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Renovating Forsythia

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:54

My personal inclination would be to hack it and then dig it up but then I don't like them.

However, assuming they want flowers next year they should cut about 1/3 of all the stems back to the main stem now.   They can then shorten the remaining stems to a size and shape that suits them.  If they repeat this every spring after any flowering finishes they will have renovated their shrub over 3 years - as long as they don't cut out the newest shoots next year and the year after.

Thereafter, they just need to cut back all the flowered stems as soon as flowering finishes.  Forsythias flower on wood produced the previous year but an older one that's been neglected might go onto shock if you take out all the stems in one go.   A spring feed wouldn't hurt.

Last edited: 30 April 2017 19:56:06

Trellis or Wire?

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:31

I've seen vine eyes in DIY stores but not often in garden centres. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:27

Did he/she help make the lemon tart?  Quite agree about store bought lemon meringue pie.  That kid's got taste!

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Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:24

Pansy - maybe people will buy your toms once the weather warms up.  Shame to chuck 'em if you can hang on another 10 days or so.

M-U - patchwork quilts are in demand so offer them to a charity shop or sell 'em on E-bay or else maybe Freecycle.   

I think Bert from Grimsby is very handsome.  Hope he's happy with his new playmate.


Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:18

I should think it will be OK.   Mine is just going over after flowering prolifically this spring and I will be cutting back some of the over long or low branches as well as removing those that have snuck under the gutter on our annex.   Then I shall feed them and do the usual July pruning in due course.

Plant identification please

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 19:16

They need full sun and moist but well-drained soil to thrive.   If you put it in shade you'll get fewer flowers.

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Posted: 30/04/2017 at 18:26

Hazel - you can work most of them out by replacing rose with itis or osis - 

cirrhosis, osteoporosis, arthritis, neurosis, arteriosclerosis, fibrosis.... 

More rain here just now - OH is walking the dogs while I address a chuck with garlic and herbs and butter for roasting for dinner.    Getting very blustery now.

Allow me to introduce you to Bert from Grimsby - http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/meet-escapee-bert-naughty-raccoon-recaptured/story-29116720-detail/story.html 

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Posted: 30/04/2017 at 16:39

Oh B3.  Not having a good day?

Joyce - only "arth'rose" so far and yes, it is definitely better for an occasional glass of wine as long as it's not cheap or sweet rosé!   Pink fizz is lovely though.

Suggest a large headed bright coloured  annual to grow.

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 16:18

Sunflowers tall and short - yellows, oranges, russets.

Tithonia - Mexican sunflowers - yellows and vibrant orange.

Zinnias - hot colours and purple too.

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Posted: 30/04/2017 at 16:13

Woohoo!  3rd downpour of the day.  Pity they don't last very long but better than nowt.

For anyone who understands French and is over 27.....

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