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Pruning acers

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 22:21

I prune mine like a fruit tree, so cutting back now back to a bud, where it will bush out next year. Feel free to prune back to buds all over the tree to give it the size you want. I am not easy at pruning like so many people are, but it works on this tree and you need it to work for you It will look fine when the leaves are back in spring.

Pruning acers

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 21:00

@tim burr - Acer Crimson Sentry is different to Acer palmatum, a Japanese maple. Acer Crimson sentry is a palatnoide, so tall and tree like. You can prune them hard just like a fruit tree to keep them small.

Pruning acers

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 19:42

After the first hard frosts is best. The sap will be low then. You can try hardwood cutting with the removed branches.

garden furniture

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 19:38

Hardwood decking will cope, the cheap softwood decking will mark easily. Sticky felt pads will work but will fall off after the first rain. I would use rubber and use a waterproof glue like araldite.

Potting my bamboo

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 18:56
Georg Faust wrote (see)
blairs wrote (see)

Looks likea Phyllostachys, possibly Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aureocaulis)

Golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) has very different leaves to Sasa.

I have several of both plants in my garden. The two leaves at the left are Golden bamboo, the one on the right is Sasa...

Typically, the leaves of Golden bamboo are 20-25mm in width. Sasa is much bigger, typically 80mm in width.

But your bamboo might be something else.

Your right - re looking at the plant, the leaves are very large! Much larger than Golden Bamboo.

Potting my bamboo

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 09:51

Looks likea Phyllostachys, possibly Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aureocaulis)

Tree Peony

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 09:28
gardengirl6 wrote (see)

Does anyone know how long I will have to wait for a newly planted tree peony to start flowering?   I planted one in the spring of 2010.   The leaves look healthy but no flowers yet.

Did you buy it bare root or with in a pot? I bought mine bare root, added bonemeal and good compost and it flowered (if one flower denotes flowering!) by June, so 3-4 months. Is yours in full sun, with fertile soil? The trick is also not to overwater. They droop in spring/earyl summer because of temperature differences and not due to lack of water! Easy to confuse.

Overwintering Cannas

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 15:43

The last episode of GW had Monty over winter Dhalia in vermiculite that he watered and said would monitor it to keep it slightly damp every month till March. I do the same except I use sand. Cannas die if left to dry out over winter (sigh as someone who did that last year!)

Topiary Alternative

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 15:39

Are you watering them? Remember that the plants can act like an umbrella preventing water reaching the soil, so rain alone is rarely enough. Box is normally fine in north facing aspects, so I also suspect that it may be exposed (windy), or the planter too small for the size of plants. Fushia standards are not a good choice for north facing aspects as they need sun.

If you reply about how windy and exposed the site is and pot size then we might have better ideas for you.

Tree Peony

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 15:33

Give it a mulch of compost and bark over winter and give a good fertiliser feed in early spring. It needs lots of sun (prefereably full sun) to give a good show of blooms. I only had a handful of blooms last year, but what tends to happen is it sulks one year then blooms like mad the next.

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