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Hebe and Euonymus - Back to front?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 15:36


yes, euonymous easily pruned ...any shape or kept "random" .   As hard as you like but yours are all fairly slow growing anyway.  Be aware of any green shoots.....Blondy esp is prone to this but simply trace back the rogue shoot and pull it off....simples! 

The grass?  In a raised bed or separate container but I think they look better on their own.  

Re the pyramid shape I meant to keep hebe taller and upright as opposed to the low domes of euonymous.  Otherwise they will all "meld" without any clear definition.

What will be esp nice will be when the hebe flowers to set off the foliage 

Hebe and Euonymus - Back to front?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 14:23

no the vigour of all those is about the same Sheps.

If mine though I would prune the hebes slightly differently.....viz., I would prune for height (pyramid like) rather than width and the euonymous as low domes.  A difference in shape would add some extra variety I think.  

nicely thought out.  Subtle comtainers;I like them  

would the odd blue grass, maybe in a container, like  fescue, elymus magellanicus or helictotrichon add something there? 

Pale flowers

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 14:08

Dave, if you hanker after a blue flowering compact shrub check out ceratostigma.  Wilmottianum is excellent but Groffithii is darker and more evergreen.  Flowers last longer than ceanothus or caryopteris plus have red autumn foliage

pale flowers on caryopteris will be because of over watering, the variety (there are lots of varieties) or growing in too shady a spot 

Wot did I get?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 14:03

No. Both wrong  

Hey PD. Can you successfully grow colocasia?  Had C.Black Magic, got it through the winter and it just died on me.  I kept it moist, warm and thought I did all I needed to......??? 

How do I keep a Hydrangea white

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 13:59

pruning correctly is important with PG's and Annabelle.  Prune to the base and the flowers will flop.  Prune mid way to produce sturdy wood to support the flowers 

Espalier apple and pear trees

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 13:56

 Clintmarshall, hello. 

first, after planting, you need to fasten galvanised horizontal wires stretched tightly against your fence.  Ideally. keep wires a few centimetres off the fence, say 10 cm or more using blocks..??   This is to allow good air flow and room for fruit to grow.   Wires will be spaced horizontally for every half metre or so, each wire to accommodate the next year's tier per year. My espalier has 4 wires.  You can always add wires later but at least 3 should be attached now.

Take the 2 strongest lowest on each side....and tie them to canes tied to the wire at an angle of 45 degrees.  The leading top branch is to be kept tied to vertical cane and remove every shoot apart from the leading one.  Gradually during the summer lower the side branches to ultimately horizontal ....then you tie these to the wire. 

Next year your leading vertical stem will produce shoots and you select 2 strong ones to grow at 45 degrees to continue the process.  Again retain the top vertical shoot/stem to continue the process

many buy big trees with branches in (sort of) place and simply tie in all at the same time but I don't think this looks good.  Branches are twisted and forced into place, etc.

mine were started as maidens and I made a tier every year

too late now to bend branches down now but you can tie them at 45 degrees.  As summer and growth progresses next year begin the gentle lowering of the side branches.

don't be afraid of seemingly destroying your plants by pruning....apples and pears respond well.  Treatment...pruning, shaping, spurring is identical for apples and pears.

a  word of caution...your apple tree?  Is it a spur bearer or a tip bearer?  Do you know the variety?  Another caution...pears need a companion plant, a pollinator, to produce fruit 

n.b. Eapaliers are summer pruned....mid to late August ...but that is a couple of years away yet 

good luck 

Wot did I get?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 13:27

following a trunk call last week I got a jumbo in the post. 

Wot did I get?

My flowers ..

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 12:25

Hello Joyce.....prob about 6 or 7 of those dwarf berb but distributed throughout the garden.  I grow a couple of Helmond Pillar and Gold Ring but other purples too but care is needed...too many and you lose the impact

hope the contrast here comes across as it does in the garden

Diseased Tomatoes?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 12:20

Good ventilation ....removing leaves helps air circulate around the fruit.  Currently I have very few leaves on my plants but plenty of healthy ripening fruit.  Re damping down, I do this now and then during the hottest part of the day but never later than late afternoon 

Gardening on the cheap

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 12:11

Watch out for the wind then Lou 

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