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Very leggy Philadelphus

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 16:14

Thanks guys. I got it for the scent really but it's just getting too big.

Very leggy Philadelphus

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 10:16

Thanks! I might donate it to my brother who has a large garden - if it comes out ok. When would you advise trying to move it? (I would cut it down first, of course!)

Very leggy Philadelphus

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 10:10

I planted a Philadelphus in my raised border (my garden is tiny) just under 3 years ago. I cut it back last year and it's even more leggy now - some stems about 12' high!

It has not flowered at all and some of the stems break off from the main plant when it's windy. Most stems are thin and break easily anyway. As my garden is so small,  I can't afford to keep any 'under achievers' so wonder if I should take it out and plant something else. I wanted it to be the focal point in the bed but it's just tall, green and uninteresting! 

I'd be grateful for any advice. 

Rose suckers?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 14:14

Really grateful to you guys for all your expert advice and comments. Do new shoots like mine usually look very different from the main plant? ie large thorns?

Rose suckers?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 00:14

Thanks very much for all your comments and suggestions. I have emailed David Austin and await their reply. It has been quite windy of late but I think it was after the appearance of the shoots. They certainly don't seem to 'match' the rest of the plant, which doesn't have large thorns and thick stems - just slightly 'bristly', finer stems.)

 

 

Rose suckers?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 12:02

I have a fairly new (planted 3 months ago) Ballerina rose in a large container. It is growing well with numerous buds - some just opening.  There are two shoots with 9 leaves, taller than the main plant, with large thorns. Are these suckers?  (I thought suckers had 7 leaves) 

Pigeon/Dove Problems

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 11:52

Doves are rather different to common wood pigeons. Are they these white?  Also Collared Doves are different (not domesticated but much smaller and they mate for life so usually seen in pairs) I agree that wood pigeons are a pain - the breast is really the only part worth cooking!  

I hope you manage to re-home the doves - as for the pigeons, I have the same problem and they usually scarper as soon as I open the window with the air gun!

Pruning Hankey Pankey

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 12:03

I have posted this on the 'Techniques' page, which I think is the wrong place so sorry folks. Noticed that this Forum dept seemed more appropriate.

I am a novice gardener and need some advice re pruning my Hankey Pankey - planted the year before last.  It is about 4' tall and had a few nice blooms last Summer but I think it could probably do better as I am sure I didn't prune it properly last year.

On YouTube someone suggested pruning each stem above the 7th bud from the base, after removing any dead/damaged stems. Is this good advice?  There are lots of shoots and one or two buds - I am nervous about cutting these off!  Help!

Many thanks for any advice.

Lyn

 

 

Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 11:49

Apologies if this is the wrong 'department.'  

I am a novice gardener and need some advice re pruning my Hankey Pankey - planted the year before last.  It is about 4' tall and had a few nice blooms last Summer but I think it could probably do better as I am sure it hasn't been pruned properly .

On YouTube someone suggested pruning each stem above the 7th bud from the base, after removing any dead/damaged stems. Is this good advice?  There are lots of shoots and one or two buds - I am nervous about cutting these off!  Help!

Many thanks for any advice.

Talkback: Insects and seed heads

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:37
Seedheads are great for sheltering insects but earwigs can be a nuisance as they nibble flower petals.
However, I have a friend who never kills earwigs as they are truly dedicated mothers. They tend their babies and clean them every day! AAAhh!
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Discussions started by Lyn Plant-Wells

Very leggy Philadelphus

About 10' + 
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Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 20:07

Rose suckers?

Tall shoots with 9 leaves 
Replies: 17    Views: 525
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 15:46

Pruning Hankey Pankey

Lots of leaf buds and a couple of flower buds 
Replies: 0    Views: 123
Last Post: 10/03/2014 at 12:03

Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Is it too late and how hard to prune? 
Replies: 5    Views: 237
Last Post: 11/03/2014 at 17:47

Talkback: Insects and seed heads

Seedheads are great for sheltering insects but earwigs can be a nuisance as they nibble flower petals. However, I have a friend who never k... 
Replies: 0    Views: 87
Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 13:37

Patio cleaner

Green gravel in back garden  
Replies: 1    Views: 274
Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 14:14

Replacement for Hydrangea

Bush rose? 
Replies: 0    Views: 154
Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 13:14

Surviving Geraniums

Tatty looking containers 
Replies: 3    Views: 294
Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 23:48

Surviving Pelargoniums

Looking a bit ropey! 
Replies: 0    Views: 101
Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 12:47

Pruning

Philadelphus 
Replies: 4    Views: 251
Last Post: 28/09/2013 at 14:14

Massive Hydrangea

How to reduce size 
Replies: 9    Views: 391
Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 16:07
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