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Pruning Lilac

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 13:19

Whoops not sure how I managed to post a response to that question on this thread

Pruning Lilac

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 08:59

I usually try and google the name and a few plant types eg rose, clematis although the results can be a bit random.

But also try searching on the RHS site as sometimes you get plants listed from their plantfinder database - if from here it wont always have pictures but it wil tell you what there is and what nurseries stock it and you then have a definite name to google if it's something you might like. Their database is very comprehensive.

I seem to use their site a lot from my recent posts - I wonder if they pay commission!  

Pruning Lilac

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 08:53

If it needs a radical chop don't chop out more than a third of the main branches at a time as otherwise it can be too much of a shock and the plant might not recover but lilacs do respond well to hard pruning.

There is some advice on this on the RHS site and this article is quite good- link below

Having said no more than a third, our college tutor said the usual problem was gardeners being too timid!

Squash - Yellow Leaves

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 16:51

A tip in the UK is to remove some of the leaves to help the fruit to get more sun and ripen so yes you should be fine thinning it out

Wish we still had some warm sun here

Outdoor Christmas lights

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 16:43

Places like Homebase and B&Q should have lots to choose from.

We got some very pretty ones shaped like fuschia flowers from John Lewis (silver wire with white bulbs) but that was a couple of years ago so don't know what range they have now - these weren't specifically christmas lights just outdoor garden lights


What is this?

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 15:36

I think it's Juncus effusus - often used as a marginal or bog plant but will also grow in pots if it gets enough moisture (which everything has this year!) We have had it growing in some pots in shade at one of the flats we rented, we never watered it and it seemed happy enough. Not terribly exciting on it's own but is evergreen and adds some vertical interest - the owner of our flat had it mixed in with some ferns and hostas which looked quite effective.


Posted: 31/10/2012 at 13:20

Rowan trees are quite pretty and have a fairly light canopy so don't cast too much shade - are also good for wildlife.

They have pretty (mostly white I think) blossom, autumn berries and some have good autumn colour

Couple are

Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' - red stems, red autumn colour, yellow berries

Sorbus aucuparia - good autumn colour and red berries

This cherry has good early autumn colour and the bark is attractive as well - Prunus sargentii but agree with nutcutlet lots of the cherries are very boring and the blosson will only last a week ot two. 


lemon tree

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 13:15

I don't have any pruning experience with citrus trees but most fruit trees can be pruned quite hard if they get too large so I would imagine citrus are the same?  

But I do know that you can't keep them outside as they don't like the cold at all even if you wrap them up - I think they can only cope down to about 5 - 10 degrees (bit like me).


Dark corners

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 13:08

How about using a mirror  - this can also make your garden seem bigger. You can use any old mirror but indoor ones do degrade over time.

Re Dolores' suggestion we used a creamy stone mulch on a very shaded bed (north facing, no sun at all) and it was surprising how much difference it made. Not just to make it look brighter but the plants also seemed to benefit as well and grew much better than previously.

How do I treat a wound in the trunk of my acacia tree

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 13:04

My pleasure

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