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Can u please help me identify these

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 18:49

oh, thankyou Berghill and Dovefromabove - such quick responses, & valued, thankyou ???? 

Can u please help me identify these

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 18:32

I picked some wid flowers from a disused railway bank in a country walk in this afternoo oon. Can anybody please help me give a name to them" 


Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:29

well, I've been & gone & done it....15 lavender bushes,  all pruned back hard today. Thankyou for all responses...


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 21:02

Davids10 - mmmn, thinking of trying what you say, makes sense......thankyou, Tads ????


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:51

Thankyou Davids10 - ????


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 18:32

what will happens if I cut these "oldish"  lavender back into the wood?  (I did hard orune 3/4 years ago (& int the wood)  with an Autumn prune - got accolades from neighbours, the following summer, asking me what I had done to them, to get that display? ???? (some growers say they don't have a problem when they cut into the wood?)  now my plants ARE 7 years old, I do realise that). Is it possible, if I orune hard now,  I will only lose the flowers for this year?  then, will I be able to to prune them ligthtly this Autumn - will this work?  Will they recoup, & then flower next year, or not? 


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 04:14

Guildford Gardener:  

1) i have a row of lavender bushes, probably 8, leading to the front door, & I didn't prune them in the Autumn, I left them until the Spring this year. Is now the right time for me to prune them, or must I wait till it gets a bit warmer? & can I prune them back hard?  They are probably 7 years old now.  Does the soil require feeding/composting? 

2) hydrangea pruning: I did no hydrangea pruning in the Autumn, is it time to prune these now & how far should I cut them back to ? 

All advice would be welcome. Thankyou.




Posted: 24/08/2014 at 15:39

My daughter has just pruned her very big rhododendron bush, in her garden in Guildford. A real family favourite!   Its a fabulous plant, has lived in its massive 1 metre square clay pot quite happily for probably 4 years; topped up with fresh rhodie soil twice a year, & fed regularly;  it's been tended & looked after & "thrives" & flowers profusely, (gloriously, every year) & its kept well watered all year round (so gets huge fat buds in between seasons)  - but as it's probably all of 5 ft across now, (has never been pruned) this year she felt it should be pruned.  Whilst I realise the "horse has bolted" - any comments/advice on tending this beloved shrub, would be dearly appreciated. (Am told it is looking even healthier since it was pruned this week!)  I visit for a week every month or so & they enjoy my involvement with helping them with the gardening there...hence my interest - thankyou  question:  when IS the best time of year to prune a rhododendron?  






Posted: 15/07/2014 at 14:38

mmmn, thanx, think u r right... 



Posted: 14/07/2014 at 15:53

Ceanothus bush, & a close up, & a handful of brown "crispy" leaves I have just taken off one of the branches...???? 

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