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Talkback: What to prune in winter

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:46

Best not to prune choisya yet.  Wait for a few weeks.  They respond to hard cutting back.

However, Susie, check under your bush.  Choisyas often layer themselves so look for this.  Every choisya I have grown has been propagated by self-layered pieces.  Simply   remove with knife or secateurs and pot up.  A new plant will grow very quickly.  Sometimes quite a large piece can be found.  

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:40

Hello forkers

Decided not to mention the awful weather again cos there's no point.  Can't change it. Can't stop rain falling, the roads floodimg, the potholes appearing overnight, the dramatic  changes in the coastline, the subsidence and holes suddenly appearing everywhere or the huge damage caused by freakishly strong winds. Or the mud, stones, occasional sewerage and other debris emtering,properties of all kinds.  Can't change the storms coming over the weekend further ruining people's businesses, homes and possessions. Cant change the utter desperation many are,going through or the sheer terror felt by some.

Thank goodness there's a caring creator up there 

No, won't mention the b......weather 

 

Acer

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 10:48

hiya bamboogie

yes I know.  however, I now find by pruning...not large stuff....when shoots are just beginning I can cut without any fear of dieback, etc.  When pruned earlier I found I did suffer die back and had to reprune to those new buds again.  If I had large cuts to make it would be a different matter I think but my pruning is simply to encourage a denseness but it still maintains its natural shape and habit.  works for me.  I will do it again this year prob early next month.  I do the same with japanese willow, removing all the dead tips and branches.  again I have a full colourful and healthy plant throughout the growing season.

I tend towards experimenting very often with pruning and gardening in general but with a fair bit of logic thrown in too  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 08:42

Morning everyone

Not nice today.  Very wet but not much wind.  Before all this wind it was all about the damage all,the rain was causing.  Now its the wind and rain together......  Big storm coming too and everyone is concerned about it.  Again, we all need to keep safe and not take any risks.  

A mild winter again so plants should be fine normally but I think any losses will be down to rotting in the ground.  Not too much will enjoy sitting in wet ground over winter  

Dove, I've heard of olbas oil.  You can use it instead of cooking oil can't you?  Will fry bacon n egg with it later.    We learn so much here don't we? 

 

 

 

Acer

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 22:17

I prune Acer dissectum every spring.  Remove all die back annually and prune all branches back.  Done just as buds are bursting

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:50

Enjoy your chocolate Archie.   Yep, keep warm 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:13

Sorry chicky...missed your post

Got it too.......spelling has it. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:08

Can I help with the Ark Punkdoc?  

I take my,old mum for regular pain injections and her doctor is a laugh.  He always strikes me as being a bit "odd" but everyone likes him. Refreshingly puts his patients at ease though 

Plant Indentification

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:00

Can't tell until it leafs up.  A photo then will confirm. 

I would do it as Busy suggests.  If its a spirea .....like Anthony waterer, for example.....I would cut it hard back to the ground after flowering.  It will quickly send up fresh growth for summer and flower again.  If its a potentilla I would tidy it up in late summer. Whatever the plant is it will look better and be far more compact.  

Large bird of prey

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 18:35

Hiya Jim

No, sometimes they fly from Paradise Park...world famous for parrots, eagles, etc etc....and simply perch on high trees, pylons, etc.  they are huge.  Not common, just happens on odd occasions. Paradise Park is about 1mile away as the crow....eagle...flies 

Me too Jim....wish I knew more about birds but wildlife too.  I live where there are many rare wild plants yet know nothing of them.  That's sad and I need to rectify that.  

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