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Posted: 10/10/2014 at 00:06

Seemlngly over drastic but I cut all my pelargoniums in the conservatory very hard back today.  Hardly a leaf to be seen and all dead and dying debris removed.  Then a good watering.  It's what I do every year at this time.  They will all quickly regrow in a short time.  I will do a similar thing in spring .  It means pots can be closer together and create space for other plants to be brought indoors for,the winter......cuttings and young potted plants.  


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:52

Always exceptions but generally kolkwItzia best pruned every year ......same way as deutzia.....amd as I described before.  I can best describe the advantage of pruning these shrubs correctly by comparing mine with a neighbour's.   Mine fllowers loud and proud above the foliage in early summer.  My neighbour,,who hacks willy nilly, has flowers(some) hidden amongst the foliage.  To retain compactness too a good  pruning  regime is important 

Mike doran, almost forgot your question.  Trim those roots back and check that the snrub is not rootbound.  I would loosen the root system and cut back top growth by half and some to,the base.  plenty of good stuff in the  planting hole and water well.  For next year leave well alone and, hopefully, prune correctly the following year after flowering

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:40

Mind you, we do have a tendency to build up.people and their reputations only to then  try to destroy them.  We,do it with our sportsmen, statesmen and tv celebrities.  What then do we do?  We rally around them when we perceive they are being attacked 

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 20:29

The theme of this thread seems to  have shifted a little.

However, the forum is great.  The people are great.  The kindness on the forum is clear to see .  Differences in opinion, advice and experience only adds to the wonderful mix ........ain't I a crawler ?  


Is it too late to cut back lavender?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 19:03

Yes too late..  Your lavendar will flower just once each year 


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 16:26

Unless someone knows differently I think its just the end of season.  

Glorous gardens from above

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 16:24

Christine Walkden is a joy to watch on tv and she knows her stuff.   Will,look forward to her programme 

Advice for getting rid of plant

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 16:20

It looks like  montbretia to me too. Dig it up in 3 or 4 clumps, inspect the soil surface for fallen corms and pick them up and bag them.  Then thoroughly dig over the soil removing the remainder of the corms.....each corm is likely to grow.  When I have done this I dig soil over several times as I know I will find more corms lurking.  Even then you will find a montbretia shoot next summer. just pull it out.  

Not really a garden plant........down here montbretia grows wild everywhere

End of the season thoughts

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 13:05

I've been very, very busy this morning.  Thought of cutting the grass, cutting back perennials and weeding.  Having a nice lunch now but still working hard thinking of all those tasks 


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 13:02

Just make sure it's not where it can catch early morning's the rapid thawing of buds that's the main issue.  

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