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Pruning

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 19:35

I have this to do for a friend soon....after flowerimg

I will go under the canopy and remove one or two lower branches to create a skirt. Then spur prune some branches, remove alternate ones and shorten some again to downward pointing shoots to emphasise the skirt and umbrella shape.  Right now it's fast looking like any other garden shrub instead of a "floating"  cascading one.  

Allwoods

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 19:20

Received the latest Allwoods catalogue.  

Not doubting them as a company....their standing is recognised....but I am tempted by many of their dianthus    My difficulty is in selection.  Anybody growing some,of their heritage varieties?    What have been the best for you?  

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 19:16

Fairy, I guess there is a limit to how long a plant can flower for.....my gazanias for example have been constantly flowering since before June.  For,this reason I will replace in spring.  However it has meant a winter of summer colour from these plants ......odd tho that I have some snowdrops flowering almost alongside.  Summer flowerers with winter blooms 

Perennials will have their dormancy though I think.  It's not just cold weather but light too.....daylight length .......that affects dormancy.  I won't worry about perennials not doing their bit in spring or summer because they will.

I also have tender  yellow African hybrid osteospermums in flower.....again not been out of flower since last summer    They will be thrown out in spring but will have done their job well by then 

 

I need new secateurs

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:58

Always losing or,breaking secateurs so the cheap ones are a reluctant choice.

However, a decent left handed pair of felcworks tempting 

Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:56

Agree about the birds hostafan. 

When I've used pellets....very, very sparingly.....they have been placed under raised slate or stone hoping birds won't go for affected slugs

Never  totally convinced by pellets.....seen gardens coloured blue by them and still destroyed by sligs n snails 

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:13

Still have gazanias, bidens and pelargoniums flowering.  They haven't stopped 

Talkback: What to prune in winter

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:12

Yes Rose, you can cut it back as hard as you like.  In future years look to pruning shoots that come away from the wall and to shorten shoots to keep it relatively compact.  

Need tall plants for patio

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 16:06

Hello greyfingers, how about a camellia in a pot?  You can buy them now already about 3' high soon a pot would immediately be 5'

For,themsummer a couple of verbena bonariensis and miscanthus grasses will quickly grow to 5' by mid summer.  Calamagrostis Overdam and Karl Foerster start to grow earlier and will reach 5' by early summer.  Buddleia Davidii too will make a screen by mid summer.

In between I would plant permanent shrubs like holly, viburnum, mahonia, berberis Darwinii, 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:56

KEF, I have tried singing tip toe through the tulips when I am in my funniest mood but it's a hard pitch to reach.  however, I agree it's a real classic number that brings tears to my eyes when I sing it.    Ha ha "

Happy birthday GG.....have lovely day tomorrow.    Do I now get some cake cos you are my favourite person here 

Love to be there Fairygirl in that greenhouse ,   And another fantastic joke 

Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 15:50

In reality I think all hostas  are equally susceptible to slug damage. If slugs are there they will attack.

There are a couple of hosta experts here but I do grow pretty good hostas that remain largely undamaged through the season.  I simply would not grow hostas if they were damaged.  My way is to handpick at night.  However, I tend to understand the Valentines day pellet application as I too use pellets sparingly in early spring.....late winter.  In pots copper tape is very effective.  

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