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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 15:57

That time if the month again Take a walk around as it was last night.

or if you prefer a Slide show.


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 15:51

Yes, Sedum acre.


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 12:44

Definitely tree suckers. One of the weedkillers made for lawns would deal with them, but it will be a slow job.


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 09:19

As a precaution, it might be worth sticking a few of the prune pieces in a quiet corner somewhere as cuttings. 12 inches long pieces of the new growth,light brown in colour, pushed into the ground in the shade usually root easily.

As to pruning so viciously, leave about 12 inches minimum of the old stems so there are plenty of budding opportunities. And if the shrub is in deep shade, consider finding a way to get light into the base, otherwise it will not grow.

Cannot help with Rhododendron pruning, we have never lived anywhere where they could be grown so never had to prune them.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 15:55

That would probalby leave you with no flowers next year, but lots of new growth for the following year.

One of those jobs which needs to be sone every year, removing the branches which have produced flowers, so that the shrub is always full of new growth.

Same advice applies to any shrub which flowers before the end of June, say. Prune immediately after flowering.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 15:51

Possible. Certainly for a plant to produce seeds takes a lot of energy. That is why some plants growing in poor conditions do not attempt if  for years.

I cannot say I have ever seen fertile seeds on any of my Kniphofia plants, not even the species.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 15:43

A rather chlorotic Mahonia in need of some food. The berries are edible by the way, bit no taste to my way of thinking.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:12

The roots do not even develop until the weather starts to cool down in Autumn.

By the way, lifting blanching and freezing has the same effect as waiting for frost.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:08

Oh and just to add, because of having to replace a fence we cut down our Belle Etoile Philadelphus 2 years ago, to inches from the soil. It flowered again this June having grown a good 5 or 6 feet in the meantime, so not to worry about killing the bush.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:07

If you want flowers next year then NOW is the time, actually getting towards the end of the right time. Cut out as far down as you can get in the bush about a third of all the growths. The rest cut back to where you can see new growth already. Next year, immediately after flowering has finished, cut out another third of the old stems and so on.

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