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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...???? 


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 15:51



Posted: 14/07/2014 at 15:49

My ceanothus flowered beautifully (as usual) in May this year, its 3rd year. It is in a pot.    I notice now tho that leaves are falling off, they are  "crispy"  & brown - is this normal? I don't remember this on previous years. Can someone please help? 

see next pics coming....



Posted: 14/07/2014 at 15:43

thankyou Dave.  One thing, on the ceanothus, lots of the leaves have turned crispy & brown & fallen off. It's only July, so am not sure this should be happening ? That's why I posted a closeup photo as well.....any ideas ? 

Pruning Rhododendron

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 14:15

Wonderful rhododendron, about 5 years old, flowers profusely, lives in Guildford in sheltered small garden in a pot, but getting rather large & needs pruning.  I know nothing about pruning Rhodies, when or how much to prune them & where to cut!  Can anybody please advise me/give me any tips? That would be kind, thankyou  




Pruning Rhododendron

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 14:12


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