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OK to prune this thuya occidentalis?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 15:12

 I know there has been a thread about pruning conifers recently - but just want to check that what I'd like to do is OK...this is my thuya occidentalis...I think I ought to remove its straggly top. Would it be OK to do it now?


What could I choose?

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 20:28

Thank you all for your suggestions...... I am looking at them all and have just got to "Dream plants for the natural garden" . I have really appreciated personal recommendations and am enjoying following them all up! And Busy-Lizzie - I now fully understand your comment! Thank you all again.

What could I choose?

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 23:05

Many thanks for the recommendation, willDB. I think some people might have thought I was too lazy to go to a bookshop - but I was really just wondering if someone could recommend something from personal experience. Thanks again.

What could I choose?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 21:19

my daughter says she would like to buy me a gardening book for Christmas - and I would love one about perennials. I've got several that I've had for years, but new plants are being introduced all the time and I'd love a really up-to-date one on perennials. Any good ideas would be much appreciated.

Something of an apology.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:07

Thanks for the info DorsetUK. It was appreciated. But I must tell you how much we enjoyed living in a lovely part of Birmingham, with the wonderful Clent Hills and the Lickeys just ten minutes drive away, the opportunity to visit the wonderful Botanical Gardens(our daughter was married there) and the magical Winterbourne Botanic Garden (see this month's GW magazine). But yes, we love Dorset, the proximity of the sea and the New Forest!

Something of an apology.

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 19:56

I try to keep up to date with what's going on here in Dorset - but as a relative "newcomer" it would be great to make contact with other keen gardeners in this part of the world. It's easy to move (we spent 30+years in Birmingham) but not so easy to connect with people with the same interests in the area you move to.

My Christmas present (gardening) list

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:43
So far I have: gardening vouchers (months of fun Jan - April, planning what to buy), a new book about perennials (any ideas?), a new pair of secateurs, a really special terracotta pot, lots more vouchers..... What would you like, I wonder?

Fuchsia Rust

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 20:39
As well as being affected by rust a lot of my fuchsias seem to have been "leggy" this year. Is this due to weather conditions - or should I have done more pinching out at an early stage? Thanks for useful info. about minimum Winter temperature....

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 21:20
I like MD, GW and Nigel! There's room for them all on my telly.


Posted: 06/10/2014 at 22:30
Early in the year I ordered some "climbing" pelargoniums. I didn't really expect much - especially when they were delivered six weeks later than promised. But they have grown fabulously - more than half-way up the frame that came with them "for free". They are blooming profusely at the moment and I'm planning to cut them down and store over Winter. Who knows - with an earlier start next year they may reach the top of the frame in 2015! Hope to post a photo tomorrow....

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This really cheers me up!

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