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Too late to prune photinia?

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 09:08

OK, thanks for that.  We'll follow your advice, Tetley, leave the "big chop" until around March-April. 

Too late to prune photinia?

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 16:14

I've been looking at old (some positively ancient) threads on this subject.  I know you can hard prune photinia - it would appear even if you can't see buds to prune back to - but is it too late to do it now.  I think I've said before that, when we moved in here 5 years ago, the previous owners kept the garden tidy but had no idea about pruning.  It's taken me this long to get good shapes on the buddleja, physocarpus, ribes, etc. etc. but because they've all been properly pruned, they've decided that life is good after all and have grown enormously.  The photinia is lovely, about 8 by 8 feet but really needs to come back to around 5-6 feet in each plane - especially as it's vying for space now with the weigela (also now looking great)...can I do it now?  All at once?  Or bit by bit over the winter?  It's a Red Robin.  Thanks so much.

Seed saving

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 09:09

Thanks for all that, Forkers.  I think, as the plant has doubled in size since I bought it 4 years ago (although still not huge) and I don't see any seedlings alongside it ever (so, as Ecokid says, it might be sterile), I'll try dividing it early next Spring.  They don't flower for great lengths of time, but the colour is so lovely, including the foliage.  They are also a 'tidy' plant, keeping themselves upright and not encroaching on any other plant (unlike my Johnson's Blue geranium, that seems to be marching backwards at a great rate this year).  And next year, I might try gathering seeds again just to see what happens!

Which of these hardy geraniums is better?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 09:02

Jimmmy:  Don't agree about one-flush flowering for JB.  See my previous post.  Mine are doing well now and starting to reflower nicely.

Seed saving

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 16:54

I love to save seeds and have sown several flowers successfully - the easy ones such as aquilegia, delphinium, foxglove, etc..  I have been told that Jacob's Ladder is difficult to reseed.  Is that true or is there some magic I can work on next year's crop (I've just chopped mine off and put them in our 'brown bin')?  I'd love to know if anyone has had any success here.

Which of these hardy geraniums is better?

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 16:50

I have Johnson's Blue and, yes, they don't flower for too long and are prone to the flop.  However, given the Chelsea Chop right down to the ground, they immediately pop back up and mine are just starting their next flowering; as the Jacob's Ladder next to it has just finished, they take up the scheme very nicely.

pink flower

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 16:47

Definitely lavatera for my money.  So pretty and, as you can see, good for our bees.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 16:45

Here in Newark (Notts, not New Jersey) it's been relatively dry.  Last night's "rain" added about one-eighth of an inch to the water butt level but it did soften the soil sufficiently for me to attack one big border.  However, the relatively breezy day has played havoc once again with the baskets and other containers, so lots of dead-heading of sad, droopy surfinias.  Having said that, I'm just grateful that I could get outside today as we did get some sunshine and reading some of the other posts, I think we may just be in a little micro-environment of our own over here!

Mystery plant, help needed please!

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:07

No, I do know what you mean - don't apologise!  I used to have problems with poppies in my last garden too and they are a devil to get rid of.  In the end I just used to pull them up all the time and try not to complain!  The reason I said tomato is because I've been nipping out tomatoes today in one border that was 'treated' with my compost a couple of weeks back!


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:02

Decided to tidy up my 'ornamental' border; however, good old English clay soil meant I couldn't do a thing so I've spent the last half hour soaking it and I'll have to have a go tomorrow.  Spent my time dead-heading the buddleja, roses and chopping down the coreopsis and other flowers that have 'had their day' for this year.  Can't believe it's August tomorrow...  I'd taken Monty's advice and sowed a lot of grass seeds in plugs.  Himself was most pleased as he can now plant it all in the patches where the squirrels have dug out the grass.  Thank goodness for GW, I'd never have thought of doing that before.

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