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Lupin - to move or not to move

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 20:23

Thanks Dave.  I'll wait till the foliage has started to die down and then move it.  As you say, what have I got to lose .

Lupin - to move or not to move

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 19:35

I have a lupin, about two or three years old, flowered well this year but has now finished.  It's really not quite in the right place and could do with being moved further back in the border.  I'm wondering whether it's worth it, or should I just start again with a new one next year.  All advice welcome, thank you.

Philadelphus pruning

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 20:12

Just wondering about the same thing with mine.  It's very sparse, had virtually no flowers and I'm thinking of chopping it back to about half of the height. I'll go with Peter and Chloe and go for it!  For the chop tomorrow! 

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 19:34

I've been reading this thread with interest.  I took Verdun's advice last August and, with finger firmly crossed, went a bit mad on mine last year.  I cut off all the spindly twiggy bits, leaving it a bit naked in the middle I must admit, and also cut back into old thick wood.  Can't make it any worse looking than it already is I thought .

This year it's looking much better. The old wood has sprouted nice new shoots (no flowers, but I'm not complaining) so I think after it's finishing flowering this year, I'll bite the bullet and chop another few thick branches down and hopefully they'll also sprout new shoots further down and the new shoots this year might flower next year .   Thanks Verdun .

Spindly Philadelphus

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 19:19

Thanks very much Ladybird and Chloe.  Had a good examination of it today and the only flowers (can count them on one hand, lol) are at the very top.  I think if I could get it out, I would ditch it, but don't think that's an option as everything round about it would be disturbed.  Think I'll follow your advice Chloe and will chop most it down, leaving just one main branch.  Fingers crossed, it might look a bit better by next year.

Spindly Philadelphus

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 19:48

I have a philadelphus about three or four years old which has quite tall strong thick branches with only a handful of flowers at the top and not much in the way of greenery at the bottom.  I'm wondering if this would be a good time to give it a good chop down (though there won't be much left in the way of greenery!) in the hope that it might thicken up by next year.  Any advice would be appreciated.

Green thumb are they worth it

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 19:29

We had a really awful "lawn" - horrible very heavy clay soil, grass full of moss, full of weeds, and dying off in bits.  We signed up to Greenthumb for a year to see how it would go.  They come several times a year to moss-kill, weed-kill, feed, etc and they also come once a year to hollow-tine and once to scarify.  We're getting on a bit now and we feel that having people to do the hard work is well worth it.  I have to say that after 18 months of Greenthumb treatment, our grass is looking 100% better.  Considering the price of the various chemicals and the hard work involved trying to do it ourselves, I feel it's worth the money.  The price depends on the programme you sign up to and the size of  your lawn, but you can also just have them on a one-off treatment. 

Pruning laurel bush

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 15:47

Thanks for your replies folks.  I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's actually quite a nice shape - we've kept it pruned iourselves each year to keep it tidy.  Quite apart from the fact that it would be almost impossible to get it out, we quite like it - it's a good screen from the neighbours.  But it's quite tall now and we're getting a bit long in the tooth to be climbing up a ladder to do the top .   As Verdun says, it seems to be very happy where it is and the birds do like it too!   Perhaps we'll leave it till the Spring and get it a good haircut then, lol.

Pruning laurel bush

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 19:48

We had a couple of big conifers removed recently and the man who we employed to do it offered to come back around now to prune down a very large laurel bush.  It certainly needs cut back drastically, but I'm wondering whether it's a bit late in the year to do it now.  (North of Scotland where the winter is predicted to be a harsh one ).  Should I tell him I'll leave it until the Spring?


Posted: 04/11/2016 at 19:39

Yes Jane, sounds a bit odd.  I'm in the Scottish Highlands, about 800ft up, and I've never protected my one and only hydrangea.  The stems have never died back - It took a few years to flower, but this year it has been lovely.  I'm going to leave the flower heads on over the winter as its only protection (it can get pretty nippy up here !!) and hopefully it'll be OK for next year.

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