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acer pruning

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 19:19

Are we talking about the same plant when I refer to Acer negundo Flamingo?  Thinking now I believe it is different but same treatment.  I'll check it out.

This is a shrub that grows 7' high and 10' across every year from being hard pruned to the base.  It is an absolute beauty.  A real eye catcher here....pink, white, cream amd pale green leaves.  In addition I pinch out the leading shoots 2 or 3 tiimes during the growing season to make it more dense and to encourage the brilliant pink new shoots.

As for "bleeding" well, no.  None at all.  I prune in the autumn here but spring is prob best in colder areas.   To its sunniest side I grow salvia cacalifolia.  Bright blue dumpy flowers look great next to it.  

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Posted: 18/01/2014 at 19:09

Red, 

Check out  Paddock plants before you order sarcoccoca, etc.  Their price is reasonable for 2litre pots and they supply other plants you might like.....e.g. Eryngium jade frost which is a beauty.

I have used them a few times and always have been satisfied.  

Oh, agastache sangria is available there too at £3 each.  This is a true beauty 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 14:22

Thanks lily 

Photinia Red Robin pruning?

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 14:21

Hiya janie

Just wait a while.  It might recover.  No dont feed it right now.

I would wait Until the spring and see if it shoots.  If it does remove dead stuff and feed it then.  if not then remove it.  I,would not replant with another photinia there.

Photinias do get diseases ....like anything can.....and I lost one to a form of phytophthora.  Rather than plant another shrub there I have a dahlia (bishop of llandaff) growing instead.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 14:13

Think they had one at lands end lily 

That smallish yellow thing?  Its trying here too now 

 My dog is driving me mad.......mad I tell you.....cos he wants to go for his walk.  (A friend has just  lost his pet cat.  Fine yesterday but had a stroke this morning and died.  I would miss my dog hugely if this happened to him so I don't really mind him pressing me for his walk)

Sowed more seeds of hordeum jubatum today.  Just love this grass 

 

My Garden

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 14:04

I mulch thickly with load of compost too most years and, yes, plants,just grow through it.

Joyce, re your water lily, they do like being a bit deeper.  Is it a miniature or full size?  If the latter I would lower it.  Also it may need repotting.  Best done a little later I think.

good advice from Ryan but I wouldn't let too much soil gather around your lavendar so best cleared away I think

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 13:10

RIP 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 13:08

Planted a few polyanthus today. Got a bargain pack .....prices were advertised incorrectly so got them all for less than half price.  I said I would go around again so the garden centre hurriedly changed prices. 

(what is it with polyanthus etc.?  Every year we all seem to buy more and our gardens should be overrun with them.  Pests, diseases and prob not really perennial anymore I guess) 

Still a few more rooted cuttings to pot up....penstemons, aeoniums and busy lizzies.

Missed the rain that swept across Cornwall this morning but got clobbered with it in the early hardly hours.  

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 08:47

Goooooooood morning FORKERS.  

Raining here......again    Surprise, surprise!

Would love to drive that digger Clari.  Prob show off my "look no hands" style 

 

 

What 2 plants would you put together in the herbaceous/perennial border?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 21:01

Me too Higgy.  Not long now 

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