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To pinch out or not pinch out?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 21:28

just wondering....... I often read advice about pinching plants out, to encourage them to branch out and be more bushy .... But which plants can you do it with - and can you harm any particular ones if you do? I always pinch out fuchsias but am growing dahlias from seed for the first time this year. Should I do it with them? They look as though I could ....

Will my pelargoniums be OK?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 21:39

Many thanks for the advice! Much appreciated - I now know what to do.....put them back in the garage for a bit!

Will my pelargoniums be OK?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 19:42

i grew pelargoniums for the first time last year and was particularly pleased with the five I grew as "climbers" in a large barrel. I planted them in individual pots in the Autumn and have kept them virtually dry in a garage which is frost-free and bright (two windows). I've now brought them in to the house. Should I start watering them? If they survive, can I grow them on and replant them in my barrel or will I need to take cuttings? Any advice will be much appreciated.

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 19:36

I would never buy plants from T&M again. Even when their plants are OK their customer service is dreadful. But they offer a wide range of seeds and there is no problem ordering these.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 16:00

Had a lovely sunny day here in Dorset yesterday - so removed two of the oldest branches from my laburnum, pruned a beautiful hawthorn tree in our front garden and took bits off the malus. Great fun - but can't move today. Ouch! I'll never learn. Weather awful again today.

OK to prune this thuya occidentalis?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 22:05

Thanks to all those who have helped me decide.....I am going to remove the straggly top, mainly to restrict its height. There is no timber frame, Salino - this is part of the front of our bungalow. I appreciated your comments about the air vents. This is usually a very pretty border: two nandinas, two hydrangeas, seven fuchsias, the thuja and numerous bulbs. I'll post a prettier photo later in the year. (Don't know how I managed to get two this time!)

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.

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To pinch out or not pinch out?

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Will my pelargoniums be OK?

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OK to prune this thuya occidentalis?

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What could I choose?

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This really cheers me up!

Do you have a favourite photo too? 
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Identification please

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I warned my magnolia....

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