I would shorten the side shoots - the long ones by one third and the shorter ones just tip. I don't think I'd reduce the height. It should normally be done in August, but I'd do it now as you've not done it.
That's going to look fabulous in a few years' time.
I agree Nut - I don't think it's possible to raise the height of a standard once it's been 'stopped' in order to form the head.
Promise it to a friend - in my experience it will promptly turn up its toes and expire.
Or maybe one of these http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/flower-plants/perennial-and-biennial-plants/viola-sororia-freckles-large-plant/t64720TM
Just straining apple and mint to make mint jelly tomorrow
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In the second half of October I'll be sowing broad beans - Aquadulce Claudia - they will start to grow and overwinter to give you an early crop in May - usually way too early to succumb to aphid attack like later sown beans.
This variety has withstood 9 weeks of being under snow in the winter, and still given me a good crop.
Magnum, if you want a recommendation - I use Evergreen 4 in 1 lawn treatment in the spring. You can even buy it in Tesco and Asda nowadays. It kills off moss and weeds and feeds the grass. Use it carefully according to the instructions for amounts etc, and when to apply and when to water etc, and it will be fine.
The moss will turn black - that is to be expected - then you rake it out, either by hand with a spring tine rake or you can buy an electric lawn rake and scarifier.
I' have one of these http://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-ttb428gdo-32cm-1300w-lawn-scarifier-230v/48162?kpid=48162&cm_mmc=Google-_-Product%20Listing%20Ads-_-Sales%20Tracking-_-sales%20tracking%20url&gclid=CN6O47iukc8CFegW0wodZKMNMA
It's a shame - a fortnight ago it was on offer for £49.
Hope that helps
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Hostafan1 says:lush verdant sward here. Pygmy tribes are moving in as we speak. ( can we use the word " pygmy" these days? )See original post
lush verdant sward here. Pygmy tribes are moving in as we speak.
( can we use the word " pygmy" these days? )
Interesting musings on that issue here http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2012/08/05/is-it-appropriate-to-use-the-term-pygmy-when-speaking-of-pygmies /
Love Greg Laden's blog
Haven't got any grass here to cut Hosta - just brown stubble