights of cold to come yet, hard frosts and s strong possibility of snow - hold the secateurs aand the seed compost, keep browing the catalogues but NOT ordering yet - well, I suppose you can seeds, as long as you don't opent them!  Did trim some prunings from a while back to make plant supports, while listening to the robin telling me to fill the seed feeder before everyone came for the evening feed - so I did.

I've taken the bubble wrap down in the greenhouse which has polycarbonate sheeting 10 mil thick as the young seedlings need all the help they can get, don't want the bubble wrap to fall on the greenhouse heater!