Posted: 24/05/2014 at 12:55
What I meant to say was before I "knew" anything about the "Chelsea chop" I was already doing it. It simply made sense to me. So, fashionable was wrong term.
However, Jim, it's good to debate, argue, compare notes, etc. I take on board everybody's views and then do it my way.
I remember the great Geoff Hamilton advocating hard pruning of hypericum hidcote to control rust. I was already doing that for exactly same reason......I'm not especially clever but fairly logical and I was fairly new to gardening.
We all learn in our own way.
Yes, I totally agree. We think we're so smart but really it takes us ages to get the simplest thing.
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Well that's one thing we agree on…...
I'm totally confused regarding the perennials and just think I will do half and half, call it an experiment
Don't worry it's complicated We think because we can repeat what's been said we get it. Ugh Ughhh! I remember in I think 'Insignificance' Marilyn Monroe explains Relativity to Einstein. He's totally blown away and tells her very few people get it. She very modestly explains that she doesn't get it all but she's just learned it like a script. Such a profound moment and so true of how we all are and why we should always be humble in case we make ourselves look stupid. which I do all the time.
As with many internet threads people usually only appear to disagree. My rounded argument I've presented all along really has had both sides of the debate though I've tried to steer you into doing the 'less work' method which is to plant now but that might not suite you.
You need to ask yourself what it is you want. As you can see from the debate, happy plants can be achieved in many ways. So, that's not an issue. Do you want big impact this summer but planting out other things to fill gaps, moderate borders now and less work, or variations on the theme. Simples! You decide.