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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!

Patio cleaner

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:26

I have a paved area outside my French windows, then a light coloured gravel and flower borders each side. I purposely bought a light colour gravel (the stones are not very tiny - average 1")

I have purchased some Kleeneeze cleaner to get rid of the green deposit on the shady area of the gravel but the label says Keep Away from Animals. I have a 5 month old Cavalier KCS puppy and wonder if anyone has experience of using a product such as this?  The bottle is obviously kept in a secure cupboard away from my dog but I am wondering about using the product to clean the gravel/paving stones as she does use the back garden when she needs to 'eliminate'.  My thoughts are to rinse the area with the hose following cleaning to remove the cleaner after use.

Any pet owners out there in a similar situation?

Replacement for Hydrangea

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:14

I have a massive Lacecap Hydrangea under my kitchen window which I have decided to remove as it is so big - almost covering the window. The front of my tiny terraced house has a footpath running past and my small front garden is gravelled with some pots. I have two Clematii (!) over my porch (Montana and a later purple variety.)  The front garden gets the morning/early afternoon sun.

I was thinking of planting a rose to replace the Hydrangea - something resembling a bush. I had one in the border of my previous property - which grew to a very large, plant with multiple pale whitish-pink, single flowers. This did take 10+ years and as the border was large I didn't need to reduce it's size. I cannot remember it's name.  

The new plant would go directly into the ground - not in a container. Can anyone recommend a rose which might fit the bill?  Thanks. 

new roses and other new planting

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 12:59

If you have a garden centre anywhere near you run by folk with 'learning disabilities' they usually sell their plants at much lower prices than other garden centres. I get most of my plants from one called Cherry Tree Nurseries on the edge of Bournemouth.

Surviving Geraniums

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 12:54

I have 3 containers of Geraniums (Pelargoniums) from last year (and the year before!) which have survived the Winter.

They look a bit rough but still have some flowers on two of them. The leaves in one pot is riddled with holes from caterpillars. The plants flowered well last Summer - having survived from the year before. What is the best way of reviving them and also killing the pests without damaging the plants?  Should I cut them back?

I also have some Fuschias in a similar condition (two are in my raised bed and two in pots - no caterpillars on these. I think some are hardy - the ones in pots aren't.)

Thanks for any suggestions.

   

Surviving Pelargoniums

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 12:47

I have 3 containers of Pelargoniums from last year (and the year before!) which have survived the Winter. They look a bit rough but still have some flowers on two of the pots. One pot is riddled with holes from caterpillars. They flowered well last Summer - having survived from the year before. What is the best way of reviving them and also killing the pests without damaging the plants?

how can I read my replies?????

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 13:38

Thought it was me!  I tried to read my reply and got my own enquiry.

Pruning

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 12:06

I enquired about this last year but I didn't retain the reply (sorry!)

I have looked up in my gardening books about pruning Philadelphus but it says after flowering. My plant was new in Spring last year and has not flowered yet. It is in a raised bed and has grown about 8 leggy branches (some over 6') and they are leaning over somewhat. As my garden is quite tiny it's height is beginning to overpower the border. Can I reduce it's height? 

I will try to post a pic to give better idea. Hope it works!

Thanks,  Lyn

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Discussions started by Lyn Plant-Wells

Pruning Hankey Pankey

Lots of leaf buds and a couple of flower buds 
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Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Is it too late and how hard to prune? 
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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... 
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Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 13:37

Patio cleaner

Green gravel in back garden  
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Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 14:14

Replacement for Hydrangea

Bush rose? 
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Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 13:14

Surviving Geraniums

Tatty looking containers 
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Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 23:48

Surviving Pelargoniums

Looking a bit ropey! 
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Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 12:47

Pruning

Philadelphus 
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Last Post: 28/09/2013 at 14:14

Massive Hydrangea

How to reduce size 
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