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Pruning Hydrangea Limelight

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 16:19

Yvie.    Simples 

cut to the ground, part way or leave it will flower regardless this summer.  I cut to 30 cm or so from the base...this provides large flowers on stocky wood.

left alone it will grow tall but bramches will tend to droop 

Which Hydrangea?

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 15:12

I like the paniculatas Victoria   I grow Limelight and Kyushu, two very different sorts.  Limelight has huge white flowers turning slightly pale green in late summer.  A stunner.  Kyushu is smaller, more subtle, more open flowers and white.

Pruning makes a difference to the "tidyness" of PG's......pruning to a couple of feet from the ground produces good results but you can prune to the ground or leave alone  to produce very large shrubs 


Posted: 13/03/2016 at 15:05

Bloomin heck! Well, I aint buying another pressie 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 15:04

Bloomin' hot right now.   At least in fhe garden.  It's a beautiful day. 

Planted out onions and lettuce.  Veg plot is in good heart for sowing carrots etc., but prob will leave that for another week or so.  Grass cut again.  removed polytunnel protecting plants and all looks good...few slugs and snails under some pots.  Clipped shaped evergreens.  Topped rhubarb with fish blood and bone and dried manure ...ditto with hostas,,fuschias and cannas in pots and hellebores and orhers in the ground.  Usually consider replacing pelargoniums outside in pots but they all look fine, healthy and flowering so no reason to. 

Hydrangea Soil PH?

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 14:54

The white ones I have planted always stay white.  some shade from hot sun will help that.  

Moving rhododendron

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 08:27


I disagree

I,would do it now, asap.  Being so big you will need to prune your rhododendron quite hard.  Forgoing the flowers for this year and moving now gives your plant more time to  establish before the (hot) summer.  

Those buds will prob not open for another 3 or 4 weeks ...too late to move then 

Prepare your new bed and planting hole, trim any over long and damaged roots and water really well.  Leave mound of soil around to create a moat and repeat watering for a week or two.  Prune back the top.  

What is your weather like?

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 08:21


Roses in Mixed borders?

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 19:16

Tee hee hee 

Gardners world

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 17:03

Yet to see GW so far but Monty was excellent again in Dream Gardens.

perhaps GW format needs updating...???

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 16:58

Plenty of gardening and buying plants and compost.....but nothing in my garden 

really warm and sun.  Expecting another mild night too.    Feels very much like spring now 

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