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Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:41

Currently I have a blue amd a nice white with several spikes....

If cut down early when first flowers are beginning to fade, and the same done to second flush a third often occurs in September.  If our summer carries on like this I will be expecting just that.  


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:37

Did Bekkie offer me cake?    I think she's got to be my favourite here that a choccie cake?  Maybe some cream?  

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:49

helenium double trouble, lobelia hadspen purple, canna durban...its over 8, high at mo....miscanthus gold Bar, miscanthus variegatus,and just the touch of actea brunette soon to flower.

intended to wait until aconitum stainless steel flowered...just behind helenium


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:19

Bekkie, spot on.  The guy who started is a joy too 

Can Cordylines be split?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:17

Yep, splitting probably threw a confusion Imto the mix there.  Grow cordylines and Phormiums .  


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:15

Lovely stuff Marion.    Delightful, as always 

Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:09

Kathy dicentras so tend to die down either totally or partially in the summer.  Cutting back would not have made a great difference.  Just mark where your dicentras are though 


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:06

Yes,,think,that's right ....sea is warm right now


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 18:13

Well, almost scorching.  Certainy hot.  

Been transporting my mum to outpatients .......why oh why must I say so many jokes? The more people around the more I joke. (mind ??ou got a free second Eccles cake from the charity ...WVS?....tea and coffee shop there.  Just said it was the best Eccles cake and she brought another one over........

Tried to attend the minor injuries dept but waiting time was 3 hours ....what????

Well. Spike is demanding a walk...........


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 17:54

Ceanothus do not like being pruned yet they need to be in most gardens to keep them compact. They can suddenly give,up the ghost and die for no apparent reason.  Yep, they are usually a short to very short lived plant.  

Take too much off a ceanothus and it is likely to suffer die back. Better to prune annually removing flower stems on young wood.  

There is likely to be a difference of opinion re ceanothus .......I guess personal experience and successes/failures determine what advice is given.

Down here ceanothus grow well and big if they are allowed to.  But even these suddenly disappear after a few years.  

My feeling is they prefer slightly acidic soil, good drainage, sun and shelter from the coldest winds and frosts.  For me they are a temporary planting preferring varieties with smaller leaves like Concha.  Grown for 4 or 5 years and then discarded at first signs of die back

Agree cuttings are easy......taken from the host ASAP they will be nice size shrubs by the time the host is past it's best.

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