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Cutting back Philadelphus

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 08:16

Morning chicken chaser

Yes choisya...Mexican orange similar except it flowers for longer, in spring  and early summer, but  can flower at,other times too (I have  one flowering right now).   Choisya is an altogether more attractive shrub...aromatic evergreen leaves.....that is easily pruned to shape 

Cutting back Philadelphus

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 23:47

Hiya chicken chaser

Mock orange is a tatty looking plant generally.  It's that scent   So well worth growimg.

Ideally wait until June when flowers are going over.  Then remove all flowered stems.  Then look at,the older wood. It's easily identified.  Trace some of it right back to source...ideally back to the base and cut out.  Don't be tempted to just hack back....??ou will merely get lots of growth and very few flowers.  Over a couple of years ??ou wIll achieve a more compact , fully floweriNg plant. 

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 22:13

Lyn, second year plus heleniums benefit from a "Chelsea chop".  I also stake mine early.  However, I do half amd half.    tall well staked heleniums are quite a sight  and will be earlier?  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 22:07

It seems my mum  needs a nursing home not residential.  She is getting aggressive apparently.  Will have a meeting on Thursday .  All qute shocking to know she is like that 

A lot,of problems here today, aren't there !  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 16:02

Stunning busy 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:59

Yviestevie, yes they will overwinter in GH .  Delay for a while yet though and keep dry.  Hardier than dahlias if dry. Earlier ??ou start them off next spring the better.  Cannas here have been flowering for several weeks and nothing better to create an exotic look and feel to a garden ...ESP if blessed too with purple or variegated foliage 


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:43

Hey, good to see you again Matty   On iPad you can enlarge print by separating fingers 

Pretty hot here again.  Divided a few more echinaceas....will have stacks next year now....and agastaches (think I have worked out the idiosynchracies/paradox of these, viz., that although they like excellent drainage and sun they still require a lot of water a day or so a week.  This seems to apply too when they are divided ) 

Suddenly the garden is full of potted plants to grow on  and newly planted wallflowers in their nursery bed.  Salvia Amistad is looking at its best right now...the "autumn" colour seems to agree with it.  Got one or two performing around the garden.  Didn't rate Amistad overmuch during summer but wow !  Womderful now

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:41

Have to agree with Lyn.  Grow  them as big as possible by potting on a few times and delay flowering by regular pinching out  ( late June is fine for me) 

However, they are annuals programmed to go over before autumn perennials and it is autumn.  Not here in west Cornwall, of course   You need to deadhead but cosmos will decidedly look tired now.

(no collapsing heleniums, dahlias, or salvias (infuriating) plug for preferring perennials )

Should I risk it or not?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:51


dont grow chrysanthemums ...well, for a few years now.  However, if you are sure ??ou have white rust the last thing you should do is take them into the greenhouse.  In fact I would destroy the plants 

I will bump up your thread hoping others who do grow,chrysanthemums will respond 


still dithering

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:42

Lyn has just reminded me to say that geranium Elke has been performing all summer without any cut back.  unique colouring but a real workhorse too.  Worth checking out folks  

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