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Pruning a large established camillia

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 15:27

Hiya chris and welcome

Depends on how much smaller you want this to be

If mine I would take shears to it to just a little more  than the size you want it to be then use secateurs to cut back to buds or shoots if possible.  This tidies it all but also helps in regaining bushy shape.

I would have done this after flowering this spring past but now is ok.  You will lose flowers next spring though.  In future years  you can simply use secateurs to remove flowered stems. 



Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:37

Hello Orchid

Well. It seems that way doesn't it?  No rain for some time and when it's forecast it pours elsewhere.  Could use some decent rainfall though.  However, it's hot and lovely so better finish my varnishing.  

yes Orchid, I have arranged you to have lots of, lots of sunshine for Saturday and beyond.  In return a couple of cakes would be are my fav after all 


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:30

So I can borrow convertible again, then? 


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:24

ah, going to disagree with the Dove....guess I wont get access to her convertible now 

I prune immediately after flowering....actually just before as flowers fade.  I remove all flowered wood and then go further into green wood.  It keeps plant compact and more floriferous for next year.

When I get a new broom I try to buy small and prune back reasonably hard. Then out of flower it still looks a good evergreen mound  

in your case biofreak, remove those seed heads asap and just into green wood but not as hard as I would have done since your bushes were not pruned last year.  Do not enter into old wood....your broom will prob die if you do

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:15

someone asked about linum perenne few days ago so thought I would post a picture of some of mine.  spur of the mo thing so not up to standard of camera corner 

I find linum  long flowering, open most of the day delightful plant ...easy to look after with min watering and hardy for a couple of years.  easy from seed though



Posted: 18/06/2014 at 07:35


Thoughts with you chicky.  Always sad when youngsters experience these things.  Before my nephew lost his mum whilst at primary school his neighbour died leaving young girl his age and his close  friend's father was killed on a bicycle. We want to,protect kids from these realisations dont we?

Enjoy your days folks......another scorcher 


Poorly buddlea buzz

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 23:45

Jigsaw jill

Feerilisers like fish blood and bone a d chicken pellets will not do much for your buddleia right now.  Too slow.  Use it in early spring and again in early summer.......that might sound odd but those fertilisers take about 8 to 10 weeks to feed plants.

So, ESP in pots, use phostrogen or tomato food for immediate effect.

Perennial evergreen Grass

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 23:37


Not a grass, not evergreen but have you considered eucomis sparkling burgundy?  Wide maroon red leaves making a strong impact 

Kate, agree with you, hakonechloa  is a magnificent grass.  Have several clumps in garden and containers


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:43

MrsGarden, you can often get an Idea of the colour of astilbes from their leaves. Meant to post a pic of linum perenne this morning......but forgot .......because somene asked about their flowering a few days ago.  Funny that, my memory is usually pretty, er....where was I ?  

Yes, Rebecca I'm in sunny Cornwall.  Not far from the coast.

Misbehaving stipa

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:11

I'm guessing its arundinacea  Berkeley.  usually any dryness is not an issue but if newly planted it could be the reason for it collapsing.  

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