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Training/Pruning this honeysuckle?

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 11:39

Found this pic - there was all sorts of dead and dying stuff on the poles which we removed. The honeysuckle was the only thing that was worth keeping anyway. I think I'd just trimmed it back in this pic as the house was getting sold and it made it tidy for estate agent pix and viewings!


Training/Pruning this honeysuckle?

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 11:30

If you can take a pic and put it on it will help with other ideas ekk. The tree icon on the toolbar is the place to click 

I wouldn't have bothered moving that one I had either - it wasn't really the right place for one but I had the rest of the poles that were there to guide it along and into other planting further along. I might have a pic somewhere which shows the setting. I've just removed one in this garden I've got now. It had been planted against a fence which isn't ideal either as they don't have the right habit for that without a lot of tying in, and it really wasn't doing it any favours.  My fence all has to get removed anyway so it would have come out anyway. 

Training/Pruning this honeysuckle?

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:50

The problem with honeysuckles is - they don't like being confined to a small space, so you'll be pruning constantly - as you've found! I had a similar situation at my last house and did the same as you  - pruned right back to rejuvenate it , as it was full of old wood. I had the advantage of a further framework of poles to train it on, along with some clematis on another pole. It will be quite a bit of work to constantly tie it in where you want it, and just hacking the top off may mean losing future flowers. Ideally, they prefer something like a shed or other structure to just scramble over, but a trellis to train it onto would be better than nothing. If  that's not an option, could you move it somewhere else? 

Plants to attract wild life in a shady concrete courtyard

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:33

Forgot to add Sedums to the list Tracey. They prefer a sunny site but will cope well in  a pot and you can keep them in the sunniest part, or put some in troughs on a wall or fence. I did that with strawberries in a previous garden and you can grow all sorts of bee/butterfly attracting plants that way. The low growing 'Stonecrop'  kind are ideal for that sort of treatment.  Ajuga (bugle) is another good little plant for a shadier spot. Spring bulbs all attract bees - in fact they're a real benefit for them at that time of year - and are great in pots. Most of the usual ones will cope with quite a bit of shade too. 


Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:21

HI fellow 'pond-er-ers'...

I'm not keen on the long grass thing, mainly because it looks messy- I'd rather see planting and neat grass round the edge - but I suppose it's a personal thing. It depends on which place you view the pond from too. If there's a definite 'back' to it you could leave the  grass longer for wildlife and keep the front clear. At my last house the position of the pond meant that we couldn't have left it long - it would really just have looked uncared for. 


Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:48

Lesley - we had the same problem with Dad. So independent. When he set the panic alarm off accidentally and I went round but couldn't get in...that's when he finally realised he had to stop locking the doors on the inside with security bolts... 

Glad you've made some headway Verd 

No shortage of rain here today....


Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:08

Lesley - thinking of you. So much harder when they're not nearby - whole different ballgame. You can only do your best. Very frustrating for you though. You can always have a right good moan here 

Edging my lawn - what to do with the cuts?!

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 17:54

Stacking and storing it to get some soil for next year is the best solution if you can manage it, but it does depend on what room you have and whether you can use it.

I know what you mean about getting the grass stripped off though! I've lifted loads in the last year to make beds and borders here but I've stored it as described as I'll be able to use it in future. 

Lawn weed

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 17:49

That's bad Woody...worthy of his Verdun-ness 

I've probably seen trefoil but certainly not in any of my gardens, although I thought the flowers were more pea like. Perhaps it doesn't like the conditions here 

What is wrong with my sedum

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 17:45


I get leaf miner on mine, and quite a bit of discolouration as we get a lot of rainfall, but it doesn't stop them flowering and performing well. I often have something else planted in front of them to hide any ugly foliage! I've got a little offcut I stuck in the strawberry container in spring, and it's about to flower.The foliage from the strawbs is hiding any ropey stuff. They're pretty tough on the whole and shrug off all sorts of niggles. Always worth having them for the bees and butterflies. 

I'll call you LJ instead as I often get called FG!  

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