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My Photinia had turned green

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:59

Just wait for the spring Sizeyuk1.  Those red leaves will come 

Acer

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:58

Woody has taken the words out of my mouth .....I want them back 

I grow just 2 jap acers and only one really well.  Too near the coast.  However just a few miles inland there are some fabulous acers growing.  I love them.  bamboogie., I am very envious you can grow so many.  What would I give to be able to grow Acer Aureum varieties?  

My advice re pruning is how I manage to grow my own fairly small varieties  as well as possible.  I think your own expertise is prob far greater than my own 

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:50

Used to get huge loads of leaf mould from local woods. ,lovely stuff but I began to fear the introduction of honey fungus into my garden so stopped doing this.  (dead trees in the woods, etc)

Bob, what do you think?  Too cautious or am I right to be wary?

Talkback: What to prune in winter

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:46

Best not to prune choisya yet.  Wait for a few weeks.  They respond to hard cutting back.

However, Susie, check under your bush.  Choisyas often layer themselves so look for this.  Every choisya I have grown has been propagated by self-layered pieces.  Simply   remove with knife or secateurs and pot up.  A new plant will grow very quickly.  Sometimes quite a large piece can be found.  

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:40

Hello forkers

Decided not to mention the awful weather again cos there's no point.  Can't change it. Can't stop rain falling, the roads floodimg, the potholes appearing overnight, the dramatic  changes in the coastline, the subsidence and holes suddenly appearing everywhere or the huge damage caused by freakishly strong winds. Or the mud, stones, occasional sewerage and other debris emtering,properties of all kinds.  Can't change the storms coming over the weekend further ruining people's businesses, homes and possessions. Cant change the utter desperation many are,going through or the sheer terror felt by some.

Thank goodness there's a caring creator up there 

No, won't mention the b......weather 

 

Acer

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 10:48

hiya bamboogie

yes I know.  however, I now find by pruning...not large stuff....when shoots are just beginning I can cut without any fear of dieback, etc.  When pruned earlier I found I did suffer die back and had to reprune to those new buds again.  If I had large cuts to make it would be a different matter I think but my pruning is simply to encourage a denseness but it still maintains its natural shape and habit.  works for me.  I will do it again this year prob early next month.  I do the same with japanese willow, removing all the dead tips and branches.  again I have a full colourful and healthy plant throughout the growing season.

I tend towards experimenting very often with pruning and gardening in general but with a fair bit of logic thrown in too  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 08:42

Morning everyone

Not nice today.  Very wet but not much wind.  Before all this wind it was all about the damage all,the rain was causing.  Now its the wind and rain together......  Big storm coming too and everyone is concerned about it.  Again, we all need to keep safe and not take any risks.  

A mild winter again so plants should be fine normally but I think any losses will be down to rotting in the ground.  Not too much will enjoy sitting in wet ground over winter  

Dove, I've heard of olbas oil.  You can use it instead of cooking oil can't you?  Will fry bacon n egg with it later.    We learn so much here don't we? 

 

 

 

Acer

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 22:17

I prune Acer dissectum every spring.  Remove all die back annually and prune all branches back.  Done just as buds are bursting

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:50

Enjoy your chocolate Archie.   Yep, keep warm 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:13

Sorry chicky...missed your post

Got it too.......spelling has it. 

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