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unhappy Pieris

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 16:29

Hi Mark

I don't grow it here as we're on chalk, but certainly in my parent's garden new growth on the Pieris would be cut back by a late frost - maybe if you're in Scotland the new growth isn't as far forward as Maggie's?

Which variety of Buddleja would this be ?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 16:23

I'm going for Philadelphus - you'll get some lovely scented blossom and when those are finished you can do a bit of pruning to reshape it and get some new growth lower down - it'll be gorgeous.

When it blooms show us some pics and we'll have a go at identfying it - that's if everyone agrees with me that it's a Philadelphus ............ 

Stump Removal

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 16:03

I would dig and tunnel around and beneath it - it'll be easier than trying to chop it to bits - then when you've uncovered the roots you can follow them to where they get narrower and saw them off - when you've cut through all the roots you can pull the stump out.    

I've removed stumps like that, when I was a bit younger, and I'm a girl 

It's a heck of a job but it's cheaper than gym membership and think how honed and toned you'll be 

unhappy Pieris

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 15:57

I'd leave it - it may go brown and die (just the damaged bits, not the whole plant ) in which case they'll fall to the ground or you can remove them carefully without damaging any buds.

 I'm sure the plant will throw out more new shoots to replace them 

Perhaps a dose of Fish, Blood & Bone, which is a slow-acting fertiliser, will give it a bit of energy in order to replace the buds.  Follow instructions on the pack. 

Pruning old roses and vines now

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 15:55

Hi Fiona 

What an exciting project you have!

Can you post some pics of the rose and the vine on here to give us a bit more information?  To post a picture on here you have to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar at the top of where you type your post and then follow the instructions.

I'm told it doesn't work for tablets and phones, but does for PCs and laptops 

unhappy Pieris

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 15:17

Perhaps that new growth has been caught by the night time  frosts we had this weekend?

Tree identity

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:51

Snap Forester 

Tree identity

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:51

It's the Davidia involurata - also known as the Handkerchief Tree or Dove Tree 

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/5364/Handkerchief-tree/Details 

what to have when bluebells die down ?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 14:45

I'd plant hardy geraniums in amongst them - they die down in the winter and just start to regrow around the time that the bluebells start to flower - by the time the bluebells start to die down the geraniums will be bulking up and will cover the dying leaves, and then the geraniums wlll flower all the summer - if you want to keep the blue theme going Geranium 'Rozanne' is a very good one and the bees love it. 

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