Posted: 02/05/2017 at 11:11
I pruned - as always - immediately after flowering. The one tree is, I must admit, more shaded this year because of extreme growth (which has happened everywhere) of the trees behind. However, the other is receiving exactly the same amount of light as always. We have finally received permission to prune the trees of the 'medieval hedge' behind our property (subjectg to a TPO) which will help somewhat with tree no. 1 but I don't think that's the whole problem. I'm glad to hear that I am not alone, Musher, although I must admit that there is no difference in leaf size in my trees. Well, we'll just cherish the few flower heads we do have and hope for better things next year!!. Thanks for your input, Forkers: as always, I knew I could rely on someone out there!
Happy gardening in this beautiful - and slightly warmer, thank goodness - weather!