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How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 11:57

Lennyboy, now would be a good time to very lightly trim your bush, you may lose some of the winter blossom but it will keep it tidy.
There so many plants that will go under although I use Cranes-bill, Geranium Grandiflorum, it is low growing and if you dig some compost into the ground on planting it will thrive and come year after year. Once it has flowered you can cut it right back, the foliage will regrow and you get a second flowering, you can vary the colours so it will flower at differing times.
Hope this helps


Peony Pruning?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 11:47

Gardening Grandma, you are doing what a good gardener does and that is experiment, we all make mistakes it is how we learn, I was looking at a Geum in my garden yesterday that has flowered for nearly two months, it self seeds and the newer plants flower through the older bits. That Geum has been all round the garden over the last few years until I found out where it was happy.
I do a lot of pots these days as I can lift the pot to a bench and work on it and also move the pots around as they come into flower then go back, that way you get a new outlook and some of the pots can go in between plants where there is a bare spot, it is called killing two stones with one bird, well in my neck of the woods it is.
You do it your way it is what pleases you and that is the satisfaction of gardening.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 13:57

Posh, whilst I finish my sandwich, home baked ham, A report on the Sunflower.
It now sits in a twelve inch pot and was inspected by granddaughter last night, she has to give an update to her Teacher. I got a hug so she was well pleased "err" granddaughter not Teacher. Afraid Grandson upset Mum, "why can we not have good food like this at home" I ducked out.
Sun still there so back out, the tomato's tied in topped up the pots and side shoots though not many of them. A lot of dead heading to do the Paeony now finished though the Cranes bill under the large bush still going strong. The Deutzia which has flowered for what seem weeks is now needing a trim, you should move North, sun and fresh air.


Small tree - any ideas please?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 13:32

Cloud8, a couple of things, Prunus Amanogawa can grow to 10m or in my language thirty feet with a spread of 4m twelve feet.
Sorbus can grow to from twenty to thirty feet with a good spread.
Your neighbour would be within her or his rights to cut of any branches over hanging his or her garden throwing the waste back into yours, as I have seen in my locality that it causes some very lopsided trees.
Amelanchier (Juneberry) can grow to 12 feet although you can keep it low with heavy pruning.
Viburnum, Daphne, Spiraea, Deutzia al low and slow growing can be lightly trimmed, I would say step lightly when planting in a small front garden as neighbours move on.


How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 13:09

Pittosporum, shorten any straggles in Spring.Trim established bushes in early spring (April-May) to maintain a shape.
In other words keep nibbling at it reducing some of the growth a little at a time until you have tamed it.


Peony Pruning?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 12:59

Gardening Grandma, as a child we had a smallholding as many did back then, my Father a very keen gardener fed us and the extended family from a walled garden and the animals hens geese ducks we kept. Two Uncles also had farms so really we were well provided for unlike so many at the time.
That land now has a large four bed roomed house on it and the garden divided into four separate garden, apart from some help from me when old enough Dad did it all himself. His motto was if you cannot eat it or sell it there is no room for it, but then he grew Paeonia, Pinks, Carnations and show stopping Chrysanthemums plus a very long row of Madonna Lily's, I grow them all apart from the lily's.
Your can quite easily put in a nursery bed along a wall or fence as long as they get some sunlight, as they grow plant in front of them with annual plants low growing to take the eye, many seeds do need to be put in a nursery bed so space can be made.
I sometimes do not prune down the paeonia until spring leaving the dry foliage as a frost guard, some gardeners prune in Autumn then lay the cuttings over the root ball as frost guard, we all have our ways although as soon as the leaves are dead and dry they stop doing their job and can be cut down if you wish.
Garden are our individual choice, I do not go with the fashion model makeover etc although my garden has changed as I get older and stiffer.
I try to answer question where I have knowledge, which is not everything asked, because the people asking have not had the pleasure of being brought up with good gardens. The last forty or more years of a lawn a swing and a bit of a flower bed restricted peoples knowledge, now there is a rush back to vegetable growing, what a treat they are in for when they eat their own produce.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 11:23

Eight letters beginning with "S", Sunshine although plenty of cloud, very dour looking over towards the Hills to the South and not much better towards the east coast, as usual Teesside bucks the trend.
A day in the garden or what is left of the day, after feeding my grandchildren yesterday I needed a clean up.
Maybe a visit to the local nursery they have two for one offers on and they do have very good plants.


Peony Pruning?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 11:13

Paeonia, my favourite flower having grown up with a huge bush of the plant which was very old then and now have a cutting from that plant from my Sister. It was paeonia officnalis Rubra-plena a deep red. I also have a more modern Rubra-plena and Alba-plena.
They do not need pruning until late Autumn then you cut them back to ground level, I dead head then tidy them up a little but that is it.
They can be moved as long as you leave the surface of the root ball uncovered when you replant it. Put plenty of good compost in the hole first then mulch the area around the root ball without actually touching it. Rake in bone meal in early spring making sure you do not damage the roots that are near the surface. They like almost full sun although shade from early morning sun after frost.
You can grow from seed sown as normal then left in a cold frame in early Autumn, prick them out into a nursery bed in Spring and leave for three or four years before planting in position in the Autumn.
They can be divided but make sure you have roots and dormant buds on each piece, they can take a year or so to settle and flower. My cutting had a flower the first year then nothing for three years until it flowered again this year, patience is required with Paeonia.
A lot of gardeners say they are not worth the bother, that is a matter of taste, a lot of plants come and go in a flash, this years Paeonia have lasted three weeks and are going over now, the bees swarm round them and I underpin them with Cranes-bill, the blue of that sets the paeonia off beautifully and it will go on for a while then cut right back will come again hiding the Paeonia.
Hope this helps


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:23

Teesside, Sunshine at the moment although quite a lot of cloud around, still warm though.



Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:18

Lizzy, Mahonia like moist soil in sun or partial shade if it is one with large leaves.
They should flower in late winter early spring and then have berries blue-black.
prune them after fruiting back hard in April though this is not always done.
It sounds to me as if it is in the wrong place, we all do that, I have plants that have been all over the garden before they found a place they liked.
It can be moved by taking as large a root ball as you can manage, have the hole ready and if it is a large leaf then partial shade, that would mean early or late sun but not full south facing, drop it in the hole with the soil at the level it was at before, mulch round it without being too close to the stem and water in, keep moist for a week or so.


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