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Valerie J

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Winter flowering violas

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 14:01

When I bought them they were labelled winter flowering violas and they have smaller flowers than I one usually sees on pansies, so I mean violas. 

help please

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 12:31

Do you mean you have left spaces in the brickwork in which you can put plants, rather like people insert plants in the side of a hanging basket?   I don't know what kind of soil you have inside the brick container but my immediate thought was alpines as alpines happily grow in dry stone walling and between rocks.  It also depends on drainage and whether your container gets a lot of sun, partial sun, no sun at all. 

Pruning Prunus avium Stella Gisela 5

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 12:26

I recently bought a beautiful dwarf cherry tree, Prunus avium Stella, Gisela 5.  It seems happy in its large pot and has several embryo cherries starting to swell.  I know little about these trees, particularly dwarf (Gisela 5) and have tried to understand all the conflicting information given on the internet, including YouTube.   I understand they have a central leader and that the idea is to have branches growing at a good angle and not overlapping each other but growing more in a spiral with about 10 inches in between branches up the trunk.  BUT, nowhere can I find any information about pruning back the tips, or ends, of those branches.  To cut or not to cut?   I want to encourage the growth of fruit each year and am afraid of doing the wrong thing.   Do I leave?   Do I just cut back the tips?  Or do I cut back harder?   I also understand the right time to prune this cherry tree is after harvesting the cherries in late summer, to avoid disease.   

Winter flowering violas

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 12:19

I planted a small border of winter flowering violas last autumn and although the plants were small they flowered all winter, even through heavy snow.  Once the weather started to warm, the plants filled out and now I have a dense border of colour and they are still going strong.   You can see them on my own website called Gardeners Word.  The violas have such a lovely perfume when they are grown together like this.  But I wonder if it is a fluke that they have done so well.   They get a fair amount of sun (when there is sun!) and shade throughout the morning.


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Pruning Prunus avium Stella Gisela 5

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