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Posted: 27/05/2015 at 22:31

thank you pansyface ????


Posted: 27/05/2015 at 21:24

the bluebells in my raised bed, & under the trees down here in Folkestone, have died now  & need trimming or removing.  Can you please advise best procedure now?  The NEW gardening team that come in every two weeks to mow the lawns here in this communal garden, started digging up my bluebells in the raised bed I look after. having planted new crocosmia in the bed last month, I don't want the soil disturbed, so I stopped them digging up the bluebells........because they have been the only colour since the daffs died down, & I want them to come up again next year.

Can I de head them, & wait for them to died back, just like my daffs ?    Be grateful to know what to do now? Heard mention of invaders "Spanish bluebells"  on Springwarch tonight !   Should I have let the gardeners dig up my bluebells then ?  ?  "Confused"  ???? - thanks, Tads ????

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?  





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