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help please !!

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:05

If you need a hard prune, then do it in the winter but you won't get any flowers that Spring. If you prune straight after flowering, the new growth it makes in that year will flower next year.

Sometine it's best to go by people's experiences, there's a lot of conflicting info to be had on net.

did you find yours bloomed after a winter pruning Ladybird, cos mine didn't. ? 

I don't like Copy/paste, but here's a bit of info........

General pruning can be carried out in late Winter - but only for diseased, untidy and crossing branches. Any major surgery at this time of year will cut off the flowering growths for the incoming Spring.

If your Amelanchier needs corrective pruning to re-shape or bring to an acceptable size, then this should be carried out immediately after flowering in order to allow the shrub to start into growth and provide flowering branches for the next year. Any pruning of Amelanchier later in the year will probably prevent flowering in the following year. However, late pruning normally brings better autumn foliage colour with the newer leaves. (Taken form a web site) 

so you can take your choice and do what you think best sammy, the foliage is striking and the blossom doesn't last for long. So it's choices really. 

Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 10:55

They are all beautiful BM and Beau is such a poser.

help please !!

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 09:25

Prune straight after flowering or you will lose next year's flowers, they bloom on old wood.


Posted: 10/04/2017 at 09:22

Just looking closely at that photo, the buddliea is also in flower, shows how late they can be.


Posted: 10/04/2017 at 09:21

Not much on mine either yet, just leaves. Which I don't remove until they die right down. They are a bit messy but so loved by bees, I could never not have them. These drumstick ones multiply very qiuckly , they're everywhere this year, but that's my bee bed so I will leave them.

......the good guys

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 09:15

They really are nice plants, theres 30 in each pack, I thing they cost £17.00 per pack, each plant was colour coded, they are outside in a plastic GH with zips done up late at night, they could be ready for planting up.  They are the big plugs like you can buy in GC for £1. 30 each or 10 for £10.00. 

i usually grow all my plants from seeds but you can't  get Tumbelina seeds and Surfinia are so expensive so treated myself this year.

Seed to buy

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 19:41

I always buy from here, good seeds, good germination very cheap. 

You can get them from Amazon but eBay pay a better % to my chosen charity. 

Tomato feed killed my clematis?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 10:09
Fishy65 says:

Don't beat yourself up over this Lolla, I'm new to clematis and have discovered all manner of do's and dont's. The mistake you made is very easy to do, especially when these plant feeds are marketed as though we cannot manage without them.

What I'm learning about clematis is the need to establish a strong root system as priority over top growth. I've got two young plants, bought about a year ago and have kept them well watered with a mulch of homemade compost over the top. New shoots are coming through but I was tempted to feed like yourself until a good friend and gardening guru advised me to stick with just watering. I do hope your plants pull through and wish you good luck.

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 And what a good pupil I have 😘 It's  nice to see that others don't believe in loads of feed either, let nature take its course. The soil will replenish if you get it in good condition with composts and chicken pellets, then it will sort out its own nutrients.  They the only things that go on my garden.

Do agree about feeding long term plants in tubs though, by replacing some of the soil, and an extra feed. 

pruning a camellia

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 14:45

I had one just like that, grown into a silly shape and I don't like the 'lolly pop' look, I cut it right down and it grew out very quickly into a lovely bush shape, it is now in the open garden. 

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