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About to Prune established cornus to the base

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 06:57

When you say "right down to the base" does that mean leaving a couple of inch stems sticking out, or really so that you can see nothing at all when you have finished? Do the new stems break from underground like a perennial, or from buds on an existing branch, like a rose?

am about to tackle this for the first time on 3 year old midwinter fires, and don't really know what i am doing 


Posted: 26/02/2014 at 06:45

Morning ! Bit frosty here - glad no GH dash required this morning  but nice that its light enough that i could if i wanted!  

Morning AWB - look forward to the stumpery pics


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 06:56

Morning Pam and Archie.  Just done my greenhouse dash, so irises should now be ok til the weekend. Gosh we had some rain last night - thought it was going to come through the roof at one point!  Gotta dash - hope you all have a good day.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 23:30

I potted mine up individually - they should all make good size plants and can be planted out late spring

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 23:28

Lily - yes, a bhoula - jaqueline postil


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 23:25

Pinkie - glad to see you are up and running - welcome to the clan.

Lizzie - roots wrapped in kitchen towel - dawn expedition to GH planned!

Tracey - think i have the same geranium offer as you, but mine arrived last weekend - they are hardy ones so should be fine potted up in a sheltered space - mine are throwing up leaves already.

panda - just had a good look at your new hellebore - stunning.  I have purple hellebore envy big time


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 22:09

Wow Panda - what a wonderful thankyou present - and you will think of Ma Panda every time it blooms

i was expecting my irises to be corms, but they are actually small rhizomes i think:

 I will go and loosely pot them up tomorrow before work - and then sort them properly at the weekend.  Thanks for all the suggestions. They are ultimately destined for a damp patch at the edge of the stumpery (pics a few weeks back) - hope they will be happy there.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:20

Any postcards for me.  Or do i have to make a decision for myself


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:04

I got home to find 3 bare root irises on the doorstep - do i go over to the GH at 6.30 tomorrow morning to sort them out (in pink fluffy dressing gown) , or can i keep them ticking over til the weekend ??

Answers on a postcard please ....(but not about the dressing gown - thats a non-negotiable)

Plant I.D Help

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:40
I thought the tulip might be angelique too - but mine are one of the later tulips to flower - was this a picture from last year?

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Cap on soil

Do I need to break it before mulching? 
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Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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Best dogwoods for stem colour

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No flowers on gladioli

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Camellia - yellow leaves

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Plants to identify - grasses and some sort of monster

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Rose "The Fairy"

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