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How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 09:40

there is an article on eHow on pruning pittosporum. i have cut and pasted the address - best I could manage with my present IT knowledge!

Floppy Rose

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 09:26
Shrinking Violet wrote (see)

I read of a technique in America where the arching stems were effectively "trained" into arches around the central stems by pinning them down (think pumpkin shape).  The stems then sent up flowering shoots which gave a thickened and prolific appearance.  I wish I could remember the name of the technique or guide you to a website, but it was some time ago.  I meant to earmark it for future reference.  Full of good intentions, me!

I've read about this technique but had forgotten it. Thanks for reminding everyone about it. I have a spindly David Austin rose, too, and will be doing this. Brilliant! It seems that this is a feature of a number of 'English roses' - something I'll watch out for in future. The other problem with my rose (forgotten the name - old age!) is that it looks pretty bare after its main flush of flowering in June - not much leaf, even, more like an old rose.

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 09:18

The trouble with peonies is that they take up a lot of room and don't flower for long. I always cut back my peonies after flowering to make room for other flowering perennials around them. I leave plenty of leaf so that they can regenerate, but give them a fairly drastic haircut around the sides. That way, I don't leave a horrible hole in the border, but in a small garden, all plants have to earn their place and fit in with other plants. 


That new roundup gel

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 17:41

I bought this product but find it almost impossible to get it onto the leaf I have in mind without touching any others in my crowded garden. I'm wondering if I could adapt it and use a brush.

Steep bank

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 15:37

You don't say whether you want shrubs or herbacious perennials. It depends on how tall you want the plants to be. At the risk of pretending that I know what I am talking about, this is a time when invasive plants with deep roots and underground runners have their uses. (Japanese knotweed was introduced by the railway authorities to stabilise the banks of railway cuttings). You could use an erosion control sheet or even some plastic to stabilise the bank and then plant through that, too, and perhaps take it away when the plants have matured somewhat. If the site is sunny, you might find that things like lavender, choisya and cranesbills (perennial geraniums) worked well. Japanese anemones spread well, and are tough. Vincas provide strong ground cover. Ornamental grasses like carex and festuca might be good. The RHS website  has a garden planner where you can feed in information about your needs and get a list of plants. Just type rhs,org,uk/plant selector into a search engine. Hope some of these ramblings help.

Conifer Trouble

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 14:49

Just a thought. If they are next to a drive, I suppose no noxious substance like oil has been spilt on their roots?  

What is this plant

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 14:40

If this is a lonicera, I want it! What a gorgeous colour!

mystery tree

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 14:35

I've pulled out lots of these without knowing what they were, so i know they are prolific. It is just that this one seemed a godsend, providing privacy from overlooking windows without actually having to think about how I could provide this for myself without taking all the light from the gardens behind. The branches of this are quite open and it seems a far better option that the awful, mile-high Leylandii that you see.

Sickly plants ? Try asprin.

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 12:22

Wales in much the same - wet, wet, wet. This forum is a nice substitute for actual gardening in this weather. Fascinating information about aspirin - I'm going to research its uses further, while it rains. One thing about wet weather, though - the slugs go for a stroll and are easy to exterminate!

Conifer Trouble

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 12:16

Cypress aphid can cause this. The RHS has a section on their website about brown patches on conifers. Areas that have died do not grow back, in my limited experience.

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