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Pruning Large Woody Lavender

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 15:32

I agree with Gemma - it's not usually successful to cut lavender back hard and in any event lavender isn't usually a long-lived plant.   I'd take some cuttings this summer and grow on some new plants then in 2016 you can replace your old plants with new ones.  And this time you'll keep them trimmed back every year (directly after flowering) so that they don't outgrow their space

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 15:27

Oh Philippa ((hugs))    - do you live near to Punkdoc?  It sounds as if you've both experienced the same sort of damage. 

My poor philadelphus

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 15:20

It's a big shame - but there may be a silver lining.  Philadelphus sometimes throws up one long branch and the others are quite spindly in comparison.  If you had asked me I would have advised you to cut that main branch hard back and then it would have thrown up several new branches and you'd have a well balanced shrub. 

Now, without even having gone to the bother of asking, you're going to get that well-balanced shrub

You'll have to do without flowers this year, but maybe you can plant something nearby that will focus attention for this year - just think of it as an excuse to go to the garden centre

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 13:40

And the best thing to do with WUMS is to Ignore them and get on with planning our gardening for next year and reading those seed catalogues

This thread is a place to share our worries and troubles - sharing is a two-way process - it is not about attention-seeking.


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 12:41
chicky wrote (see)

Dove - i know for a fact I can be irritating - but I am learning to sometimes curb my enthusiasm.  Its a bit like my singing, to which littlest chicklet always warns "in our heads, Mum, in our heads!!"

Nah!  My littlest (quite grown up now) just joins in - accounts of  the two of us driving around Suffolk with the top down singing along to the Shoop Shoop Song and Fairytale of New York are legendary

What decorative stone to use?

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 12:13

We have off-white limestone chippings on our driveway, which look very good especially when the sun shines on them.  However I've seen them in other places that get little sunshine and they soon get green algae on them in the shade.

Another option would be pea shingle which is relatively cheap, or the more attractive version Golden Gravel which is a little more expensive.  The golden colour looks warm and would blend with your white house and the brown fence.  It's available from most builders merchants.


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 11:16

Chicky - I'm afraid I was reared on Pollyanna too - watched it on tv just the other day too   I understand that some people find us quite irritating  

It may well be too soon for Pdoc to start thinking about those new planting opportunities that you and I have thought about - but if he shows us some pics we can do some preparatory thinking for him - we can also make a wish list so that anyone with suitable cuttings etc can be ready to pot on and get things ready for him. 

Of course the poor chap's feeling down - I'd be devastated too - but spring will come and we'll be here ready to help when it does


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 10:58

Oh Pdoc ((hugs)) I'm so sorry to hear such awful news!    Would the greenhouse be covered by insurance? 

I hope offloading and talking to us helps you to pause and take stock - would it help to show us some photos - you know how we like making suggestions?


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 10:20

Glad to hear you're having such a good time Frank and that view sounds fabulous.

HONEYSUCKLE won't flower :-(

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 10:17

Hi Sean   Most honeysuckles flower on growth produced the previous year, so that will explain why you had no flowers last season - but you should get plenty this coming summer. Sometimes we have to forgo the flowers in order to get things in order.

Some help with pruning honeysuckles here

I'd give it a dose of Fish, Blood and Bone in the spring, and stand well back!

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