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Pruning a Budlea Tree??

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 19:01
Sandy Abley wrote (see)

ok, I'll get a photo of it in the daylight, its really big, so I think taking it too far back may be too much as welsh onion says. I've no idea what variety it is...photo coming over the weekend. Thank you for your expertise.

 

They grow in brick rubble on derelict sites, railway embankments, gaps in walls, through tarmac pavements etc.....can't really make a case for TLC.   

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 18:49

Don't worry, DD...didn't intend to get technical, promise.  The reason I asked is because while the foreground is in focus, the background is out of focus, this would indicate that the camera is set on auto. For both the foreground and background to be in focus a smaller aperture (maybe f16) would need to be used.

Most peeps are happy to use their cameras in auto.....still an excellent shot though.   

This may help explain: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhJMdISfqME

Pruning a Budlea Tree??

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 14:21

Buddleias are thug plants/bushes and thus virtually indestructible. Having said that if a pruning regime were called for, I would suggest cutting everything back by half in the autumn and down to 18 inches above the ground in the spring.

They flower on the current year's growth, hence cutting back to 18 inches above ground avoids all the flowers growing on the top of the bush.

   

soil sieves

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 12:25

Whatever happened to the word 'riddle'...a 'sieve' puts me in mind of a kitchen implement.

Sieve/Riddle, I make my own by making a square box from pieces of 3'' x 1" timber (or whatever is at hand) and covering it with plasterers screed, then fix with small fencing staples. 

Fertilzer Concentrations

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 12:12

Don't know if anything in this thread may help: http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/the-mystery-of-npk/270092.html

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 09:11

Another nice shot from you DD....do you mind me asking if your camera is set to 'auto'?

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 21:24

"The perennial type are quite vigorous and have no small.'

Whoops....please read 'no smell'.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 21:12

That's me in glasses:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2iFJmo-hak&list=RDy2iFJmo-hak

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 21:01

Baz - There are perennial sweet peas that die back and regrow in the spring, although the ones we discuss here are annuals.

The perennial type are quite vigorous and have no small.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 20:05

Hi, Wills

Weather & soil conditions permitting early March would be the best time to plant out those SPs.

I say weather & soil conditions permitting because when you remove them from their pots (as with all transplants) they will take a little check and need to recover.

Try to avoid icy winds...even if you have to provide a temporary windbreak. 

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