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Cutting Back Penstemons

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 07:54

Cut mine back to about 10cm yesterday. Looking forwards to the results! Also, following the advice if another thread, dug up some woody lavenders and buried them so that only the new growth is above ground. Will be so pleased if that revival technique works too!

Cutting Back Penstemons

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 07:17


Cutting Back Penstemons

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 11:01

Did they flower well after you cut back?

looking at huge floppy overgrown but much-loved plants and wondering what to do!

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 11:52

Wasabi likes shade! It likes miserable British summer weather too. It needs damp soil though- I grow mine in a poorlydrained pot in the shade. You can eat the leaves as an extra flavour in salads as well as the root- they taste good, but I'm always loath to pick them as I don't want to inhibit root development!

i grew lily-of-the-valley too, as it's supposed to be good for shade, but it's never really thrived. I decided to try out a golden hop though- this is growing well!

How long until my philadelphus/ mock orange flowers?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:24

I do like the shape... not sure if enough for a reprieve though!

How long until my philadelphus/ mock orange flowers?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:07

I think I pruned in late summer, just cutting out sideways growing branches and leaving upright stems, just aesthetic pruning! Would this have made a difference? I probably took out a quarter of the stems. 

school garden

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:03

Welshonion, I take your point. I am a teacher with experience of forest schools. They are a wonderful and liberating experience for children, they learn so much from exploring a natural environment. 

But Moira hasn't been asked to develop a forest school, she's been asked to create a risk-free environment, which in this litigious age many schools feel far more comfortable with. I currently work in an inner city school, where the children's knowledge of anything green is limited, and behaviour issues mean that a safe environment is paramount, from a management point of view.

I don't think you should be antagonising and attacking Moira for trying to create something that doesn't fit in with your personal beliefs, she should be  praised for trying her best with a limited brief. 

As for geraniums, bees love the flowers on my scented leaf geraniums! They're not woodland plants, certainly, I was just trying to think of something children would find engaging. 

How long until my philadelphus/ mock orange flowers?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 09:45

So it sounds like it should have got to a flowering point by now, doesn't it? How disappointing!

But I'd rather know, and not waste time nurturing it, so thank you!

How long until my philadelphus/ mock orange flowers?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 09:07

I bought an unspecified variety of philadelphus three years ago, on a whim, from a DIY store. 

It's growing well, older stems are about 3m tall, this year's growth is about thigh height, all looking lush and green. It's by a sunny south-facing fence, normal acidity, moisture etc. 

So how long should I give it, before admitting that buying from a DIY store was a silly idea, and pulling it up?



school garden

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:54

How about scented-leaf geraniums? The children can have fun rubbing the leaves to compare the scents of different varieties, and they can learn about taking cuttings with almost guaranteed success! No idea if they're toxic though. 

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