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Removing berberis and escallonia

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 08:40

Morning Kai

a pair of remove top and side branches.  keep some main stem for leverage.  A saw too may be needed. Power tools?  No 

a sturdy spade and fork to dig around the roots. Use loppers and scateurs to cut roots as you see them esp the stabilising bigger ones.  A crowbar is useful if you have one to help with leverage if shrubs are big.

the biggest shrubs yield with digging around, roots cut and pushing and pulling them.  Usually neither berberis nor escallonia are esp difficult to dig out

Good luck Kai 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 00:09



Posted: 23/09/2016 at 00:07

Buy seed and you get varieties that seed everywhere.  Sterile named varieties....yes the bees swarm all over them.....will flower far longer and  make better plants.

yes I buy plants but take cuttings every year.  Black Adder, Blue Boa, Sangria. Summer Sky, Kolibri to name just a few 

Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 00:03

Avoid those dried up corms...get divisions 


Posted: 23/09/2016 at 00:01


yes oldest wood back to the base....this will also remove several stems, stems that might have flowered too but it will restore regular flowering

look at the wood that did flower ...I know not much...and cut that back to shoots made this summer.  

Hard pruning will create lots of wood that will not flower.  Philadelphus, apart from the coloured foliage varieties, are ungainly and unattractive bushes when not in flower so more non flowering stems are not welcome   Judicious pruning and patience in removing some old wood every year is required

Pruning of camellia

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 23:53

Makes sense jennifer.  

don't prune to a flat top...that's just taking the shears to it.  As I said, prune every stem but follow a reasonable shape 

Acid soil

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 21:19

Online is best aym 

Acid soil

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 21:12

Same but more convenient to use 


Posted: 22/09/2016 at 20:58

Look out for named varieties too GD   Your climate is mild enough as it is here for them to survive winter.   They have different foliage smells...liquorice, mint, lemon and more.  Flowers inc blue, tangerine, yellow, pink and orange......more tempted? 

Acid soil

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 20:16

Hope your family member is ok Kitty 

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